Non-dutiable transactions toolkit
A non-dutiable transaction (NDT) is an agreement, deed, instrument or document that is not a dutiable transaction under the Duties Act 2001. NDTs are different to nil duty and exempt transactions, which are dutiable transactions and must be stamped.
This toolkit brings together everything you need to know about how to handle these transactions as a transfer duty self assessor.
The Duties Act does not require NDTs to be stamped, but they may be stamped if needed for other purposes (e.g. court proceedings).
Stamping non-dutiable transactions
As a registered self assessor, you can stamp NDTs, unless your registration indicates otherwise, in which case you will need to lodge the documents for stamping.
If you stamp an NDT, you must record it on a manual register. They are not entered into QRO Online and a transaction number is not required.
Types of NDT documents
You can stamp the following documents as an NDT:
- an instrument that a court requires to be stamped in order to be produced as evidence
- a non-dutiable instrument that is a deed of trust or relates to a deed of trust
- instruments a government agency requires to be stamped
- any other non-dutiable agreement (e.g. certain franchise agreements).
Each NDT transaction must be recorded in your register and numbered (running consecutively) with the year of stamping noted at the end (e.g. the first NDT document for 2021 is numbered 1/21).
- Assign a number to the NDT.
- Enter the date the document was stamped.
- Enter the name of all parties to the transaction.
- Enter the description of the transaction.
- Enter the date the document was signed by the parties.
- Enter your reference.
Records you need to keep
You must keep the register, a copy of the document you stamped as an NDT and any other supporting information for 5 years. Any audits we conduct will include NDTs.
Find out more about your record-keeping obligations.
Offences and penalties
All offence and penalty provisions under the Duties Act and the Taxation Administration Act 2001 also apply to cases relating to NDTs.
- Last reviewed: 20 Dec 2021
- Last updated: 4 Mar 2022
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