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Stamp Duty on Cars and Vehicles

Stamp duty on cars is a state tax charged for processing a vehicle’s registration to transfer ownership. It is laid out in the Stamp Duties Act.

Car Stamp Duty Rates 

The stamp duty rate you pay will depend on the state where you live and will be registering the vehicle. It is also dependent on the vehicle's value. The majority of state revenue offices operate stamp duty cars on a sliding scale based on value.

State by State Stamp Duty Rates Tables

 

New South Wales

Value

Sydney Stamp Duty

Vehicles valued below $45,000

$3 per every $100

Vehicles valued at or above $45,000

$1,350, plus $5 per every $100

Victoria

Vehicle Information

Stamp Duty

Green passenger vehicles with emissions below 120g C02/km

$8.40 per $200

Primary passenger vehicle

$8.40 per $200

New commercial vehicle

$8.40 per $200

Motorcycles

$8.40 per $200

Vehicles (new or used) below the value of $69,152

$8.40 per $200

Vehicles (new or used) valued between $69,153 - $100,000

$10.40 per $200

Vehicles (new or used) valued between $100,000 - $150,000

$14 per $200

Vehicles (new or used) valued over $150,000

$18 per $200

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Queensland

Dutiable Value of $100,000 or less

Stamp Duty

Electric and hybrid vehicles

$2 per $100

1-4 cylinder

$3 per $100

5-6 cylinders

$3.50 per $100

7+ cylinders

$4 per 100

Dutiable Value over $100,000

Stamp Duty

Electric and hybrid vehicles

$4 per $100

1-4 cylinder

$5 per $100

5-6 cylinders

$5.50 per $100

7+ cylinders

$6 per $100

South Australia

Non-Commercial Vehicle Value

Stamp Duty

Under $1,000

$1 per 100 (a minimum of $5)

$1,001 to $2,000

$10, plus $2 per every $100

$2,001 to $3,000

$30, plus $3 per every $100

Over 3,000

$60, plus $4 per every $100

Commercial Vehicle Value

Stamp Duty

Under $1,000

$1 per 100 (a minimum of $5)

$1,001 to $2,000

$10, plus $2 per every $100

More than $2,000

$30, plus $3 per every $100

Northern Territory

In NT, the calculation for car stamp duty is $3 per $100 of the vehicle's dutiable value. If you purchase the vehicle from a dealership, you will pay based on the purchase price. If you purchase it from someone you know, you will pay based on market value.


Tasmania

Vehicle Market Value

Stamp Duty

Under $600

A flat rate of $20

Over $600, but under $34,999

$3 per $100

Over $34,999 but under $39,001

$1,050, plus $11 per $100 over $35,000

$40,000 or over

$4 per $100

Western Australia

Dutiable Value

Stamp Duty

Up to $25,000

$2.75 per every $100

$25,001 to $50,000

R% of the vehicle's dutiable value. R = [2.75 + (dutiable value – 25,000)/6,666.66 and rounded two decimal places]

Over the value of $50,000

$6.50 per every $100

Australian Capital Territory


The ACT car stamp duty calculator draws on the price of the vehicle and CO2 emissions.

Cars worth less than $45,000

Stamp Duty

Class A

Nil

Class B

$1 per every $100

Class C

$3 per every $100

Class D

$4 per every $100

Cars worth more than $45,001

Stamp Duty

Class A

Nil

Class B

$450, plus $2 per every $100

Class C

$1,350, plus 4% per every $100

Class D

$1,800, plus $6 per every $100

Second-Hand Car Stamp Duty 

Stamp duty must also be paid on used or second-hand vehicles, the same way it is for new vehicles. Some states offer different rates depending on whether you have purchased a new or used vehicle, however, the majority go solely based on the purchase price. States typically calculate the stamp duty payable by organising value into several categories. The lower the transfer fee or market value of the vehicle, the lower the duty. 

If you do not pay your car stamp duty the state will reject the registration. Not only will your vehicle be unregistered, but you will also likely face penalties. If you are caught operating an unregistered vehicle you may face jail time.


How to Calculate Car Stamp Duty 

Using Queensland as an example for stamp duty calculator car: 

  • For a light vehicle with 7 or more cylinders valued at $47,000, you would need to pay $1,880 in stamp duty.


  • For a light vehicle with an electric or hybrid engine, using the same value, only $940 stamp duty would be due. 

If you exceed the luxury car tax threshold, you will also need to factor in an additional 33% of the value above the threshold.



Car Stamp Duty Refunds 

If you pay stamp duty to register or transfer the vehicle you can apply for a refund if you meet your state's eligibility criteria. You will need to consult your state's guidelines. You may also be able to apply for a refund if you return the vehicle to the dealership where you purchased it within three months.



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There are many business activities that QuickBooks Accounting Software can help you with, from payroll to accounting, tax, and BAS workflows. It's the best way to start the financial year, and it works with a lot of apps to make your life as easy as possible.

While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information presented as at 01 May 2023, Intuit is not providing you with professional advice and we recommend you obtain your own professional advice. Intuit is not liable for your use of the information presented.

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