Land Tax

Overview of the land tax changes


Received a letter about the South Australia land tax changes 2020-21?

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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 assists in the provision of public services such as education, health and public safety.

RevenueSA is responsible for the collection of land tax under the Land Tax Act 1936, the Taxation Administration Act 1996 and associated Regulations.

For details on how land tax is calculated refer to the Guide to Land Tax or the Land Tax Guide to Legislation.

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. Provisions were also introduced to group land owned by related corporations for land tax assessment purposes. For more information please see:

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, do I need to let you know?

Yes. Recent changes now require trustees to notify RevenueSA of any land held on trust by 31 July 2020.

You must also notify RevenueSA within one month of land being acquired on behalf of a trust.

Land held on trust will be assessed separately from other land owned by the trusts. If held under a discretionary, fixed or unit trust it may be subject to the new trust surcharge rates of land tax.

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.

Please note: Enquiries regarding the site value of a property should be referred to the Office of the Valuer-General on 1300 653 346.

Customer Service Charter

We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails regarding the letter received in regard to South Australian Land Tax Changes 2020-21. 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.

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