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    Taxes on sale of condo

    Hi Guy's, looking for some advice regards taxes to pay on a condo sale, I am currently in uk and the condo is in Pattaya.

    An estate agent has found the buyer and is handling the sale , for 3%.

    Me and the buyer have signed the contract but the estate agent only seems to know about the transfer tax of 2% which is to be shared, and says I will need to pay other tax that the land office will work out.

    I have checked out the web and there looks to be various taxes which looked complex to work out .

    Anybody been through this that can help please

    Much obliged

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    In a normal sale (where a private individual, foreign or thai, sells his condo) the withholding income tax shall be calculated at a progressive rate with a deduction depending on the number of years of possession. For companies withholding income tax payable at the time of transfer is fixed at 1 % over the registered sale price or government assessed value of the property, whichever is higher. Sample calculation for an individual person selling his condo: The sale price (equal to government assessed value) is 800,000 baht, the period of ownership is 2 years and 5 months (= fo tax calculation 3 years). There is a deduction based on the years of ownership as follows: 1 years = 92% 2 years = 84% 3 years = 77% 4 years = 71% 5 years = 65 % 6 years = 60% 7 years = 55% 8 years or more = 50% In this case the deduction is based on 3 tax years of ownership = 77% x 800,000 baht = 616,000 baht. The personal income withholding tax base is 800,000 baht less 616,000 baht = 184,000 baht, divided by 3 (the number of years of ownership) = 61,300 baht as the amount to calculate the yearly personal income tax. The income tax rates in Thailand are: Less than 100,000 baht = 5% Between 100,000 and 500,000 baht = 10% Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 baht = 20% Between 1,000,000 and 4,000,000 baht = 30% More than 4,000,000 = 37% In the sample it is less than 100,000, so 5% income tax of 61,300 baht = 3065 baht personal withholding tax times 3 years ownership = 9200 baht to be paid as personal income withholding tax to the land office at the time of ownership transfer and registration from seller to buyer. As you owned the condo less than 5 years specific business tax is charged at a rate of 3%, plus a municipal tax of 10% over the amount of the specific business tax, bringing it to 3.3% x 800,000 = 26,400 baht. (note: specific business tax is applied over the selling price or gov appraised value whichever is higher) The transfer fee is 2% over the appraised government value, in this sample the appraised value is equal to the sale price, so 2% of 800,000 baht is 16,000 baht In the sample expect to pay a total of around 55,000 baht all-in at the land office. Note, the actual calculation by the land office depends on variables such as the term of ownership, the registered actual sale price and the assessed government value of the unit.
    Selling my condo, how to calculate the transfer fees and taxes?

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    That's great thanks, nicely condensed.

    I'll run the calculation, I'm looking at a sale for 4.5million, and I have had it 10 years.

    Although who knows what the land office valuation will be, I heard they do valuation reviews every four years

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    This is how I see it, going to be expensive to sell

    Price is 4,500,000 and owned for 10 years.
    From table, deduction for 10 years is 50%, i.e. 2,250,000

    Withholding tax base is 4,5000,000 - 2,250,000 = 2,250,000

    Then divided by years owned (10) = 225,000.

    From table yearly tax is

    100,000 @ 5% = 5,000
    125,000 @ 10%=12,500

    = 17,500

    For 10 years = 175,000


    Transfer tax @ 2% = 90,000. Shared with buyer

    Stamp duty @ 0.5%= 22,500 (Specific business tax not applicable as owned > 5 years)

    Agency fee @ 3%= 135,000

    Total is 175,000+45,000+22,500+135,000 =377,500. Gulp!

    Would anyone with an understanding of such complexities please care to comment on my figures

    Cheers

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