We have just received a copy of the new legislation relating to the stamp duty and vendor's tax payable on the sale of property. There are major changes in the fees payable for the sale of property held by a company and we will be updating our client information accordingly.
The new rules take effect immediately and therefore apply to all future sales as well as sales that are in progress but not yet completed.
You may click on the following documents to view:
- New Stamp Duty Regulations
- Vendor's Tax Schedule
To date, many people have found it convenient to establish a company to hold property in St Lucia (single asset holding company) as the sales procedure entails transferring the shares of the company to a new owner, thereby conveying its assets (i.e the property) in the process. Such share transfer transactions attracted stamp duty of 0.5% of the value of the company and was payable by the purchaser.
The new legislation states "providing that at least 75% of the open market value of the assets of the Company or Corporation comprises immovable property" (which is normally the case with such holding companies) then stamp duty - including vendor's tax - shall be payable.
NEW RATES FOR COMPANY SALES
- Stamp duty payable by the purchaser - 2%
- Where the vendor is not a citizen of St Lucia or is a foreign company - 10% of value
- Where the vendor is a citizen or local company: 2.5% - 5% depending on value