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Immovable Property - Valution Capital Gain Tax - Rates

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asked Aug 2, 2016 in General advice by abrar (200 points)
edited Aug 2, 2016 by abrar


Fair Market Value:

 Earlier, vide a circular letter no. 7(13), dated: June 29, 1993, the Board issued

instructions regarding valuation of Immovable property by the Commissioners.

The Board instructed that the values fixed by the provincial authorities should be

made the basis of valuation.

 It was proposed vide Finance Bill 2016 that fair market value of any property shall

be determined without taking into consideration the value fixed or notified by any

provincial authority.

 However, FA 2016 altogether barred Commissioner from determining Fair Market

Value of Immoveable Property. The same was made to be determined on the

basis of valuation made by a panel of approved valuers of the State Bank of

Pakistan (“SBP”).

Capital Gain Tax Rates:

 Finance Act 2012 (“FA 2012”) for the first time brought capital gain arising out of

disposal of immovable property to tax subsequent to 18th constitutional

amendment, wherein, entry number 50 in Federal Legislative List empowers the

Federal Government to levy this tax.

 Prior to FA 2016 and after FA 2012, capital gains on immovable property sold after

holding upto one year and upto two years were charged to tax at the rates of 10%

and 5%, respectively, whereas, capital gains on property sold after holding for a

period of more than two years were exempt from tax.

 FA 2016 levied capital gain tax at the rate of 10% on sale of a property held for a

period upto five years, whereas, capital gains on property sold after holding for a

period of more than five years were exempt from tax.

 A comparison of tax rate with previous years is provided below:

Holding Period TY 2013 to

TY 2016 TY 2017

Upto one Year 10%

More than one year but less than two years 5% 10%

More than two years but less than five years Nil

More than five years Nil Nil




Fair Market Value:

 The real estate sector strongly opposed the amendments introduced vide FA

2016, especially in section 68 of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (“ITO”), which

resulted in further amendment in ITO after prolonged deliberations among

Ministry of Finance, FBR, Tax Policy Experts, representatives from Real Estate

Sector and other stack holders.

 The amendments are as briefly described as under:

 Amendment in section 68 of ITO is made and FBR is empowered to determine and

notify the fair market values of the immovable property. The rates to be notified

have been agreed for the major cities and the same will be notified by the FBR

soon, however, until the determination of such values by FBR, values already

determined for the purpose of stamp duty shall be deemed to be fair market


 Furthermore, it has also been made clear that following values shall not be less

than the values determined for the purpose of stamp duty or by FBR, as the case

may be:

 Consideration received on disposal of property;

 Value of property at the time of purchase; and

 Valuation of property under section 111

 This means that the powers of district officer under rule 228 of Income Tax

Rule, 2002 to fix a higher value of constructed property, than value under

section 68 of ITO, for the purpose of section 111 of ITO, has been curbed.

 Furthermore, in light of decision by Honourable Supreme Court (2009 PTD

1279), proceedings cannot be initiated, under provisions of section 122 and

likes, for the periods prior this amendment on the basis of Fair market values

determined under section 68 of ITO. However, legality of proceedings on the

basis of other information (undisclosed asset, bank account) will remain


It has further been explained that if the determined fair market value is different

from auction price, the higher of the two values shall be applicable.



Advance Tax on Sale/Disposal or Purchase:

 Moreover, the holding period for exemption from adjustable advance tax on sale or

transfer of immovable property has been reduced to 3 years from 5 years. Also, such

advance tax has been exempted if the seller is dependent of a Shaheed of Pakistan

Armed Forces (“PAF”) or of a person who dies while in the service of PAF or Federal

and Provincial Governments. The advance tax has also been exempted on first sale of

property acquired or allotted as an original allottee.

 Limit for exemption of advance tax on purchase of immovable property has also

been enhanced from 3 million to 4 million.

Capital Gain Tax Rates:

 Capital Gain Tax has been exempted on sale of property if the seller is dependent of

a Shaheed of PAF or of a person who dies while in the service of PAF or Federal and

Provincial Governments. Capital Gain Tax has also been exempted on first sale of

property acquired or allotted as an original allottee.

 For the cases other than above, following Capital Gain Tax rates shall be applicable:

a. For property acquired on or after July 01, 2016

Holding Period Tax Rate

Upto one year 10%

One to two years 7.5%

Two to three years 5%

More than three years 0%

b. For property acquired before July 01, 2016

Holding Period Tax Rate

Upto three years 5%

More than three years 0%

 Capital Gain Tax rates have been reduced by 50% in case of first sale of property

acquired or allotted to ex-servicemen and serving personnel of Federal and

Provincial Governments, being original allottee of the property.




 Following is an example illustrating the difference in revenues accrued to the

exchequer in case of an open Plot in Defence Phase VIII, Karachi (assumed to be sold

within one year).

DC Valuation Value determined by FBR

Value per Square Yard 1,990 20,000

Area 1,000 1,000

Total Value of Area 1,990,000 20,000,000

Advance Tax on Purchase (assumed


0% - 2% 400,000

Advance Tax on Sale (assumed Filer) 1% 19,900 1% 200,000

Total Revenues to Exchequer 19,900 600,000


This publication gives an overview of further amendments introduced vide Income Tax (Amendment) Ordinance,

2016, and is prepared for the general use of our clients/other users, and shall not be a construed as an expert advice

relating to a particular matter. No representation and/ or warranty (written or inferred) are extended as to the

completeness of contents. You should not act upon or take decision(s) on the basis of the information without

soliciting professional advice.

Karachi: Monday, August 01, 2016



1 Answer

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answered Aug 2, 2016 by Abdullah (610 points)
Great article! Explains the property tax in detail.

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