Do you understand Your Land Tax Obligations? | Ed Chan

Did you know your Land Tax – may be payable real soon?

In two States of Australia, Land Tax is assessable as of the 1st January 2015!Taxes

Other States, it is assessable at different times.

However, if you own Investment Properties, a Principal Place of Residence that has been rented out (even temporarily), land, or a holiday house, then you need to consider the implications of land tax on your investment.

Still Liable even if Rented

If the property is rented out then you will need to pay land tax with the exception that if it’s an investment property or a holiday home (second home) or a block of land.

These are still liable to land tax even if they are not rented out.


Land tax is calculated based on the Unimproved Value of the land (not property value) held on the one day and they are all different from State to State.  (See assessment dates below).

Properties Interstate? – then Aggregate

If you have properties in different States, then you need to assess your Land Tax Liability (if any), based on the aggregation of properties per State.

Assessment Dates

  1. 31st December NSW, VICTORIA,
  3. ACT has 4 quarterly dates 1st July, 1st October, 1st January, 1st April (liability dates)

If you owned property on that one day than you are liable to pay land tax for the following full 12 months with exception of ACT.

  1. 31st December 2014. Liable for land tax from 1st January 2015 to 30th December 2015
  2. 30th June 2014. Liable for land tax from 1st July 2014 to 29th June 2015.

 You Must Know:

  • Land tax is generally payable for land values (not property values) above the Land Tax Threshold.
  • Each State has their own Land Tax Thresholds, please refer to each OSR for further information.
  • If you are under the land tax threshold there is no land tax to pay for that State
  • Each State taxes Trusts in a different way also and the different types of Trusts are all treated differently for Land Tax purposes.

OSR Direct Links

Please see the following direct links to the Office of State Revenue (OSR) for a comprehensive description of ALL land tax payable for Individuals, Companies, Trustees, etc

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Ed is a founding partner of Chan and Naylor accountants and a leading property tax specialist. He has co-authored 3 best selling books. As a seasoned property investor he shares his unique understanding of the relationship between property investment and tax. Visit

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