Territory home owner discount
If you're buying an established home, a new home or land to build a new home in the Northern Territory (NT), you may be able to get up to $18,601 off stamp duty.
The home must be your principal place of residence.
From 1 January 2020, you can also apply for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
To find out if you are eligible or for more information, go to the Australian Government's National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation website.
Read below to find out how to apply for the Territory Home Owner Discount (THOD).
Before you apply, you should read the stamp duty guide to the application:
You can get up to $18,601 off stamp duty.
To apply for the THOD, follow these steps:
Step 1. Fill in the application – this can be found in the guide.
Step 2. Submit your application.
If you're claiming the THOD as a reduction on stamp duty, submit your application to your conveyancer or solicitor.
If you're claiming the THOD after the stamp duty has been paid, submit your application by mail or email to:
Territory Revenue Office
GPO Box 154
Darwin NT 0801
If you've already paid stamp duty on your home, you will get a refund into your bank account within five days of your application being approved.
If you disagree with a decision
If your application has been rejected and you believe the decision was wrong, you can lodge an objection.
An objection must be made in writing and submitted to the Territory Revenue Office with 60 days of the decision being made.
You must clearly outline the grounds of objection.
If you're unhappy with the outcome of your objection, you may appeal against the decision to the Taxation and Royalty Appeals Tribunal or to the Supreme Court.
If your circumstances change
At least one applicant for the THOD must live in the home as their principal place of residence within 12 months of purchase.
They must stay there for a continuous period of at least six months.
To find out more about principal place of residence, read the Commissioner's guideline on a principal place of residence:
In special circumstances, the Commissioner can change this requirement.
To find out more, read the Commissioner's guideline on discretion to exempt or vary compliance with the eligibility criteria:
If you're not able to comply with any requirements of your THOD, you must advise the Commissioner of Territory Revenue in writing within 30 days of your circumstances changing.
For more information, contact the Territory Revenue Office by calling 1300 305 353.
Last updated: 05 November 2020
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