Changes to the Eligibility for the Commonwealth Age Pension
On 1 January 2017, the Federal Government changed the eligibility criteria for the Age Pension. These changes mean some people will no longer be eligible to receive Age Pension payments.
Pension eligibility determines access to local concession schemes, including the ACT Pensioner General Rates Rebate and the Fire and Emergency Services Levy Rebate. ACT residents who become ineligible for the Age Pension as a result of the Commonwealth Government’s changes will no longer qualify for these rebates.
For more information about changes to the eligibility for the Commonwealth Age Pension and access to local concession schemes click here.
The ACT Revenue Office will contact relevant people to seek clarification of their eligibility for these rebates in future years. This will be done well in advance of
2017-18 rates bills being issued.
Changes to Stamp Duty in the ACT
On 15 December 2016, the Treasurer introduced reforms to the Duties Act 1999 and other Acts to implement a new system to collect stamp duty.
These changes to how stamp duty is collected, known as the ‘Barrier Free’ model, will make buying property simpler and more efficient because buyers will no longer pay stamp duty before settlement of a property.The new system will minimise the number of interactions with the ACT Revenue Office, leading to faster turnaround for customers. Buyers will only have to lodge documents once at Access Canberra.
The implementation of the Bill will be timed with the launch of the ACT Revenue Office’s new IT system, this is expected mid 2017, for more information about changes to stamp duty please click here.
Welcome to the ACT Revenue Office website. This website provides information about how duties and taxes are administered in the ACT, including rates, thresholds and calculators. Advice on various concessions and grants for ACT property transactions is also included. All amounts are shown in Australian dollars.
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