FBR to notify property value throughout the country, says Ishaq Dar

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KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been authorized to notify the valuations of the properties throughout the country including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, said Ishaq Dar, Federal Finance Minister in a press conference at FBR Islamabad office on Saturday.

The minister announced the government has accepted the demand of the real estate stakeholders by reducing the period of property holding from five years to three years.

“The valuation of major cities between FBR and stakeholders has already been decided in recently held meetings which would be announced by the FBR through a notification, while the valuation process of some small cities is in the progress, which would also decide in next few days,” the minister informed.  Till that time the DC valuation rate in these cities will be upheld and the FBR would also resolve valuation issue in next few days.

Taking back his previous decision of property holding up to five year, Ishaq Dar said it has been decided in the meeting that property holding period would be three-year throughout the country. Most of the overseas Pakistanis are investing in the construction businesses and they have complained that five year is a longer period for the construction industry.

In the budget 2016-17, the government has fixed 10 per cent Capital Gain Tax (CGT) on properties up to five year, but now it has been decided to fix 10 per cent for one-year,–  7.5 per cent for 1-2 year, — five per cent for 2-3 years. “It has been divided in to three slabs to benefit the stakeholders,” he added.

The finance minister said we have fixed five per cent CGT for those property holders who purchased their properties before July 1, 2016 and if they will sell their properties before three years so they have to pay 5 per cent Capital Gain Tax.

As per new process, Mr Dar said, the valuation notification of the FBR would also determine future tax value of Withholding Tax, Property Tax, CGT. He also asked the provincial governments to adopt the same procedures for their provinces to improve the property taxes.

He also informed that the Capital Gain Tax would be implemented on properties of above Rs 4 million instead of Rs 3 million. Earlier, the government had announced to take CGT on the property worth Rs 3 million in last budget 2016-17.

Mr Dar said now the stakeholders of the real estate have agreed these terms and conditions and now Federal Board of Revenue will notify the valuations instead of the state Bank of Pakistan.  Through these decisions, both stakeholder and governments would get benefit from the new valuation of the FBR, he added.

He further informed that these valuations of the properties would be for yearly basis and the same valuations issue would be discussed in every federal budget.

President FPCCI Rauf Alam said the government has accepted our all demands by resolving these property’s valuation issues after a detailed meetings with Haroon Akhtar advisor to the Prime Minister and FBR Chairman and other officers and thanked Ishaq Dar who announced the long-awaited property valuation issue.

He said all the stakeholders have already accepted the valuation matters discussed with the FBR and said both parties government and Real Estate Stakeholders would get benefit from it.

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