In Tasmania, you must pay stamp duty within three months of the property’s transferral into your name. However, most homebuyers will generally engage the services of a conveyancer or solicitor to assist them during the homebuying process, and they’ll typically handle the paying of your stamp duty for you.
You may want to check with your nominated conveyancer or solicitor for clarity on how this will work, and what the timeline looks like for the payment of your stamp duty.
First home buyers in Tasmania who are purchasing an established home that is worth $600,000 or less for the purpose of using it as their principal place of residence are eligible for a 50% concession on their payable stamp duty.³
First home buyers in Tasmania may also be eligible for the state’s First Home Owner Grant, which offers $30,000 to eligible first home buyers for new build transactions entered into before 30 June 2023.⁴
Tasmania offers a number of stamp duty concessions and exemptions to eligible individuals, including:⁵
However, it’s worth keeping in mind that each of these concessions and exemptions come with their own sets of stipulations and eligibility requirements. Be sure to thoroughly assess your own eligibility for any concessions or exemptions you’re considering applying for before doing so.
As mentioned above, there’s a 50% stamp duty concession available to eligible pensioners downsizing to a smaller, less valuable property.⁶ In order to be eligible for this concession, the following conditions must be met:
Tasmania charges a Foreign Investor Duty Surcharger (FIDS) when residential or primary production property is acquired, directly or indirectly, by a foreign person.⁷
As of April 2020, the FIDS is charged at a rate of:
Foreign buyers may be exempt from paying the FIDS if the property in question is an existing dwelling being purchased by parties to a marriage or significant relationship in equal shares, who plan on using it as their principal place of residence within six months of the purchase and only one of the parties is a foreign natural person.
An exemption also exists for foreign buyers purchasing vacant land with the intention of building a principal place of residence on it. However, if you’re a foreign buyer considering buying property in Tasmania, you should investigate your own potential eligibility for a duty exemption before making any decisions.
In Tasmania, you can pay your stamp duty via mail or electronically at Tasmania Revenue Online.¹
However, most homebuyers tend to work with a solicitor or conveyancer during the homebuying process, and so they’ll typically handle the stamp duty payment process on your behalf.
Like we mentioned before, stamp duty rates vary widely around the country, and the same house could incur notably different amounts of stamp duty if bought in different states and territories.
That’s why we’ve created stamp duty guides for different states and territories around the country, including:
1 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. Property Transfer Duties – Land. 2022.
2 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. Rates of duty. 2022.
3 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. First home buyers of established homes duty concession. 2022.
4 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. First Home Owner Grant. 2022.
5 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. Concessions and exemptions. 2022.
6 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. Pensioners downsizing to a new home duty concession. 2022.
7 State Revenue Office of Tasmania. Foreign investor duty surcharge. 2022.