Tax on Transfer of Land and Building

A transfer of land and building will cause income tax on the deemed gain on the transfer/ sale to be charged to the transferor (seller). The tax is set at 5% of the gross transfer value (tax base). However, for transfers of simple houses and simple apartments conducted by taxpayers engaged in a property development business, the tax rate is 1%. This tax must be paid by the time the rights to land and building are transferred to the transferee. All the tax paid constitutes a final tax.

In general, the tax base is the higher of the transaction values stated in the relevant land and building right transfer deed or NJOP. However, in a transfer to the government, the tax base is the amount officially stipulated by the government officer in question in the relevant document. In a government-organized auction, the gross transfer value is the value stipulated in the relevant deed of auction.

A notary is prohibited from signing a transfer of rights deed until the income tax has been fully paid.

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