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  1. charlyB

    charlyB DI Senior Member

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    As i have said before in a previous post CGT capital gain tax is another phrase from the English language that has been hijacked by filipino's and is used completely wrong.
    It is actually a tax 6% on the selling price, you could sell at a lower price than you bought the property for hence no gain and yet you still have to pay this nonsense.
    Also be aware of zonal value, CGT is charged on whichever is the higher, the selling price or the zonal value.:bag::greedy::poop:
     
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    Senjenbing DI Forum Adept Veteran Marines Navy

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    Generally the seller will decide & agree the "taxable" value of the land/property. This is mostly due to the fact that the seller hasn't paid the taxes in full since he/she bought the land and is therefore "owed" to the government. The land tax currently runs at 1% (provinces) of the value per annum (2% for cities). Also the CGT on the sale runs at 6% so if the buyer grees to the lower "value" with the seller then the seller has a lower debt and, in general, the buyer's lawyer fees could also be lower as these are also often a percentage of the property value. Everyone saves and the government miss out.
     
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    Notmyrealname DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster Showcase Reviewer

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    On this issue of property taxes you might be correct - but try telling the many people who served (and some still serving) life sentences for murders they never committed and where the evidence pointed to the fact they were innocent. Some even had the 'honour' of a posthumous pardon! So often the system outsmarts us all.
     
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    Stefan_Negros DI Member

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    I never tried to outsmart the system. Hence I am clean and cannot be blackmailed and or sued.

    That's more important to me than saving a few thousand Pesos. Even if everybody is doing that, I don't.
     
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    Many do - but it is illegal (tax evasion, not avoidance).

    I read of a Court case between two people arguing over a land deal and it was shown that the declared sale price was not the same as the declared value (i.e. under valuing). The Court stated they were bound to inform the BIR of the facts.

    If this is ever tightened up on then the costs of property transfers will be astronomical because of the fact, as my Learned Friend Mr. C. Brown, Esq. often points out, CGT is NOT CGT at all but a Land Transfer Tax.

    Lawyers here (everywhere in fact) are not THAT generous - they charge fees based on the actual price paid by the buyer and not the price declared.
     
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