If you have recently finished building a new home or a substantial renovation of an existing home, you may be eligible for a refund of the land tax you have previously paid on the property.
You must satisfy all these conditions to qualify for this refund:
- You must have lived at the property as your principal place of residence (PPR) for at least six months after the construction or renovation was completed.
- You must not have derived any income from the property during any period that you did not live in it as your home.
- If you claimed a PPR exemption on another property while you were building or renovating the home, you can also claim this refund for the newly built or renovated home, but only for the year that you moved in.
- You must apply for the refund before the end of the year after the year you moved into the newly built or renovated home.
If your home was issued with a certificate of occupancy or of final inspection, the certificate’s issue date is the first day that you can legally reside in the home. We consider this date when evaluating whether you are eligible for this refund.
The maximum refund available is for either:
- Two years of land tax paid on the property during the time it was being built or renovated.
- Up to four years if there was a delay due to unexpected events, planning delays, damage or other delays beyond your control.
Log in to My Land Tax
Apply for a refund online via My Land Tax:
Select the relevant property
Once logged in:
- Select ‘Properties’.
- Alongside the relevant property, choose ‘I live here and want to apply for a principal place of residence exemption’ from the ‘Amend property’ menu.
- Select ‘Next’.
Provide property information
Read and complete the declaration, then answer a series of questions that give us the information we need to process your request, including:
- Names of all owners living at the property.
- Certificate of occupancy or certificate of final inspection issue date (if this applies).
- Occupancy date.
- Details of any renovations.
- A timeline of events if the construction or renovation took more than two years to complete. Your timeline should:
- Start from the date of your planning application.
- Continue to the date your home or renovation was completed.
- Include the dates and a detailed explanation of any delays.
- Details of any business conducted on the property.
- Details of any income derived from the property before it became your residence.
You also have the opportunity to enter the details of the bank account you would like the refund paid into.
When you have answered the questions, review the summary and, if everything is correct, select ‘Submit’.
We may contact you if we need additional information. We will write and tell you or your authorised representative the outcome of your refund application.
If, while you are waiting for our decision on your application, your land tax is due for payment in full or by instalment, you should pay that amount on time. If you do not pay the assessed tax on time, interest may accrue daily on the outstanding amount.
You can monitor the status of your application in the ‘Submissions’ section of My Land Tax.