STAMP DUTY RELIEF FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS
The Minister of Finance (‘Minister’) in the Malaysian Budget 2023 Speech on 24 February 2023 announced that first-time home buyers will continue to benefit from a 100 per cent stamp duty exemption for purchases up to RM500,000 through the Malaysian Home Ownership Initiative (“i-Miliki”), as outlined in Budget 2023.
The i-Miliki project would also provide a 75 per cent stamp duty exemption for first-time home buyers for houses priced between RM500,000 and RM1 million.
According to the Minister, the exemption is part of the Home Ownership Programme (“HOPE”), which exempts first-time buyers from paying stamp duty on transfer documents and loan agreements.
The following subsidiary legislation in respect of Malaysian Home Ownership Initiative (iMiliki) under the Home Ownership Programme 2022/2023 (“iMiliki Initiative 2022/2023”) were gazetted on 9 June 2023 to give effect to the foregoing initiatives:
(a) Stamp Duty (Exemption) Order 2023 [P.U.(A) 176/2023];
(b) Stamp Duty (Exemption) (No. 2) Order 2023 [P.U.(A) 177/2023] (‘E.O. 2/2023’);
(c) Stamp Duty (Remission) Order 2023 [P.U.(A) 179/2023] (‘R.O. 1/2023’); and
(d) Stamp Duty (Remission) (No. 2) Order 2023 [P.U.(A) 180/2023] (‘R.O. 2/2023’).
All of the above-referred subsidiary legislation (“Orders”) are deemed to have come into operation on 1 June 2023.
This stamp duty exemption applies to sale and purchase agreements entered between 1st June, 2022 and 31st December, 2023.
2023 STAMP DUTY REMISSION / EXEMPTION (MALAYSIAN CITIZEN ONLY)