Closing the loophole on land tax

The NSW Government is launching a new crackdown on land tax compliance, putting landowners not paying their fair share on notice.

Acting Chief Commissioner of State Revenue Kelly Wood said a new investment of $7.1 million from the NSW Government will improve information management and help fund additional compliance officers to identify people who are avoiding the tax.

“The majority of people are doing the right thing, but some people have been avoiding paying land tax for years, making it unfair for those who are meeting their obligations,” Ms Wood said.

Land tax is paid by those whose aggregate taxable landholdings is above the tax-free threshold, which is $692,000 for the 2019 year.

In 2018, around 190,000 individuals and 60,000 companies were required to pay land tax. The average amount payable was $14,803, or $6,678 for individuals and $39,629 for companies.

“Revenue NSW is also offering a three-month amnesty period for landholders who may be unaware of their land tax liabilities to come forward and tell us about their landholdings without incurring any additional penalty on top of their existing liability,” Ms Wood said.

Landowners are advised to contact a financial advisor for advice. Landowners can also update details of their properties via the land tax online portal and sign up to receive future notices of assessment via email. As part of this crackdown, more flexible payment options will be available.

For further information, landowners can contact Revenue NSW via their website or on 1300 139 816. The three-month amnesty will be up until 31 January 2020.

The crackdown is expected to recoup $100 million in the first year.

Source: Department of Customer Service