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Singapore Upcoming Property Tax Hike

Upcoming Property Tax Hike in 2024, Mitigated by 100% One-Off Rebate

Singapore’s Response to Rising Property Taxes

Singapore’s homeowners are set to face another increase in property taxes in 2024. To alleviate the financial burden on property owners, particularly in light of cost-of-living concerns, the government has announced a one-off rebate that could cover up to 100% of the tax increase.

Scope of the Tax Increase

The upcoming tax hike will affect both Housing Board (HDB) flats and private properties, driven by increased market rents and the annual values of most residential properties. In addition, the tax rates for more expensive private residences will also see an uptick.

Government’s Rebate Strategy

This rebate, applicable to all owner-occupied residential properties, is structured to maintain the progressiveness of the property tax regime. It aims to ensure that individuals with greater financial means contribute their fair share to the tax system.

Background of the Tax Revision

The property tax increment for most homes in 2023 was based on the annual review of properties’ annual values, which determine the tax payable. A similar one-off rebate of 60% was provided then. From January 1, 2024, the annual values of HDB flats and most private residential properties will reflect the surge in market rents.

Exclusions and Special Considerations

Owner-occupied HDB flats are exempt from these increases. The tax rates for properties in which owners reside will continue to be lower than those for properties that are rented out. The calculation of a property’s annual value, based on potential rental income, considers factors like property size, condition, location, and other physical attributes.

Details of Taxable Amounts and Rebate Implications

With the rebate in place, owners of one-room and two-room HDB flats will be exempt from property tax in 2024. For other HDB flat types, the rebate will automatically reduce the property tax due, resulting in a minimal average monthly increase.

  • 3-room flats: Approx. S$4.10 monthly tax, S$1.50 increase
  • 4-room flats: Approx. S$12.80 monthly tax, S$2.40 increase
  • 5-room flats: Approx. S$17.90 monthly tax, S$4.30 increase
  • Executive HDB flats: Approx. S$22.30 monthly tax, S$6.30 increase

Private property owners will also benefit from the rebate, with lower-value properties seeing less than S$15 increase per month, while higher-value properties will experience a more significant rise.

Broader Implications and Support Measures

In tandem with the tax increase, the government plans to adjust the annual value thresholds for social support schemes, such as MediShield Life premium subsidies, from January 1, 2024. This adjustment ensures continued support for Singaporeans in greater need.

Payment Reminders and Assistance

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) reminds all property owners to settle their 2024 property taxes by January 31. Those facing financial challenges are encouraged to contact IRAS for suitable payment arrangements. A 5% penalty is slated for late payments or failure to arrange payments through GIRO by the due date.

Property owners can expect to receive their tax bills before December ends, providing ample time to prepare for these changes.

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