Tax on vacant properties waived in Victoria

Tax on vacant properties waived in Victoria

Owners of vacant land in Victoria will not have to pay tax on their properties this year as part of the state government's sweeping pandemic relief measures.

Announced today by Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, the government will waive the Vacant Residential Land Tax for properties that are vacant in 2020.

The state government says the waiver is necessary considering travel restrictions and heavy lockdown measures which make property inspections impossible and leave many properties vacant that would otherwise be occupied.

Additionally, car park owners will have 25 per cent of this year's congestion levy waived by the state government.

Car park owners can also defer any outstanding balances until next year.

"We've listened to the sector and we've acted. These are small changes but they will make a big difference towards getting to the other side of this virus," says Treasurer Tim Pallas.

"These restrictions are keeping us all safe but they come at a devastating economic cost that's why we're providing billions of dollars in support to those who need it most."

Updated at 3.56pm AEST on 10 September 2020.

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