Peak body welcomes tax review

June 23, 2022 BY

The REIV is calling on the state government to get rid of stamp duty.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is calling on federal and state governments to use a coming treasurers’ forum to remove
stamp duty.

Stamp duty is essentially a tax that’s paid when some assets, like homes, land and cars are sold, and the REIV sees it as a hinderance to market participation for some home buyers.

Recent media reports suggest property tax policy will be a key agenda item at the July 22 state and federal treasurers’ forum, which is expected to prioritise housing affordability as it considers other economic drivers.

REIV chief executive officer Quentin Kilian said it was pleasing to see that after years of advocating for change, property sector tax reform was on the radar of political leaders.

“We welcome a national discussion on a fundamental overhaul of real estate industry taxation. It is, quite frankly, well overdue,” he said.

“For too long here in Victoria, our government has been reliant on stamp duty, a tax which is hugely prohibitive for first homebuyers looking to get into the market, not to mention new investors and even downsizers.

“Each year the Victorian government derives up to $14 billion in revenue from the property sector, nearly half of all taxation revenue raised, but not much has changed in terms of new support of the sector either by investing in more social housing or contributing to other initiatives that help develop a stable and sustainable property market. This has to change.”

Ahead of the July 22 forum, the REIV will meet with other Victorian property sector bodies to discuss a new and better way forward.

“With this rare opportunity to shape public policy, it’s important the sector comes together to confirm what an alternative tax regime might look like, as we all work together to serve the interests of Victorian homeowners and aspirants,” Mr Kilian said.

“REIV will be representing the interests of more than 2,000 real estate businesses and another 7,000 individual members, who have long been calling for change.”