Understanding Land Tax in NSW:
When Does It Apply?

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Land tax is an annual tax levied on the value of land owned in New South Wales (NSW), excluding the value of any buildings or other structures on the land. It’s a crucial consideration for property investors and landowners, as it can significantly impact the cost of holding land in NSW.

This concise guide will delve into what land tax is, how it’s calculated, and its applicability, with an emphasis on official sources and guidelines.

1. What is land tax?

Land tax in NSW is imposed on landowners, based on the value of all taxable land above a certain threshold. The NSW Government defines land tax as “a tax levied on the owners of land in NSW as of midnight on the 31st of December each year” (Revenue NSW, 2023).

It is important to note that the tax assesses the land value alone, not including buildings or other improvements. Read more here.

Land tax Thresholds and Rates

For the 2023 tax year, the land tax threshold is $822,000, with tax rates applied to land values exceeding this amount. Specifically, “the rate of tax for land values above the threshold is $100 plus 1.6% of land value up to the premium rate threshold, and 2% thereafter” (Revenue NSW, 2023).

These thresholds and rates are pivotal for landowners to understand, as they determine the tax liability incurred. To calculate the land tax you might be liable to pay use this calculator.

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When Does Land Tax Apply?

Land tax applies to landowners who own taxable land as of midnight on the 31st of December each year. If you own land above the threshold value at this time, you are liable to pay land tax for the ensuing year.

This includes both individuals and entities such as companies, trustees, and partnerships holding land in NSW. Not sure if this might be you? See if you meet the criteria here.


Exemptions and Concessions

There are several exemptions and concessions available that can significantly reduce or eliminate the land tax obligation. The most common exemption is for land used as your principal place of residence (PPR).

Additionally, “land used for primary production, or owned by certain non-profit organisations, may also be exempt” (Revenue NSW, 2023).

These exemptions are designed to alleviate the tax burden on homeowners and support agricultural and charitable activities.

More information regarding exemptions can be found at Revenue NSW.

How Is Land Tax Calculated?

The calculation of land tax is based on the combined value of all taxable properties owned, utilizing land values assessed by the Valuer General as of 1 July of the preceding year. Property owners are encouraged to “review their land valuation notices carefully, as these figures directly affect their land tax assessment” (Valuer General NSW, 2023). Click here to use the NSW land tax calculator.

Reporting and Payment

Owners of land above the threshold must register for land tax with Revenue NSW. Click here to register.

Assessments are typically issued in the early months of the year, detailing the tax due and payment options. Payments can be made in a lump sum or through instalments, offering flexibility to landowners.


Land tax is a significant financial consideration for landowners in NSW, underscoring the importance of understanding tax obligations, available exemptions, and payment options. Staying informed of the latest thresholds and rates, as provided by Revenue NSW and the Valuer General, is essential for effective property management and financial planning.

For those seeking to navigate their land tax obligations or explore potential savings, consulting with a tax professional or property adviser is recommended, ensuring compliance and optimisation of tax liabilities.

For the most current information and advice, landowners should refer to official sources such as Revenue NSW and the Valuer General NSW websites, ensuring they are acting on accurate and up-to-date guidance. The above links will take you directly to the relevant and up to date source of that information.

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