Increase in BSD Rate for Residential Properties

With the Budget Statement on 19 February 2018, Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD) for residential properties in Singapore has increased. BSD is computed based on the purchase price or market value of the property, whichever is higher.

Prior to 20 Feb 2018, the BSD rate for all types of properties was up to 3%. With effect from 20 Feb 2018, there are differentiated BSD rates between residential and non-residential properties.

The BSD rate for acquisition of residential properties on or after 20 Feb 2018 is up to 4%.

The BSD rates before and after the 2018 Budget changes are as follows:

Before 20 Feb 2018
 Purchase Price or Market Value of the Property BSD Rates
 First $180,000  1%
 Next $180,000  2%
 Remaining Amount  3%


On or after 20 Feb 2018
Purchase Price or Market Value of the Property BSD Rates for Residential Properties BSD Rates for Non-Residential Properties
 First $180,000                  1%                          1%
 Next $180,000                  2%                          2%
 Next $640,000                  3%                          3%
 Remaining Amount                  4%

Remission (Selective)

Acquisition of residential properties during the transitional period

If a buyer of a residential property has been granted an Option to Purchase on or before 19 Feb 2018 and executes it on or before the earlier of the following dates:

  1. 12 March 2018; or
  2. date of expiry of the validity period (without any extension of the validity period or variation to the option on or after 20 Feb 2018),

the Buyer may apply to IRAS for remission to apply the BSD rates prior to 20 Feb 2018.

For more remissions, please refer to the source link below.
[Source: IRAS]