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Buying real estate in a company name

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Buying real estate in a company name

Postby smileymiley » 05 Nov 2015, 11:05

Could anyone tell me if there are any tax or ownership advantages in buying a property through a company?

My wife and I are currently looking to buy a property in Taiwan and were looking at the best possible ownership structure. Our choices are jointly, in wife's name (she is Taiwanese) or set up a company. The advantage in buying a property with a company might lie in when we come to sell or need to transfer ownership. For example, if a property is corporate owned, with the company itself owned 50% by my wife and 50% by myself, if one of us dies then the shares get transferred to the other which may avoid inheritance or similar taxes. Alternatively if we decide to sell the property then we would sell the company which owns the property (where we currently live there is no stamp duty on company transfers but chunky stamp duty on property transfers).

Would this be more tax efficient in Taiwan?

Thanks for your help
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Re: Buying real estate in a company name

Postby jcena » 19 Dec 2015, 15:12

Do you wanna transfer the company ownership after some years of buying?
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Re: Buying real estate in a company name

Postby smileymiley » 14 Jan 2016, 09:31

I assume that when you sell a property the stamp duty is payable. If you buy a property in a company name and when you wish to sell then you sell/transfer the company. Where I live stamp duty on property sale is 7.5% -ish but the tax payable on company transfer is 0.2% - which is substantial savings
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Re: Buying real estate in a company name

Postby jcena » 05 Feb 2016, 19:02

ya right .. that is the point.
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Re: Buying real estate in a company name

Postby NancyM » 27 Jun 2016, 17:42

You are a smart folk!
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Re: Buying real estate in a company name

Postby hsinhai78 » 27 Jun 2016, 21:08

smileymiley wrote:My wife and I are currently looking to buy a property in Taiwan and were looking at the best possible ownership structure. Our choices are jointly, in wife's name (she is Taiwanese) or set up a company.


You can also put the property in your name. Being a foreigner is generally not an issue unless were are talking about farmland or forests in the mountains.
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