The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2018, which received Royal Assent in early June, introduces a number of changes to payroll tax, duties and unclaimed money, including those flagged in the 2018-19 Victorian Budget. The amendments, most of which apply from 1 July 2018, include those to the:
Payroll Tax Act 2007
- Reducing the payroll tax rate from 3.65 per cent to 2.425 per cent for qualifying regional businesses.
Duties Act 2000
- Exempting Australian Defence Force personnel from the first home buyer duty exemption/concession residency requirement.
- Aligning the young farmer duty exemption threshold with the exemption threshold for the first home buyer duty exemption, with the exemption available for farmland purchases valued up to $600,000 and the concession for purchases valued from $600,001 to $750,000.
- Introducing an exemption from foreign purchaser additional duty for foreign purchasers jointly purchasing a principal place of residence with their spouse/domestic partner who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen holding a special category visa.
Unclaimed Money Act 2008
- Enabling executors or administrators of deceased estates to make a valid claim where a grant of probate or a letter of administration has been granted, sealed or re-sealed by a Supreme Court of any Australian State or Territory.
Find out more about these and the other amendments
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