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With effect from 5 November 2016, Scale 1 AVD rates are divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 of Scale 1 applies to instruments of residential property and Part 2 of Scale 1 applies to instruments of non-residential property and certain instruments of residential property executed on or after 23 February 2013 but before 5 November 2016. Part 2 of Scale 1 is in essence the prevailing AVD at Scale 1 rates before 5 November 2016. The rates at Scale 1 are as follows:

Part 1 of Scale 1 (Applicable to instruments of residential property executed on or after 5 November 2016 ): A flat rate of 15% of the consideration or value of the property (whichever is the higher)

Part 2 of Scale 1 (Applicable to instruments of residential property executed on or after 23 February 2013 but before 5 November 2016 and instruments of non-residential property executed on or after 23 February 2013):

Amount or value of the consideration
(whichever is the higher)

Rates at Scale 1 (Part 2)

Exceeds

Does not exceed

 

$2,000,000

1.5%

$2,000,000

$2,176,470

$30,000 + 20% of excess over $2,000,000

$2,176,470

$3,000,000

3%

$3,000,000

$3,290,330

$90,000 + 20% of excess over $3,000,000

$3,290,330

$4,000,000

4.5%

$4,000,000

$4,428,580

$180,000 + 20% of excess over $4,000,000

$4,428,580

$6,000,000

6%

$6,000,000

$6,720,000

$360,000 + 20% of excess over $6,000,000

$6,720,000

$20,000,000

7.5%

$20,000,000

$21,739,130

$1,500,000 + 20% of excess over $20,000,000

$21,739,130

 

8.5%

 

With effect from 1 April 2010, stamp duty on sale of immovable property in Hong Kong is charged at rates which vary with the amount or value of the consideration as follows:

Amount or value of the consideration
(whichever is the higher)

Rates at Scale 2

Exceeds

Does not exceed

 

$2,000,000

$100

$2,000,000

$2,351,760

$100 + 10% of excess over $2,000,000

$2,351,760

$3,000,000

1.5%

$3,000,000

$3,290,320

$45,000 + 10% of excess over $3,000,000

$3,290,320

$4,000,000

2.25%

$4,000,000

$4,428,570

$90,000 + 10% of excess over $4,000,000

$4,428,570

$6,000,000

3%

$6,000,000

$6,720,000

$180,000 + 10% of excess over $6,000,000

$6,720,000

$20,000,000

3.75%

$20,000,000

$21,739,120

$750,000 + 10% of excess over $20,000,000

$21,739,120

 

4.25%

 With effect from 1 April 1999, the exact amount or value of the consideration will be used to compute the stamp duty for property transfers. That is, round-up of the value or consideration to the nearest $100 is no more required.

With effect from 31 January 1992, stamp duty at the same rates as conveyances of immovable property is chargeable on agreements for the sale and purchase of residential property. After the agreement has been so stamped, the related conveyance will be chargeable with a fixed stamp duty of $100 only.

With effect from 20 November 2010, any residential property acquired on or after 20 November 2010, either by an individual or a company (regardless of where it is incorporated), and resold within 24 months (the property was acquired on or after 20 November 2010 and before 27 October 2012) or 36 months (the property was acquired on or after 27 October 2012), will be subject to a Special Stamp Duty (SSD). SSD is calculated by reference to the stated consideration or the market value of the property (whichever is the higher), at the following rates for different holding periods of the property by the seller or transferor before disposal - 

Holding period The property was acquired on or after 20 November 2010 and before 27 October 2012 The property was acquired on or after 27 October 2012
6 months or less 15% 20%
More than 6 months but for 12 months or less 10% 15%
More than 12 months but for 24 months or less 5% 10%
More than 24 months but for 36 months or less - 10%

With effect from 27 October 2012, unless specifically exempted, Buyer's Stamp Duty (BSD) is payable on an agreement for sale or a conveyance on sale executed for the acquisition of any residential property. BSD is charged at 15% on the stated consideration or the market value of the property (whichever is the higher).

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