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Relevant acquisitions in a landholder

You generally make a relevant acquisition and are liable for duty when you acquire:

  • a significant interest in a landholder
  • an interest that, when combined with other interests held by you or related persons, results in a significant interest.

A 'landholder' is defined by section 165 of the Duties Act 2001 as an entity that has land-holdings in Queensland with an unencumbered value of $2 million or more.

You have an interest in a landholder if you have an entitlement as a shareholder or unit holder to a distribution of the landholder's property either:

  • on its winding up, if the landholder is a corporation
  • on its termination, if the landholder is a listed unit trust.

A significant interest is an interest of 50% or more in a private landholder (unlisted corporation) or 90% or more in a public landholder (listed corporation or listed unit trust).

You also make a relevant acquisition when:

  • you have an existing significant interest in a landholder and your interest increases
  • the interest you acquire is aggregated with
    • pre-existing interests you hold in the landholder
    • interests that a related person acquires or holds in the landholder.

Example - related person

A husband and wife each acquire a 30% interest in a private landholder. As related persons, together they hold a 60% interest in a private landholder, which is a relevant acquisition.

Generally, it is the acquirer who must pay landholder duty imposed on a relevant acquisition.

Lodging relevant acquisitions for assessment

You must complete and lodge a landholder duty statement (Form D3.3) with the Office of State Revenue within 30 days of making a relevant acquisition.

This form must be lodged with:

  • a covering letter listing the documents that you are lodging
  • the contract or share transfer agreement
  • a valuation of the land-holdings and fixtures in Queensland of the landholder company and its subsidiaries.

We may also need the following documents; if you supply these at the same time, it may lead to a faster decision:

  • any valuations obtained to prepare the transaction (e.g. from a due diligence process)
  • the most recent company financial statements and fixed assets register.

After you have lodged the documents, we will either issue a notice of assessment or ask you for more information.

Once we issue an assessment, you must pay the amount owing on or before the due date stated in the notice.

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Contact

Office of State Revenue

  • Call 1300 300 734 (Australia) or
    +61 7 3179 2500 (overseas)
  • Send an email using our online enquiry form.