Assessing if business asset transfers are dutiable

In certain cases, transfer duty may not apply to an agreement to transfer business assets if it is solely for the transfer of:

  • a debt of a business
  • a supply right of a business
  • intellectual or personal property of a business.

This only applies if no other property is being transferred in the agreement. See section 37 of the Duties Act 2001 for more information.

Goodwill included in the transfer

Your agreement may not specifically mention goodwill as part of the transaction, but it may still form part of your transaction. If you are unsure, you should speak to your legal or financial adviser. The existence of goodwill may make your transaction dutiable, so it is very important that you clarify this.

Interstate transactions

An agreement may be dutiable in Queensland even if the head office of the business you are buying or some of its clients are located outside the state.

When you buy a business that trades in multiple jurisdictions, the part of the consideration or value that relates to Queensland business assets is dutiable.

See sections 26 and 27 of the Duties Act for more information.

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