Property transactions attract various types of taxes, often involving complex questions. One main question is whether profits made in property transactions are taxable under the Income Tax Act 1967 or the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976. How will the taxes be assessed when properties are transacted between different parties, or transferred within the taxpayer’s same business? How will transactions involving shares in property companies be treated? How are property transactions by real property companies governed?
This concise yet comprehensive book answers these baffling questions and other issues in relation to tax reporting and assessments of property transactions. It provides a practical understanding not only of the law but also of computation methods involved in taxation associated with the disposal, transfer, and conversion of property.
The text clarifies the concepts of “trading” and “adventure in the nature of trade”, analyzing the principles of law in determining whether a property is an investment or a stock in trade. The book discusses the taxation of housing developers and contractors with reference to the guidelines provided in Public Ruling No. 1/2009. The tax liability which may arise from land transactions by land-dealing and money-lender companies is examined. The treatment of income from the property rental business and the eligibility for capital allowances are considered. The book also explores taxation issues on timber and sand-extracting activities. A thorough analysis of the facts and principles propounded in several significant cases provides a better understanding of the complicated issues.
Tax professionals, revenue lawyers, accountants, property and business owners as well as tax students and taxpayers in general will benefit from the book as it contains discussions on how to determine the gains and tax liability on the disposition and transfer of property.
- Focused discussion on taxation of property transactions.
- A detailed explanation of the scope, limits, and operation of the concept of “adventure in the nature of trade”.
- Provides essential guidance on whether a property transaction is subject to real property gains tax or income tax.
- Discusses transfers of property within the taxpayer’s business, taxation of real property companies, and treatment of rent as business income.
- Case studies highlight important and illustrative points of facts and law.
- Easy and practical presentation of the text and case studies facilitates quick yet clear understanding.
- Written by an experienced tax lawyer who is a former Assistant Director of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.
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