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Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) Rates Increased in Malaysia

As everybody known, the RPGT rates on gains has been raised from disposing of real properties with effect from 1 Jan 2014.

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Under this new property ruling, any gains on properties sold within the period of the first 3 years, the RPGT rate is increased to 30% to individual and companies as well. Those holding within the period of 4 and 5 years, the RPGT rates were increased to 20% and 15% respectively. However, for properties sold in the 6th year or thereafter, no RPGT is imposed on any transactions happen on residential units whereas commercial ones are taxed at 5%.

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For foreigners, the RPGT is imposed at a rate of 30% for properties sold within the holding period of 5 years, and RPGT rate is imposed at 5% for any properties sold in the 6th year and thereafter.


Let say Mr. Lee bought a unit of condominium from a property developer on 1st March 2012 at a price of RM 265,000 and sold his property on 1st Jan 2014 at RM 350,000. So, this property is sold within 2 years from the date of purchase.

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How to Calculate Real Property Gains Tax?

Under Budget 2010, effective from 1st January 2010, Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) has been re-imposed and it has fixed at 5% on the gains from the disposal of real property. The RPGT for the first year is 5% and it’s same for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year whereas previously the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) is progressive from 0 to 30 percent, depending on the property holding period.

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Previous Real Property Gains Tax RPGT Rates

The below rates apply for disposals before 1st Jan 2010.

Category of Disposal Rate of Tax (%)
Disposal within 2 years 30
Disposal in the 3rd year 20
Disposal in the 4th year 15
Disposal in the 5th year 5
Disposal in the 6th year and subsequent years 0

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