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The Honourable Prime Minister had announced that with effect from 1 January 2010, chargeable gains from the disposal of real properties which are held more than 5 years will be exempted from the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) of 5%. Therefore, any gains from the disposal of real properties in which the holding period is within 5 years from the date of acquisition of the real properties will be subject to RPGT at the rate of 5%.

This exemption is applicable on gains from all types of real property including shares in real property companies disposed by all categories of property owners who are individuals (citizens, permanent residents, noncitizens and non-permanent residents of Malaysia), companies as well as other property owners.

An Exemption Order under the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976 will be gazzeted as soon as possible.

Tax Analysis Division
Ministry of Finance
28 December 2009