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How to lodge for transfer duty

If you have entered into a dutiable transaction, you must lodge your documents within 30 days after the agreement date. If you don’t have an agreement, lodge your documents within 30 days of the date that the last person signs the transfer.

You may have more time to lodge in some circumstances. Read the public ruling on extending time to lodge an agreement (DA019.1) for more information.

There are 2 ways to lodge your documents for assessment:

  • with us directly
  • with a registered self assessor.

It may be easier and faster to lodge your documents with a registered self assessor. Most solicitors and settlement or lodging agents in Queensland are registered self assessors. They can stamp documents for you without having to send them to us at the Office of State Revenue (OSR).

Note that, although they can stamp documents, registered self assessors are not OSR agents and may charge you a fee for their services.

Learn what forms and documents need to be lodged for your transaction.

The process

The assessing and stamping process for documents lodged with us directly follows 4 basic steps:

Step 1: Lodgement

Post the documents to:

Office of State Revenue
GPO Box 2593
Brisbane Qld 4001

If you give us your email address or mobile number, we send you a notification confirming receipt of your documents.

Note: We can’t accept payments or documents in person.

Step 2: Assessment

We calculate your transfer duty liability and post an assessment notice to you. This tells you how much to pay.

If you’re borrowing money to purchase your property, your lender may require a stamped transfer document at or before settlement.

Make sure you allow time for the assessment process because we can’t fast-track it just to meet your settlement date.

Urgent assessments

We will consider urgently assessing your documents where you explain your circumstances in a covering letter or email.

While we cannot guarantee an urgent assessment, we will try to prioritise these matters where possible. This can depend on the total number of lodgements awaiting assessment.

Step 3: Payment

You pay the duty, including unpaid tax interest if applicable. View the options for paying your duty.

Step 4: Return of documents

Once you pay the duty, we return the documents to you by registered post.

Please note that we can’t:

  • forward your documents to another government agency to process further or register
  • return your documents before the duty is paid
  • return your documents because you don’t want to pay the duty and are cancelling the transaction (an assessment is still needed in this case, but you may be eligible for an exemption)
  • arrange for you to collect your documents in person.

Timeframes

We are committed to providing quality and timely service. If you give us all the required information, we can process your documents without delays.

These are our processing timeframes:

  • Standard assessments: 10 working days
  • Complex assessments: 30 working days

We cannot give a timeframe for urgent assessments.

Complex assessments are where your situation involves:

  • mining interests
  • partnerships
  • charitable institution exemptions
  • corporate reconstruction exemptions
  • trust acquisitions or trust surrenders
  • large businesses.

We try to finalise your matter within these timeframes, but note that these apply from when we receive all necessary information from you. Working days don’t include weekends or public holidays.

If you have any queries, you can:

  • phone 1300 300 734 to talk to the assessor
  • write to the Office of State Revenue, GPO Box 2593, Brisbane Qld, 4001.

Registering with other agencies

You must pay the duty and have your documents stamped before you register them with the relevant authority. For example, the stamped Form 1 Transfer and Form 24 are registered with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Contact

For transfer duty enquiries:

  • call 1300 300 734 (Australia) or
    +61 7 3227 6044 (overseas)
  • send an email using our online enquiry form.
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29 March 2017
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