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Security trust acquisition or surrender exemption (s.121) toolkit

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    This toolkit brings together everything you need to know about self assessing trust acquisitions or surrenders for security trusts.

    Under section 121 of the Duties Act 2001 the acquisition or surrender of an interest in a security trust is exempt from transfer duty in commercial arrangements where:

    • the trust holds the securities and typically operates as a lender
    • financiers participate in the trust rather than each holding their own security.

    The exemption applies to transactions involving security trusts where:

    • a member joins or exits the security trust as a beneficiary, or their interest varies
    • the dutiable property of the trust comprises only existing rights of the holder of a mortgage, charge, bill of sale or other security over dutiable property in Queensland
    • the trustee holds the rights for the benefit of the beneficiaries of the trust who have provided, or will provide, funds to the trust.

    The exemption does not apply to trust acquisitions or trust surrenders of mortgage-backed securities or other securitisation schemes.

    As a registered self assessor, if you determine this exemption will apply to a transaction, you must assess it in QRO Online.

    Assessing a security trust acquisition or surrender exemption

    Use the section 121 security trusts interactive help to determine if you should apply this exemption to a transaction.

    How to lodge online

    You must complete all mandatory fields under each tab in QRO Online. Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk. There are some specific data entry requirements.

    • Select Transfer—Other than land as the Transaction class.
    • Select Trust acquisition or trust surrender as the Type of dutiable transaction.
    • Select Existing right as the Type of dutiable property.
    • Enter a detailed description of the property (e.g. Deed adding Ace Investment Pty Ltd as a member of the Tower One Funding Syndicate).
    • The transferor is the party surrendering the existing right.
    • The transferee is the party acquiring the existing right.
    • Answer Yes to the question: Is the consideration for this transaction less than the unencumbered value of the property included in this transaction?
    • Enter the unencumbered value of 100% interest in property if known; if unknown, enter $0.00 (nil).
    • Answer Yes to the question: Is an exemption being claimed?
    • Select s.121 exemption acq/surr comprising only existing right from the Exemption type drop-down list.

    Records you need to keep

    For this type of transaction, you must keep:

    Find out more about your record-keeping obligations.

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    Last updated: 16 March 2023