Obligations for transfer duty self assessors
You have certain obligations to fulfil as a registered transfer duty self assessor. Meeting these obligations will help you avoid delays in completing assessments, reassessments, interest and penalties.
Record keeping requirements
You must keep all information used in assessing a person's transfer duty liability for a minimum of 5 years following the transaction.
We accept electronic records for audit purposes; however, you must keep the original documents because it is an offence to destroy a record, even if it has been duplicated.
Find out more about record keeping for tax purposes.
Cancellation of registration
Complete a notice for cancellation of self assessor registration (Form D12.4). You can also use this form to notify us within 14 days of ceasing to carry on a business.
In most cases, changes in ownership to your business will require your registration to be cancelled. If so, you will need to lodge a new application for registration.
Offences and penalties
We may take legal action or penalise you if you commit any of the following offences:
- endorsing a document without the full payment (inclusive of duty and any unpaid tax interest and/or penalty) being received by either you or the Commissioner of State Revenue
- endorsing a document incorrectly or illegibly
- endorsing the document with false or misleading information
- registering a document relating to an interest in property without properly stamping and endorsing the document
- failing to comply with the record keeping provisions
- wilfully damaging or destroying records.
Penalty amounts imposed are the greater of:
- no more than 75% of the amount of duty payable for the transaction
You are entitled to apply for a review of any decision to impose a penalty. Find out more about reviews of objection decisions.
- Read the public ruling on self assessor rights and obligations (DA000.2).
- Find out how we conduct audits and investigations.
- Read the transfer duty self assessors guide (SA1).
- Last reviewed: 16 Aug 2019
- Last updated: 16 Aug 2018
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- call 1300 132 685
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