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  • Properties that are included and excluded

    You need to determine if GST at settlement applies when selling or purchasing property.

    Included property transactions

    Withholding may apply if you purchase or sell:

    • new residential premises
      • house and land
      • off-the-plan
      • display homes
      • new apartments
    • potential residential land
      • property subdivision plan
      • land that could be used to build new residential premises.

    Excluded property transactions

    Some property transactions are excluded from the withholding obligation. Withholding doesn't apply to:

    • new residential premises created through substantial renovations
    • commercial residential premises (for example, hotels, boarding houses, caravan parks)
    • commercial property
    • residential premises that are no longer new because they were sold previously (or subject to a long-term lease) or have been continuously and solely rented for more than five years
    • potential residential land supplied to a GST registered business that acquired it for a creditable purpose – for example, to develop the land, construct and sell new residential premises)
    • potential residential land containing a building in use for commercial purposes – for example, a factory or shop operated where local zoning permits mixed use.

    If you're selling a family home, you may also be excluded from the withholding obligation.

    Find out about a Registered entity acquiring land for a creditable purpose.

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      Last modified: 05 Jul 2021QC 55431