15% Worth Added Tax (VAT) on Residential Condominium Developments

The development trade of Sri Lanka; after going by many hurdles from 2020, beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic, then the scarcity of uncooked supplies, to the sky-rocketing of development uncooked materials costs, are actually confronted with the imposition of VAT from October 1st 2022. 

The Prime Minister’s Media Division, on Could thirty first 2022, introduced tax reforms to fight the federal government income loss and to enhance the federal government income era course of. In that, it was talked about that the federal government will take away the VAT exemption on Condominium Residential Residences with impact from October 1st, 2022. This was additional confirmed within the 2022 interim funds speech by the President (and Finance Minister) of Sri Lanka, within the income proposals. 

Additional, with impact from September 1st 2022, the VAT fee additionally elevated to fifteen%, whereas the discount of the VAT registration income threshold will fall from LKR 300Mn to LKR 120Mn from the first of October 2022.

Up till 2015, VAT was charged on condominium residential tasks. This was eliminated within the 2015 funds. 

In 2018, late Mr. Mangala Samaraweera; Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, reintroduced the VAT modification by Act No. 25 of 2018 within the funds studying. Nonetheless, this was later deferred by 1 yr because of the intense lobbying by the Condominium Builders’ Affiliation of Sri Lanka, and different strain teams within the development sector.

The VAT was re-imposed on the first of April 2019, and exemptions have been granted for the Gross sales and Purchases agreements that have been signed earlier than April 1st 2019, and for the condo tasks valued lower than LKR 15Mn.   

Accordingly, as occurred in 2019 we imagine that the VAT exemptions will even be granted for the Gross sales and Purchases agreements positioned earlier than October 01st 2022. Personal sellers won’t be chargeable for VAT, nonetheless, properties owned by VAT registered firms can be chargeable for VAT.

Furthermore, because of the improve in residence mortgage rates of interest, many first-time residence patrons are discovering it troublesome to afford a house on their very own. 

Key milestones of VAT implementation on Residential Condominium Developments are as follows: 

Word: This isn’t tax recommendation.

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