Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD)

BSD is tax paid on documents signed when you buy or acquire property located in Singapore.

Requirement to Pay BSD

You are required to pay BSD for documents executed for the sale and purchase of property located in Singapore. BSD will be computed on the purchase price as stated in the document to be stamped or market value of the property (whichever is the higher amount)

If the benefit is stated in the document to be stamped and is a cash discount (i.e. cash, non-post dated cashier order or cheque) to be given to the purchaser upon execution of the document (and not later), the amount of discount may be deducted from the purchase price to determine what is the amount of consideration for stamp duty purpose.  This is provided that the nett price is still reflective of market value. 

If the document to be stamped stated a non-cash benefit to be given (e.g. furniture voucher, rental guarantee, car or lucky draw), the value of benefit is not deductible from the purchase price for stamp duty purpose.  

If the cash or non- cash benefit is not stated in the document to be stamped, the value of the benefit is also not deductible from the purchase price for stamp duty purpose.

The first instrument executed relating to a sale and purchase is liable to ad valorem duty (i.e. full duty). Subsequent document(s) relating to the same sale transaction are not liable to Stamp Duty.

Acquisition of Property through an En-bloc Purchase or “Block” Purchase

Where multiple properties are acquired collectively, Stamp Duty will be calculated on the total purchase price of the multiple properties if:

  1. There is a single contract for the purchase of the multiple properties; or
  2. The purchases of the multiple properties are dependent and conditional on one another

Stamp Duty on a Single Contract for Multiple Properties

Where there is a single contract for the purchase of multiple properties followed by individual documents for the purchase of each property, the single contract should be stamped at ad valorem duty based on the total purchase price.

Stamp Duty on Multiple Documents

Where there are multiple documents (with purchases which are dependent and conditional on one another), only one of the documents is required to be stamped at ad valorem duty, based on the total purchase price of all the related properties.

For more information, please refer to our e-Tax Guide on the Stamp Duty Treatment For The Acquisition of Multiple Properties (Second Edition) (96KB).

Rates and Computation

BSD1 is computed based on the purchase price or market value of the property, whichever is higher.

 

Prior to 20 Feb 2018, the BSD rate was up to 3%. With effect from 20 Feb 2018, there are differentiated BSD rates between residential and non-residential properties. The BSD rate for acquisition of residential properties on or after 20 Feb 2018 is up to 4%.


For definition of residential or non-residential properties, click here.


The BSD rates before and after the 2018 Budget changes are as follows:

 

Before 20 Feb 2018   
 Purchase Price or Market Value of the PropertyBSD Rates 
 First $180,000 1%
 Next $180,000 2%
 Remaining Amount 3%

 


On or after 20 Feb 2018     
Purchase Price or Market Value of the PropertyBSD Rates for residential properties BSD Rates for non-residential properties 
 First $180,000                 1%                         1%
 Next $180,000                 2%                         2%
 Next $640,000                 3%

            

                         3%  

 Remaining Amount                 4%
1 BSD is rounded down to the nearest dollar.

Remissions

Acquisition of residential properties during the transitional period 

If a buyer of a residential property has been granted an Option to Purchase on or before 19 Feb 2018 and executes it on or before the earlier of the following dates:

  1. 12 Mar 2018; or 
  2. date of expiry of the validity period (without any extension of the validity period or variation to the option on or after 20 Feb 2018),

the buyer may apply to IRAS for remission to apply the BSD rates prior to 20 Feb 2018. 

 

To apply for the remission, please complete the application form and email the completed form to sd_mail@iras.gov.sg within 14 days from the date of execution of the instrument.

You will receive:

  1. a payment slip within 14 working days from the date of submission of the application; and
  2. a notification to download the stamp certificate after the payment has been cleared at your e-Stamping inbox (for registered users) or the email address provided in the application form (for non-registered users).

There is no need to email the instrument or other documentary evidences to IRAS for the purpose of this application unless specifically requested by IRAS. 


(Please note that sd_mail@iras.gov.sg is a temporary mailbox set up for the purpose of this remission. This mailbox will be closed on 19 Apr 2018, 2 months after 20 Feb 2018.)

Acquisition of residential land for non-residential development

Acquisition of residential land (i.e. vacant land or entire building with land zoned “Residential”, “Residential/ Institution”, “White”, “Commercial & Residential” or “Residential with commercial at 1st storey”) may qualify for upfront BSD remission (by way of the difference of the BSD rates for residential and non-residential properties) if the remission conditions are met. Please refer to part A and B below for the remission conditions.


