NSW Stamp Duty Reforms: Change of Beneficial Ownership – where have we landed? Significant changes to leases and option transactions

By Jinny Chaimungkalanont and Mark Peters The new “change in beneficial ownership” provisions (covered in our note here) have been in force in NSW since 19 May 2022 (State Revenue and Fines Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous) Act 2022 (NSW)[1]). Almost six months on, Revenue NSW has released Commissioner’s Practice Notes (CPN) on the provisions generally and … Read more

Changes to the WA stamp duty farm-in concession

By Nick Heggart, Tristan Boyd and Louise Van Wyk A bill has been introduced into the Parliament of Western Australia to amend the Duties Act 2008 (WA) (Duties Act), in relation to farm-in agreements and related transactions (Amending Bill).[1] Reform of the longstanding farm-in stamp duty concession was first announced on 28 November 2018 (Announcement … Read more

Resettlement Series: Resettlement risks beyond the trust deed

By Jinny Chaimungkalanont and Mark Peters Resettlement risk continues to be one of the most significant risks that trustees and beneficiaries need to manage in the administration of trusts of any kind. The duty and tax consequences of an inadvertent resettlement of some or all of the trust property are manifold, including: Read more

Trust Resettlement Series: Amending the trust deed

By Mark Peters Resettlement risk continues to be one of the most significant risks that trustees and beneficiaries need to manage in the administration of trusts of any kind. The duty and tax consequences of an inadvertent resettlement of some or all of the trust property on new trusts are manifold, including: Read more

Windfall Gains Tax on its way to Victoria

The Victorian Government has continued with its intention to introduce a new windfall gains tax (WGT) in respect of gains made by landowners arising from increases in land value following rezoning of land. Following consultation with stakeholders, further details about the value mechanism and rezoning and transaction exemptions have been announced. Read more