You could potentially own 18 properties before paying any land tax as long as you plan things out properly.
The old saying “one does not plan to fail, one fails to plan” is true in most things in life including the amount of land tax you pay.
For example if you buy a property in partnership between two people then you have lost one whole land tax threshold.
In NSW that will cost you an extra $6,000 in land tax for no reason when if the second property is in your spouse’s name then you have doubled your land tax threshold or saved $6,000 a year in land tax.
That’s a lot of money because property is a long term investment and over 10 years that’s $60,000 or $120,000 over 20 years of land tax that need not have been paid if you had taken proper tax advice and planned things out before putting the wrong name on that Contract of Sale.
Since land tax is a state tax, once you have “used up” your land tax threshold in one state, than by buying property in another state the land tax threshold starts again.
You could potentially have 18 properties around Australia before you need to pay any land tax at all.
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