Pakistan: Capital gains tax changes, immovable property

Pakistan: Capital gains tax changes, immovable property

An “amendment ordinance” revises the tax treatment on dispositions of immovable property.

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Previously, the fair market value of immovable property was determined by reference to the basis of a valuation determination made by a panel of approved valuation personnel from the State Bank of Pakistan. With the amendment, the Federal Board of Revenue now has the authority to determine the fair market value of immovable property. In general, the fair market value will be the value fixed by the District Officer (Revenue) or other person authorized for purposes of the stamp duty.

The amended rules also concern withholding tax. For instance, the period of limitations has been reduced from five years to three years. Also, tax is not withheld on the first sale or transfer of immovable property acquired or allotted under certain circumstances.

Changes have been made to the holding period threshold—gain realized on the disposal of immovable property is exempt from capital gains taxation if held for five years (increased from the previously applicable two-year period).

 

Read an August 2016 report [PDF 312 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Pakistan

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