What is Land Tax?
Land Tax is an annual tax charged on all property you own that is above the land tax threshold. Generally speaking, your principal place of residence is exempt.
2021 Land Tax Thresholds
Revenue NSW has announced the Land Tax thresholds for 2021 are as follows:
General threshold: $755,000
Premium threshold: $4,616,000
The general threshold for 2021 has increased by $21,000 from 2020. The premium threshold for 2021 has increased by $128,000.
How is land tax calculated?
Land Tax is calculated on the total value of all your taxable land above the threshold, not on each individual property. If the combined value of your land does not exceed the threshold, no land tax is payable.
The rate of tax is calculated as $100 plus 1.6% of the land value up to the value of the premium threshold. The rate of tax increases to 2% after the premium threshold.
The threshold is applied to land holdings on 31 December each year and is applied for the full year following the taxing date of 31 December. No pro-rata calculation applies.
How is the land value determined?
Land value is determined by the valuations issued by the Valuer General to Revenue NSW. The valuation from the previous year is used. For example, the 2020 value is used for the 2021 tax year. Note: the value is based on land only and does not take into consider any improvements on the land.
What do I do if I think I may be liable to pay Land Tax?
If you haven’t received a notice of assessment you can register online or phone Revenue NSW on 1300 139 816.
It is your responsibility to register for Land Tax if the value of all your taxable land is above the threshold. It is not the responsibility of Revenue NSW to notify you that you are required to be registered and/or follow up payment. This is the case even if you haven’t received a notice of assessment from them.
Failure to register for land tax may result in penalties such as interest charges.
For more information about registering for land tax, you can click through to this link to the Revenue NSW website.
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