What is transfer duty and who pays it?

Transfer duty (formerly known as stamp duty) is a State Government tax payable by buyers of real estate calculated on the value of the property.

You can calculate transfer duty using our settlement calculator.

A buyer may be eligible for a reduced rate of transfer duty if they are a first home buyer or are buying a residential property.

All contracts must be lodged at the Office of State Revenue for transfer duty assessment within 2 months of the contract date. If you fail to do so you may be liable to pay a fine or late lodgement penalties.

We’ll lodge your contract for assessment for you, but make sure you appoint us before the lodgement date.

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