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RPGT: Amendment of section 17 - Notice of Assessment

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

"Section 17 Notice of Assessment" is read as follows:

Section 17(1) The Director General shall cause to be served on every person assessed a notice of assessment indicating—

  1. the year of assessment to which the assessment relates;

  2. the chargeable gains and allowable losses taken into account in making the assessment;

    1. the amount of the chargeable gains on which the tax has been assessed;

    2. the amount of the tax assessed;

    3. the amount of allowable losses allowed;

    4. the amount of the tax payable; and

    5. the place at which and the time within which payment is to be made; and

  3. the existence of the right of appeal conferred by section 18

Section 17(2) (Deleted)

Basic Understanding

Section 17 of the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976 outlines the process of notifying persons about their property gains tax assessment.

Here's an explanation:


When you sell a property, the tax authority evaluates the gains you made from the sale and calculates the tax you owe.

Section 17 ensures that you receive official notification of this assessment.

The notice of assessment includes:

Year of Assessment:

The specific year for which the assessment is being conducted.

Gains and Losses Considered:

Information about the gains (profits) and allowable losses that were considered during the assessment.

Breakdown of Assessment:

A detailed breakdown of the assessment, including:

  • The amount of gains on which tax has been assessed.

  • The actual tax amount assessed.

  • The allowable losses that are considered.

  • The total tax payable.

  • Information about where and when the tax payment should be made.

Appeal Rights:

Notification of your right to appeal the assessment. If you disagree with the assessment, you have the right to appeal the decision.


Let's say you sold a property, and the tax authority assessed the gains from the sale.

You would receive a notice of assessment (as per Section 17), which breaks down the assessment details.

It specifies the gains considered, the amount of tax calculated, any allowable losses, the total tax payable, and the deadline for payment.

Additionally, the notice would remind you of your right to appeal if you believe there is an error or disagree with the assessment.

This notice serves as an official communication from the tax authority, ensuring transparency in the assessment process and allowing you to address any concerns through the appeal process.

Note: The examples provided are illustrative and may not represent specific real-world cases. The actual details in a notice of assessment may vary based on individual circumstances and applicable tax regulations.

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2023

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2023 proposes an amendment to section 17.

Section 17 of the Real Property Gains Act 1976 is amended by inserting after the words “The Director General shall” the words “as soon as may be after an assessment, other than assessment under subsections 14(1) and 15A(1), has been made,”.

The amendment specifies that the Director General shall issue the notice of assessment "as soon as may be after an assessment, other than assessment under subsections 14(1) and 15a(1), has been made."

This means that once a property gains tax assessment has been conducted, excluding specific cases mentioned (assessments under subsections 14(1) and 15A(1)), the tax authority is obligated to provide the notice of assessment promptly.

Tax Impact:

  1. Timely Notification: Taxpayers will receive timely notification of their property gains tax assessment shortly after the assessment process is completed. This can help individuals promptly understand their tax obligations and take necessary actions, such as preparing to pay taxes.

  2. Transparency: The amendment enhances transparency in the tax assessment process by ensuring that taxpayers receive official communication regarding their property gains tax liabilities promptly after the assessment is concluded.

  3. Compliance: Individuals can better comply with tax regulations and deadlines since they will be informed of their assessed tax amounts in a timely manner. This can contribute to smoother tax compliance processes.

  4. Exceptions: It's important to note that assessments under subsections 14(1) and 15A(1) are excluded from this immediate notice requirement. This implies that there may be specific circumstances or processes related to these subsections that warrant a different approach to issuing notices of assessment.

In summary, the tax impact of this amendment is to ensure that taxpayers receive prompt notice of their property gains tax assessments, contributing to transparency, compliance, and effective tax administration.

The exceptions for certain assessments acknowledge that different considerations may apply in those specific cases.

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