Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill 2011– First reading in Parliament

20 October 2011

The Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill No 15/2011 was published in the Government Gazette on 17 October, 2011.

This Bill amends the Stamp Duties Act (Cap. 312) mainly for the following purposes:

  • to remove most fixed and nominal stamp duties currently imposed by the Act
  • to fine-tune the procedure for granting stamp duty relief for share acquisitions made in the course of mergers and acquisitions
  • to provide for stamp duty relief for instruments relating to the conversion of a private company to a limited liability partnership, as well as relief from seller’s stamp duty for instruments relating to an amalgamation, reconstruction, transfer of assets between associated entities, or conversion to a limited liability partnership, and
  • to amend various provisions dealing with the administration and enforcement of the Act.

For a copy of the Bill, please click here.

To know more about the changes proposed in the Bill, please click here.

Source: e-Gazette