The BIR has just released Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 16-2011 (posted at the BIR Website ) dated October 27, 2011 which increased the threshold amounts for VAT on the sale of residential lots and house and lots and the lease of residential units. as well as the threshold amount for the sale of goods and services subject to VAT.
Thus, effective January 1, 2012. the sale of a residential lot which is PHP1,919,500.00 and below. and the sale of a residential house and lot which is PHP3,199,200.00 and below are exempt from VAT .
The lease of a residential units which is PHP12,800 and below shall also be exempt from VAT effective January 1, 2012.
If a person’s gross annual receipts/sales on the sale or lease of goods or properties or performance of services other than those mentioned in Sec. 109 of the Tax Code does not exceed PHP1,919,500.00. he shall be subject to 3% percentage tax instead of the 12% VAT.
What does this mean to the ordinary person?
Effectively, with the thresholds for VAT-exempt sales now being
higher, people can purchase real estate at a price lower by 12% for the affected price ranges .
For example, a residential house and lot which is sold for PHP2,600,000.00 now will have a 12% VAT of PHP312,000.00. But when the same property is sold for the same price, PHP2,600,000.00 on January 1, 2012, it will not be subject to the 12% VAT. so the effective savings is PHP312,000.00.
I think though that this may have the effect of pushing sales to January 1, 2012 onwards for those properties within the affected price ranges. For the sellers, their selling prices will be effectively lower, thus their products will become more affordable for buyers.
I would like to thank my good friend, Atty. Bobby Lock, Partner of Santiago & Vidad Law Office, who gave me the heads up on this new development. For your real estate-related legal needs, you may reach him at 0917-891-9125 or e-mail him at bishopblue(at)gmail(dot)com.
To our success and financial freedom!
Cherry Vi M. Saldua-Castillo
Real Estate Broker, Lawyer, and CPA
PRC Real Estate Broker License No. 3187