Queensland Stamp Duty Exemption for Small Business Restructures

Queensland small business owners who restructure their business on or after 7 September 2020 by transferring assets from a sole trader, partnership or discretionary trust structure to a company structure may be eligible for either a full or partial duty exemption on the transfer.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the exemption as a:

  • sole trader, you (the individual owner) must be a shareholder of the company.
  • partnership, all partners must be shareholders of the company.
  • discretionary trust, all beneficiaries must be shareholders of the company.

The exemption doesn’t apply if assets:

  • are being transferred from an entity with business assets more than $10 million;
  • are being transferred from an entity with annual turnover of more than $5 million;
  • includes residential property;
  • are being transferred to a company that has traded before;
  • are being transferred between companies; and
  • are being transferred out of a company structure.

Full or partial exemption

A full exemption applies if ownership levels both before and after restructure remain the same.  A partial exemption may apply if the existing owners retain ownership but change ownership levels or introduce new owners.

Should you want to know about these changes please contact us on (07) 3910 5675 or [email protected].

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