Stamp duty increase for properties exceeding RM1m now effective July 1, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 29): The increase of one per cent in stamp duty for the instrument of transfer for property exceeding RM1 million to RM 2.5 million is now effective July 1, 2019.

In a statement today, the Finance Ministry said the government would maintain the current stamp duty rate for six months from Jan 1 to June 30, 2019 to encourage the sustainability of activities in the real estate sector.

The government had previously during the tabling of the 2019 Budget, announced that the stamp duty would be raised from three per cent to four per cent for this category effective Jan 1, 2019.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (pictured) said the Pakatan Harapan government was very concerned and fair in determining a sufficient time frame for the transfer process to be undertaken in the interim before the new stamp duty becomes effective.

“As announced in the 2019 Budget, the government had agreed to grant a 100 per cent stamp duty exemption to first time house buyers for properties priced between RM300,000 to RM1 million,” he added.

He said for houses priced up to RM300,000, stamp duty is exempted on the instrument of transfer and loan agreement for the sale and purchase executed between Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2020.

“For homes priced between RM300,001 to RM500,000, the instrument of transfer and loan agreement is exempted, but limited to the first RM300,000, for the sale and purchase agreement completed between July 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2020.

“However, the exemption is limited to the instrument of transfer for the purchase of houses priced between RM300,001 to RM1 million from any housing developer, from Jan 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019,” Lim said.

He also said the exemption of the stamp duty is aimed at continuing to encourage first time house purchases by Malaysians, improving the purchase of unsold units from developers, as well as boosting the property market,

“This is also a move towards overcoming the increasing residential property overhang,” Lim added.

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