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Stamp duty in WA is a state government tax applied to the sale or transfer of many personal and business-related assets, most commonly real estate. When buying or otherwise taking possession of homes or land, it’s referred to as Western Australia land transfer duty.
Each state in Australia applies stamp duty differently, with individual rates, purchase thresholds, and exemptions that eligible buyers will need to understand how to calculate payable duty or apply for concessions when purchasing a home.
The stamp duty you will pay may vary, depending on:
You can use the WA stamp duty calculator to estimate how much duty may be payable.
The person or business purchasing the property or receiving the transfer of assets will be liable to pay stamp duty in WA. As this can often be a significant additional cost on the purchase price of property, it’s important to estimate the transfer tax on properties so you can clearly understand your financial obligations.
Stamp duty can be paid by direct deposit, cheque, credit card, and other major payment options. In most cases, you will receive a notice from your state government office, delivered to the address of the purchased property or by e-mail. This letter will often contain:
Payment due dates can be anywhere between the day of settlement and up to three months following the purchase of property.
|Purchase price of property||Stamp duty payable|
Up to $80,000
1.9% per dollar up to $80,000
$80,001 - $100,000
$1,520 plus 2.85% per dollar over $80,000
$100,001 - $250,000
$2,090, plus 3.8% per dollar over $100,000
$250,001 - $500,000
$7,790 plus 4.75% per dollar over $250,000
More than $500,000
$19,665 plus 5.15% per dollar over $500,000
When purchasing property in WA, the buyer will need to apply for a Duties Assessment Notice from the State Revenue Office within 2 months from the date of settlement.
WA stamp duty needs to be paid within 1 month following the issue of the duties notice.
The First Home Owner Rate of Duty allows for exemptions and concessions when purchasing a property as your first home. This exemption only applies to:
There are also various grants available to first-home buyers which may help further reduce the cost of purchasing a home.
You can visit the WA Department of Finance site to learn more about thresholds, exemptions, and how to contact your state office.