Govt asked to retract taxes on real estate transactions.

Islamabad: Real estate stakeholders have requested the government to retract taxes introduced on real estate transactions through Budget 2019-20; thereby offsetting some of the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on the country’s real estate sector, a news source reported.

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According to details, negotiations have been underway between real estate stakeholders, the federal government, and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the matter. These individuals have been pushing for a reduction in the duration during which the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is applicable to the transfer of properties.

Currently, for a plot sold within eight years of its purchase, the CGT can be as high as 20%. However, realtors have suggested that the duration be reduced to three years, as was the previous practice.

The government had introduced these measures in a bid to increase its revenue by as much as PKR 44 billion. However, the realtors have contended that in view of the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus situation, a certain amount of relief should be provided to the real estate industry.