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2014 State Budget

Numerous proposed amendments relating to property law in New South Wales (NSW) were announced by the Treasurer, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, on 17 June 2014 as part of the 2014 State Budget.
Proposed abolition of various duties from 1 July 2016:
  • Mortgage duty
  • transfers of business assets

New Home Grant
Amendments to the New Home Grant Scheme were made in relation to eligibility and the time limit for making an application. The following amendments apply to agreements for sale or transfer entered into on or after 1 July 2014, and transfers that occur on or after 1 July 2014, other than transfers made in conformity with an agreement for sale or transfer entered into before 1 July 2014:-

  • Eligibility for a grant under the New Home Grant Scheme will be restricted to one grant per financial year.
  • Another restriction was placed on the Purchasers applying for a New Home Grant. Purchasers must be an Australian citizen, Australian Resident or an Australian-owned body.
  • The time limit, previously three months, to lodge an application under the New Home Grant Scheme has been abolished.
First Home Owner Grant (New Homes)
More first home owners will be eligible under the First Home Owner Grant (New Homes) Scheme through the amendment which has increased the cap from $650,000 to $750,000. This means that an eligible transaction that has a total value of up to $750,000 will qualify for a First Home Owner Grant for a new home.
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