If you own vacant land or an unoccupied home in Victoria, you need to know that the government has made changes that could add to your tax bill.
If you own a home or land and it has been unoccupied for more than six months of the calendar year, you must notify the state revenue office by the 15th of January every year. While some exemptions surrounding the tax may apply (more on this below), the state government still requires you to inform them of your property’s status. You can notify the state revenue office via their website.
As per The State Revenue Office, a property is deemed vacant if uninhabited for over six months in the previous calendar year by:
Properties that may be exempt from the tax include:
The rate will stay at 1% of capital improved value for any unimproved land (a property that doesn’t have any permanent or substantial structure in it) that is impacted.
When other types of ‘residential land’ are vacant for consecutive years, there will be increases as so:
Year 1: 1% of capital improved value
Year 2: 2% of capital improved value
Year 3 (and subsequent years): 3% of capital improved value.
Properties that were held in trust when the changes were announced will also be exempt.
Newly built homes may also be exempt from the additional vacant land tax for up to two years from the date a building permit for construction or renovation was issued. This will apply if the owner can prove that an active effort has been made to sell them at or below the price they expected to sell for when they began construction.
From 1 January 2025, Victoria’s vacant residential land tax will apply to properties throughout all of Victoria.
In addition to Victoria’s vacant residential land tax changes, it has been announced that foreign investors with unused residential land purchased as far back as 2017 will be hit with significantly increased vacancy fees. This applies at a nationwide level.
If you own a vacant property or vacant land in Melbourne or Victoria and it is not a holiday home or you don’t plan to lease it to tenants or build, you will need to update your budget to include the additional tax.
Talk to our team at AFS & Associates for more information.