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Stamp duty in Western Australia (WA), also known as transfer duty, is a state government tax applied to the sale or transfer of many personal and business-related assets, most commonly real estate.
Stamp duty in Western Australia is calculated on a sliding scale according to your property value. A concessional rate applies to business or residential properties valued under $200,000 and rates increase thereafter with the property value.
Stamp duty costs in WA will vary depending on:
|Property value||Stamp duty payable|
$0 - $120,000
$1.90 per $100 or part thereof
$120,001 - $150,000
$2,280, plus $2.85 per $100 or part thereof above $120,000
$150,001 - $360,000
$3,135, plus $3.80 per $100 or part thereof above $150,000
$360,001 - $725,000
$11,115, plus $4.75 per $100 or part thereof above $360,000
$28,453, plus $5.15 per $100 or part thereof above $725,000
|Property price||Owner-occupier stamp duty||Investment stamp duty|
|Property value (home)||First-home buyer stamp duty|
$0 - $430,000
$19.19 per $100 or part thereof above $430,000
General rates apply
|Property value (vacant land)||First-home buyer stamp duty|
$0 - $300,000
$13.01 per $100 or part thereof above $300,000
General rates apply
The property buyer (person or business) or whoever receives the asset (even as a gift) pays stamp duty in WA (unless an exemption applies). Keep in mind that stamp duty is an additional cost you need to factor in on top of your property cost, conveyancing and insurance.
The good news is that most lenders will allow you to increase the principal amount of your home loan to account for stamp duty. This will increase your home loan repayments. If you're buying a property with the help of a conveyancer, they may take care of the paperwork and lodge the payment with the revenue office on your behalf.
In WA, stamp duty is payable within 30 days of when your duties assessment notice is issued. Late payment penalties apply. Your conveyancers must apply for the duties assessment notice with the local revenue office within two months of settlement.
Stamp duty can be paid by direct deposit, cheque, credit card, and other major payment options. In most cases, you'll receive a notice from RevenueWA or the state’s department of finance delivered to the address of the purchased property or via email. This letter will often contain:
Western Australia has a stamp duty exemption for first-home buyers purchasing a new property or vacant land up to the following price threshold:
In WA, stamp duty exemptions also apply when:
There’s also a $10,000 first-home buyer grant in WA that may help further reduce the cost of buying a home.