To apply for the remission, please write in to IRAS within 14 days from the date of acquisition with a copy of the instrument, original letter of undertaking to comply with all the remission conditions and other documentary evidences listed within the conditions below. 

 

A. BSD remission for acquisition of residential land with use restriction

This is a BSD remission for acquisition of residential land that is restricted1 from residential use/ development (e.g. where the entire site or part of the site must be developed for non-residential purposes). If remission is granted, the BSD rates for non-residential properties would apply on the entire site or the part of the site restricted from residential use/development.

The BSD remission may be considered, subject to the following conditions:

  1. X%2 of the gross floor area (“GFA”) of the subject property (as the case may be) must be developed/ used for non-residential purposes;
  2. Not to develop and/ or use X% of GFA of the subject property for residential purposes;
  3. Notify the IRAS immediately should any of the X% of GFA of the subject property be subsequently developed and/ or used for residential purposes;
  4. Submit the following documents to IRAS within 14 days from the date of the acquisition:
    1. Technical Condition of Tender for the Government Land Sales site;
    2. Written Permission (“WP”) issued by URA for the redevelopment; or
    3. Any other documents or information that the Commissioner of Stamp Duties (“COSD”) may require in relation to the undertaking;
  5. Pay to the COSD as a debt due to the Singapore Government an amount equal to the BSD remitted with immediate effect from the earlier of the following: 
    1. The date that any of the X% of GFA of the subject property is used for residential purposes; or
    2. The date that regulatory approval (e.g. WP) is granted for the development of residential units; and
  6. Pay the amount recoverable by the COSD under condition (e) at the place stated and in the manner provided in a notice served by the COSD within one month after the service of the notice by the COSD.

 Notes
1 Imposed by the relevant authorities.
2 X% refers to the specific percentage (based on GFA) of the site that must be used/developed for non-residential purposes.

 

B. BSD remission for acquisition of residential land without use restriction for 100% non-residential development 

A buyer who acquires a residential land that does not have any use restriction1 may wish to build a 100% non-residential development. In such case, he may qualify for BSD remission (by way of the difference of the BSD rates for residential and non-residential properties), subject to the following conditions:

  1. Not to develop and/ or use the subject property for residential purposes;
  2. Notify the IRAS immediately should the subject property be subsequently developed and/ or used for residential purposes;
  3. Submit the following documents to IRAS within 14 days from the date of Temporary Occupation Permit (“TOP”) or Certificate of Statutory Completion (“CSC”), whichever is earlier:
    1. Written Permission (“WP”) issued by URA for the redevelopment;
    2. TOP or CSC issued by BCA; and
    3. Any other documents or information that the Commissioner of Stamp Duties (“COSD”) may require in relation to the undertaking;
  4. Pay to the COSD as a debt due to the Singapore Government an amount equal to the BSD remitted with immediate effect from the earlier of the following:
    1. The date that the subject property is used for residential purposes; or
    2. The date that regulatory approval (e.g. WP) is granted for the development of residential units; and
  5. Pay the amount recoverable by the COSD under condition (d) at the place stated and in the manner provided in a notice served by the COSD within one month after the service of the notice by the COSD.

Notes
1 Imposed by the relevant authorities.

For other remissions, please click here.

 

 

Market Value of the Property BSD Rate Calculation 
 First $180,0001% = $1,800 (1% x $180,000) 
 Next $180,0002% = $3,600 (2% x $180,000) 
 Remaining $2,140,5503% = $64,216.50 (3% x $2,140,550) 
 BSD  = $69,616.50 ($1,800 + $3,600 + $64,216.50)
 BSD Payable (rounded down to the nearest dollar)  = $69,616

 

 

 Market Value of the PropertyBSD Rate  Calculation
 First $180,0001%  = $1,800 (1% x $180,000) 
 Next $180,000  2% = $3,600 (2% x $180,000)
 Next $640,000 3% = $19,200 (3% x $640,000)
 Remaining $1,500,550 4% = $60,022 (4% x $1,500,550)
 BSD Payable   = $84,622 ($1,800 + $3,600 + $19,200 + $60,022)

 

Since the land is zoned “Commercial and Residential”, 60% and 40% of the gross floor area of the property is deemed attributable for residential and non-residential purposes respectively. BSD rates for residential and non-residential properties apply on the respective component.

