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The New South Wales Government recently introduced a Bill relevant to trustees of discretionary trusts that either own or will own residential land in New South Wales. It deals with when the surcharge purchaser duty and surcharge land tax that are aimed at foreign persons will apply to discretionary trusts.

The surcharge purchaser duty is currently 8% (i.e. in addition to the duty otherwise payable) and the surcharge land tax is currently 2% (i.e. in addition to the land tax otherwise payable). The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2019 (NSW) (“Bill”) will make the following...

Understanding Transfer Duty in NSW

Transfer duty, commonly known as stamp duty, is one of the biggest upfront costs when buying a property and it has been known to catch many buyers out when they don’t factor transfer duty into the...

Parental alienation in family law disputes

When the romantic relationship between parents breaks down, parental alienation is sometimes used as an unfair tactic to harm one parent's relationship with their children. There are remedies...

Current Laws Governing Retirement Villages

Australia has an aging population, which is causing retirement village popularity to skyrocket. Because of this, it's essential that the law keeps up with the market demand and the changing...

Downsizing Dos and Don'ts

There comes a time in many people's lives when they look to move from their family home into a smaller, more manageable property.