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Stamp Duty in New South Wales
Stamp duty is a kind of levy which operates similar to a tax. Stamp duty in New South Wales is administered by the NSW Office of State Revenue.
Stamp duty is imposed on ‘dutiable transactions’. Some common examples of dutiable transactions include transfers of shares or units, and transfers of ‘dutiable property’ such as land. However, there are also a number of concessions and exemptions from stamp duty, the most relevant to individuals being the first home buyers’ scheme.
The rules for how stamp duty is imposed and how much duty is payable are contained in the Duties Act 1997. The NSW Office of State Revenue provides some guidance on how stamp duty is imposed and how concessions and exemptions are applied in a number of revenue rulings.