NSW to phase out stamp duty as state announces record deficit

NSW to phase out stamp duty as state announces record deficit

NSW to phase out stamp duty as state announces record deficit

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet will undertake the state’s biggest tax reform in decades with stamp duty to be phased out to boost the economy as NSW records a historic $16 billion budget deficit.

In his fourth budget, handed down on Tuesday, Mr Perrottet said replacing stamp duty with an annual land tax on new property transactions would be a key stimulus measure, injecting as much as $11 billion into the state's economy over four years.

"This is the reform we need to implement," Mr Perrottet said.

The state's debt will peak at $104 billion in 2023/2024 and the budget will not return to surplus until 2024/2025. NSW has not had a budget in the red for almost a decade.

NSW state budget as it happened: Stamp duty to be phased out amid $16 billion state deficit; Dominic Perrottet delivers speech to Parliament

NSW’s infrastructure pipeline will grow to $107 billion, which will include a significant $812 million investment in new social housing.

Payroll tax will also be overhauled, with the rate to be reduced from 5.45 per cent to 4.85 per cent, which will deliver businesses savings on average of $34,000 a year over the next two years. The change will cost $2.1 billion in revenue to the state.

The threshold for when payroll tax kicks in will be permanently increased from $1 million to $1.2 million and small businesses that do not pay the tax will be given $1500 in vouchers to help pay government and council fees and charges.

NSW will spend $29.6 billion on its COVID-19 response over the next five years, and NSW Treasury forecasting assumes a vaccine will start to roll out from the middle of next year.

It is expected 20 per cent of people in NSW will be vaccinated by the end of the September quarter in 2021, and some social distancing restrictions will continue until a vaccine is widely available.