IN A move that could ease pressure on NSW property prices, overseas investors who buy up residential real estate in NSW will be slugged higher stamp duty fees and land taxes.
Foreign buyers will have to stump up an extra four per cent stamp duty from next week and an pay an additional 0.75 per cent on their annual land tax by January 1, 2017.
According to The Daily Telegraph, NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian was going to bring in a “foreigner land tax” when she presents the Budget next week, but today’s news shows she changed to a stamp duty surcharge. The extra stamp duty fee is similar to, but not as harsh as, the additional seven per cent foreign buyers in Victoria will have to pay from July 1. Overseas buyers south of the border also have to fork out an extra 1.5 per cent on land tax.
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Foreign buyers will be slugged with an extra stamp duty fee and higher land taxes. Picture: Nigel Hallett