New Property Tax Reforms in Victoria: What You Need to Know

Starting July 1, 2024, Victoria will implement significant reforms to the taxation of commercial and industrial properties. We aim to guide you through these changes to ensure you understand their impact and can plan accordingly.

Transition to a New Tax System

  • Elimination of Traditional Duties: The familiar stamp duties on transactions involving commercial and industrial properties will be abolished. This marks a significant shift in property transaction costs.
  • Introduction of the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax (CIPT): A new CIPT will be implemented, levied annually at 1% of the property’s site value. Properties qualifying for a Build-to-Rent tax benefit will enjoy a reduced rate of 0.5%.

How Properties Will Enter the CIPT System

The transition to this system will occur through specific types of transactions, referred to as ‘entry transactions.’ Here are some scenarios to help you understand:

  • Entry Transaction Example: Consider a scenario where your company purchases a commercial property on July 1, 2025. This purchase will be categorized as an ‘entry transaction,’ thereby initiating the application of CIPT. The CIPT will begin to apply ten years from the date of entry, allowing for financial planning around this new expense.
  • Consolidation Example: If you plan to consolidate multiple parcels of land, with some already within the scheme and some not, the consolidated parcel will assume the earliest entry date among those previously included. This affects when CIPT obligations will commence.
  • Subdivision Example: Should you subdivide a parcel that was entered into the tax reform scheme on February 1, 2026, all resultant parcels will inherit this entry date. CIPT charges will apply from the tenth anniversary of this date, impacting long-term development and investment strategies.

Financial Implications

We stress the importance of understanding the financial implications of these reforms:

  • CIPT Liability: It is impotant to note that as the property owner at the time of taxation, you will be responsible for the CIPT.
  • Additional Taxes: CIPT does not replace other taxes; it is an additional charge. This includes ongoing obligations such as land tax and local government charges.

Planning for Transition: Transitional Loans

To manage the transition, particularly the financial burden of initial duties, transitional loans may be offered:

  • Example of a Transitional Loan: If facing significant duty costs upon the initiation of an entry transaction shortly after the reform takes effect, consider a transitional loan. Such loans are repayable over ten years, with terms designed to ease the immediate financial impact. This is particularly advantageous if you anticipate liquidity constraints.

Preparing for Change

  • Stay Informed: These changes are significant, and staying informed will help you make strategic decisions.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Engage with your lawyers and tax professionals to navigate these changes. Tailored advice can help you optimize your property portfolio in light of the new tax regime.


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