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IMF pushes for new tax on SL homeowners

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The Asset Recovery Bill, after much-needed public consultation, should be enacted by November 2024.

The report says the introduction of such a tax is critical to sustain revenue mobilization efforts as a substitute for the property tax which was initially planned for 2025 but faced institutional impediments.

It says establishing a database on property valuation that includes information such as assessed values, latest assessment date, and property type in all municipal councils by August 2024.

“Fully operationalizing a nationwide digital Sales Price and Rents Register (SPRR) by end-March 2025, accessible by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), the valuation department, the land registry, and the public (proposed SB). This digital SPRR would be the key resource for assessing property values and the imputed rental income tax,” it says.

It also stated that important vulnerabilities and uncertainties remain, including with respect to the ongoing debt restructuring and the upcoming elections, and its directors, against this backdrop, called on the authorities to continue strengthening macroeconomic policies to restore economic stability and debt sustainability and to sustain the reform momentum to promote long-term inclusive growth.

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