Ad valorem stamp duty (AVD)

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On 22 February 2013, the Financial Secretary announced that the Government would amend the Stamp Duty Ordinance to adjust the ad valorem stamp duty (AVD) rates and to advance the charging of AVD on non-residential property
transactions from the conveyance on sale to the agreement for sale.

Any residential property (except that acquired by a Hong Kong Permanent Resident who does not own any other residential property in Hong Kong at the time of acquisition) and non-residential property acquired on or after 23 February 2013, either by an individual or a company, will be subject to the new rates of AVD upon the enactment of the relevant legislation. Transactions which took place before 23 February 2013 will be subject to the original stamp duty regime.

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