Got your Land Tax Assessment?
Land Tax Assessments are now being sent. Taxpayers can expect to receive their Assessments by the end of 2020.
For the 2020-21 financial year there have been some changes to the way land is grouped for assessment. This may mean you may receive Assessments for multiple ownerships for the first time, and you will also notice that any exempt land you own (such as your home) is also listed on your Assessment, though it remains exempt.
Guidance on the new Land Tax Assessment is available on the Understanding the Land Tax Assessment page.
Related corporations can find specific information about their Land Tax Assessments on the same page, under the Corporations heading.
If you have received your Assessment and would like to lodge a query, or you think that your Assessment is wrong, please use our online query form. Please note: Enquiries regarding the site value of a property should be referred to the Office of the Valuer-General on 1300 653 346.
You need to notify RevenueSA if you hold land on trust. Some trusts have the option to nominate beneficiaries/unitholders. See our land held on trust page for information.
If you want more information about the changes to land tax in 2020-21, please see the land tax changes page.
Land ownership, site value and land use as at midnight 30 June each year is used to determine the land tax for the forthcoming financial year. Land tax revenue helps provide public services such as education, health and public safety.
How is land tax assessed?
From the 2020-21 financial year, changes apply to how land tax is assessed for land owned in multiple ownerships or held in trust. Changes have also been introduced to group together any land owned by related corporations for land tax assessment purposes. For more information please see:
Who is liable for land tax?
The owner of the property at midnight 30 June is liable to pay the land tax assessed for the forthcoming financial year. Where a property sells after 30 June, the vendor (seller) is still liable for the land tax.
It is a common practice (and sometimes a contractual requirement) for land conveyancers to arrange a proportional adjustment between the purchaser and the vendor of land, for any applicable land tax at the time of land settlement. This adjustment should be calculated as if the property being sold is the only taxable property in the ownership.
Who is liable for land tax when a property is sold after 30 June?
The owner of the property at midnight 30 June must pay the land tax for the forthcoming financial year. Where a property was sold after 30 June (that is, during the financial year), the vendor (seller) is still liable for the land tax.
There is no provision in the legislation for a pro rata payment, or 'dividing', of the land tax between a buyer and a seller where a property is bought and sold during the year.
It is common (although not a legal requirement) for land conveyancers and solicitors to arrange an adjustment of the land tax at the time of land settlement, for the buyer and the seller. This adjustment should be calculated as if the property being sold is the only taxable property in the ownership.
Speak to your conveyancer or solicitor if you have specific questions about the adjustment of land tax at the time of settlement.
How do I estimate what my land tax will be?
Visit our rates and thresholds page for detail on the land tax rates and thresholds.
You can use our calculator to estimate your land tax.
Are there any exemptions available?
An exemption from land tax may be available depending on the use of the property and/or the owner of the property.
I hold land on trust, what does this mean for me?
Land you hold on trust may be taxed at the Trust land tax rates, which includes a surcharge of up to 0.5% on the general land tax rates and a lower threshold of $25,000.
Land held on trust will be assessed separately from other land owned by the trustees. If held under a discretionary, fixed or unit trust it may be subject to the trust surcharge rates of land tax.
Trustees must notify RevenueSA of any land held on trust within one month of acquiring the land on behalf of a trust.
See our land held on trust page for more information on how land held on trust is assessed.
How do I update my contact details?
If you wish to change your address details, please complete the online update contact details form.
For further information, please contact RevenueSA.
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Want to update your postal address?
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Who collects land tax and under which legislation?
RevenueSA is responsible for the collection of land tax under the Land Tax Act 1936, the Taxation Administration Act 1996 and associated Regulations. Find out more and view these and other acts on our Legislation page.
Customer Service Charter
We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails regarding the 2020-21 Land Tax Assessments. Our team are working hard to respond to all queries as quickly as possible during this busy period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience.
RevenueSA aims to provide an efficient and responsive service, and will ensure that your privacy and confidentiality is respected. During the period October to March, RevenueSA experiences a major increase in land tax enquiries. As a result, delays may occur. Our staff are dedicated to resolving enquiries and strive at all times to respond in the shortest possible time.
When contacting us please provide your ownership number and assessment number. You can find these numbers on your Land Tax Assessment (previously known as a Notice of Land Tax Assessment).
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