I've just received my first land tax bill and would like to know how to minimise any future bills. I like the above suggestions but none of them are suitable in my case. The only way I can buy in other states is by employing a buyer's agent or by spending lots of time interstate learning about markets that I know very little about. I'd rather buy in an area that I am familiar with. I've read lots about buyers agents, some of it has been positive, some not so; hence, not prepared to use one at the moment. I like to buy new property that comes with high depreciation allowances. My wife's income is very low so if I buy in her name, I won't be able to take advantage of the tax losses, in particular the depreciation. This also applies to trusts which don't allow trustees to distribute losses. Any suggestions???