Posted on: June 2, 2022 Posted by: James L. Wilkerson Comments: 0

ABSD Singapore is a hot topic these days. But what exactly is ABSD, and why should you care? In this blog post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about ABSD, including who needs to pay it and how much it costs. We’ll also explore the possible implications of ABSD for Singapore’s property market. So whether you’re a home buyer or seller, read on to find out why you should be keeping ABSD in mind when making property-related decisions.

  1. What is ABSD Singapore and what are the benefits of it for property buyers and sellers in Singapore?

ABSD Singapore, or the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty, is a tax imposed on property buyers in Singapore. The tax rate depends on the buyer’s nationality, with Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) being taxed at a lower rate than foreigners. ABSD was introduced in December 2011 in an effort to cool the property market, and has since been increased several times.

ABSD acts as a disincentive for property buyers, as it increases the overall costs of purchasing a property. However, it also provides some benefits for buyers and sellers. For buyers, ABSD can be used as a negotiating tool to get sellers to lower their prices. For sellers, ABSD provides an additional source of income which can be used to offset other costs associated with selling a property, such as marketing and legal fees. Ultimately, ABSD is just one factor to consider when buying or selling a property in Singapore.

  1. What do you need to know about ABSD Singapore in order to make the best decisions for your property transactions?

The Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) is a property cooling measure introduced by the Singapore Government in December 2011. The ABSD discourages investors from speculation and over-leveraging in the property market, and helps to ensure a more sustainable and stabilised property market.

For individuals, the ABSD rates are as follows:

– 12% for citizens on their first residential property purchase

– 15% for Permanent Residents on their first residential property purchase

– 20% for foreigners on any residential property purchase, and an additional 5% ABSD for entities such as companies owning any residential properties.

Purchasers of industrial and commercial properties will also have to pay ABSD at 10%.


There is no ABSD payable on the purchase of HDB flats. However, if you are a HDB flat owner and you are purchasing a second or subsequent private residential property, you will have to pay 7% ABSD regardless of your nationality.

As you can see, the ABSD can have a significant impact on your property transaction. It is therefore important that you take this into account when budgeting for your purchase. You should also be aware that the ABSD is payable upfront – so you will need to have this amount ready when you sign the sales and purchase agreement.

  1. How can you get help with understanding and complying with ABSD Singapore requirements?

If you are unclear about the ABSD requirements, or have difficulty complying with them, there are a few places you can turn for help. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website provides detailed information about the ABSD, including the rates that apply and how it is calculated. You can also contact the IRAS directly for assistance.

If you are purchasing a property through a bank or other financial institution, they may also be able to provide guidance on meeting the ABSD requirements. In addition, there are a number of private companies that offer consultancy services to help individuals and businesses comply with the ABSD. These services can be especially helpful if you are planning on purchasing multiple properties or investing in the property market.