Assumingat the breakdown of the purchase price is $8,000,000 for residential component and $12,000,000 for non-residential component, the BSD payable is: 

 Market Value of the PropertyBSD Rate Calculation 
 For the residential component    
 First $180,0001%  = $1,800 (1% x $180,000)
 Next $180,000 2% = $3,600 (2% x $180,000)
 Next $640,000 3% = $19,200 (3% x $640,000)
 Remaining $7,000,000 4% = $280,000 (4% x $7,000,000)
 BSD for the residential component   = $304,600 ($1,800 + $3,600 + $19,200 + $280,000)
For the non-residential component
 First $180,000 1% = $1,800 (1% x $180,000)
 Next $180,000 2% = $3,600 (2% x $180,000)
 Remaining $11,640,000 3% = $349,200 (3% x $11,640,000)
 BSD for the non-residential component   = $354,600 ($1,800 + $3,600 + $349,200)
 BSD Payable  = $659,200 ($304,600 + $354,600)

 

For rates before 22 Feb 2014, click here.
  • My sale and purchase agreement is dated 20 Feb 2018. Can I pay stamp duty based on the old rates?

    No, the new BSD rates will apply. However, if you satisfy the conditions of the remission for purchase of property during transition period, you may apply to IRAS for remission so that the old BSD rates will apply.

  • My Option to Purchase was granted on 1 Feb 2018 and I exercised it on the 19 Feb 2018. Do I need to apply for the remission of BSD for acquisition of residential properties during the transition period for the old BSD rates to apply?

    As the Option to Purchase was granted and exercised on or before 19 Feb 2018, the old BSD rates will apply and there is no need to apply for the remission.

  • I am a Singapore Citizen buying my first property. Do I need to pay BSD?

    Yes, your purchase is subject to BSD. BSD is payable on all acquisitions of immovable properties in Singapore. It is not dependent on the nationality of the buyer or the number of properties that the buyer owns.

  • I am buying a HDB shop with living quarters. Is my purchase subject to BSD rates for non-residential property?

    No, as this is a property where one of the permitted uses is for residential use, the BSD rates for residential and non-residential properties would apply on the value attributable to the respective components. 

  • I am buying a semi-detached house with land zoned “Residential”. The semi-detached house has been approved as a child care centre. Is my purchase subject to BSD rates for non-residential property?

    No, as this is an acquisition of the building and land, the applicable BSD rates would depend on the zoning of the land. Since the land is zoned “Residential”, BSD rates for residential property applies.

  • I am buying the upper floors of a shophouse which have been approved as a child care centre for 3 years. Upon expiry of the approval, the use will automatically revert to residential use. Is my purchase subject to BSD rates for non-residential property?

    No, the BSD rates for residential properties will apply as this is a residential property and the use as a child care centre is only a temporary permitted use.

  • I am buying the upper floors of a shophouse which have been permitted for restaurant use by a Written Permission given under section 14(4) of the Planning Act for a period exceeding 10 years. Is my purchase subject to BSD rates for non-residential property?

    Yes, the BSD rates for non-residential property will apply since the properties acquired are permitted for non-residential use.

  • I am buying a land zoned “Commercial & Residential”. What is the market value attributable to the residential and non-residential component?

    For a land zoned “Commercial & Residential”, 60% GFA of the land is deemed attributable for residential purpose and the remainder is deemed attributable for non-residential purpose. You may get a professional valuer to value the part of the property attributable to residential and non-residential purposes.

  • Can the contracting parties change the date of instrument to avoid paying higher duty?

    No. The Commissioner of Stamp Duties takes a serious view of any attempt to evade or reduce the incidence of duties. Evasion of duties is an offence under section 62 of the Stamp Duties Act. Any person guilty of such an offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of up to 3 years or to both. The Commissioner of Stamp Duties may also disregard or vary any arrangements meant to evade or reduce the incidence of duty, and impose the duty (including late stamping penalties, if applicable) which would otherwise be payable.

  • Do I need to pay the ABSD if I have paid the BSD?

    ABSD remains payable in addition to the BSD by buyers of certain profiles. For more information on ABSD, please refer to www.iras.gov.sg.

  • I executed a contract to acquire a land zoned “White”. Its allowable use includes residential but I would like to develop a 100% non-residential development instead. Is the BSD payable calculated based on the BSD rates for non-residential properties?

    As 100% GFA of the land is deemed attributable for residential purpose, the BSD payable would be calculated using the BSD rates for residential properties on the full purchase price or market value, whichever the higher. The BSD has to be paid within 14 days from the date of execution of the instrument.

    However, since you are constructing a 100% non-residential development, remission may be applicable. Please refer to part B of the remission section. 

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