You will recall the end of our last article titling “Transfer Duty” briefly mentioned the additional foreign acquirer duty (“AFAD”). In general, AFAD applies to transactions in land which are liable to transfer duty if:
a) the duty liability arises on or after 1 October 2016;
b) the land is AFAD residential land (see below); and
c) the acquirer under the transaction is a foreign acquirer.
AFAD residential land is land in the State of Queensland that is or will be used solely or primarily for residential purposes, where particular conditions are met. These include:
A person will be a “foreign acquirer” if the person is:
However, if there are multiple buyers and only one is a foreign acquirer, AFAD will only apply to the extent of the foreign acquirer's interest under the transaction. Liability for AFAD will not affect any entitlement to a home concession for transfer duty.
If, within three years of the transaction, the acquirer becomes a foreign corporation or the trustee of a foreign trust, it is important to note that the Commissioner of State Revenue must make a reassessment to impose AFAD on the transaction. This may occur, for example, because of a change in the controlling interest in the company or interests in the trust.
If this becomes applicable, you must take action to inform the Commissioner of State Revenue of the changed circumstances within twenty eight days. If you do not, significant additional penalty duty may be payable and interest will be charged from when you are liable to notify the Commissioner of State Revenue. If applicable, this is your responsibility and is outside the scope of our retainer.
If you think AFAD may apply to your transaction, then we suggest you obtain advice in this regard without delay.