The Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Reform in Victoria seeks to replace the current stamp duty system for commercial and industrial property transactions. Stamp duty, considered a barrier to business investments, will be progressively eliminated for properties settled from July 1 2024. The reform, endorsed by various inquiries, including the Henry Tax Review and the Productivity Commission, aims to boost business growth by removing upfront costs for around 265,000 commercial and industrial properties.
The reform will apply when a property has:
A property is considered to have a qualifying commercial or industrial use if it meets one of the following conditions at the settlement date of a property transaction:
The reform excludes:
Commercial and industrial properties purchased before July 1 2024, are exempt unless 50% or more of the property is transacted after this date.
Existing concessions for stamp duty on commercial and industrial property will continue. Transfers eligible for the Regional Commercial and Industrial Duty Concession will receive a 50% reduction. Existing land tax exemptions apply to the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax.
The Commercial and Industrial Property Tax will be 1% of the property’s unimproved land value. The tax commences ten years after the first eligible transaction, following the midnight assessment on December 31 each year.
The unimproved land value is calculated with the Capital Improved Value (CIV) standards, where a property represents the assessed value of the land, structures, and any additional capital enhancements on the property, determined through the general valuation process. This value is presented on the property’s council rates notice.
To alleviate the upfront burden, a government-facilitated transition loan is offered for properties with a purchase price of $30 million or under. The loan, available to eligible purchasers, has a fixed interest rate over ten years, with the first repayment due 12 months after settlement.
Further details on fiscal impacts, legislation, and additional information on the reform are expected to be released before the start date of July 1 2024.
Talk to our team at AFS & Associates for more information.