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Stamp duty waiver for purchase of property to be extended- Premier Fahie

- said this is due to high interest from VI youths
The Government of the Virgin Islands has disclosed it will be extending the stamp duty waiver for the purchase of property by Belongers. Photo: Zlien.com
Speaking at his Annual First District Report at Cappoon’s Bay Recreation Ground on Saturday, January 30, 2021, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said there will be an extension to the stamp duty waiver due to the high interest by young people to capitalise on the initiative. Photo: VINO
Speaking at his Annual First District Report at Cappoon’s Bay Recreation Ground on Saturday, January 30, 2021, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said there will be an extension to the stamp duty waiver due to the high interest by young people to capitalise on the initiative. Photo: VINO
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the people of the Virgin Islands 'must be able to own their own homes' and the stamp duty waiver will help this dream become a reality. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the people of the Virgin Islands 'must be able to own their own homes' and the stamp duty waiver will help this dream become a reality. Photo: VINO/File
CAPPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands has disclosed it will be extending the stamp duty waiver for the purchase of property by Belongers.

The stamp duty waiver for property purchase was first announced in May 2020, by Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who had said government recognised the need to ease some of the financial burdens of residents who would be in a position to purchase property during this COVID-19 era in a manner that encourages the properties to remain in local hands.

The amendment to the schedule of the Stamp Duty Act was agreed on to allow for the waiver of stamp duty fees payable on the sale or transfer of property by a Belonger or non-Belonger to a Belonger, no matter the amount.

On May 12, 2020, had said the waiver initiative will run until May 31, 2021.

High interest by young people

However, while speaking at his Annual First District Report at Cappoon’s Bay Recreation Ground on Saturday, January 30, 2021, Hon Fahie said there will be an extension to the stamp duty waiver due to the high interest by young people to capitalise on the initiative.

“Your Government will also be extending the stamp duty waiver for the purchase of property by Belongers due to high demand from our youth who have expressed such interest during our many public meetings,” Premier Fahie stated.

The Leader of Government Business did not give a new date that the waiver initiative will now be in effect; however, he noted that the people of the Virgin Islands “must be able to own their own homes and this will help this dream become a reality.”

Gov’t can recoup funds if property sold before 7 years

Meanwhile, Premier Fahie had previously stated that Belongers who receive a stamp duty waiver and resell the property to a non-local before seven years will be required to repay the fees that were waived.

“If the property is sold or transferred to a non-Belonger within a period of seven years, the sum that is waived at the point of the original sale to the Belonger shall be recouped by the government from the Belonger,” Hon Fahie had said on May 12, 2020, adding that “Cabinet also decide that if the property is resold or transferred to another Belonger for the period up to 31st May 2021, the waiver of the stamp duty remains applicable.”

8 Responses to “Stamp duty waiver for purchase of property to be extended- Premier Fahie”

  • Rubber Duck (02/02/2021, 10:38) Like (5) Dislike (19) Reply
    Should this not be extended to foreign non belongers to help get the moribund property market moving again?
  • salty (02/02/2021, 11:18) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Waiver this damm curfew off us
  • TruDat! (02/02/2021, 11:51) Like (26) Dislike (4) Reply
    Wouldn't it be great if the Government would free up some significant amounts of Crown Land - not just for the young people but for any BVIslander that doesn't already own land? Zero stamp duty is a great thing IF there is land to buy. At the moment the cupboard is either bare or massively expensive.
    • SMH (02/02/2021, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Couldn't agree more. Stop selling out the Territory to gain on Nonbelongers Land Holding Licence Fees. Young People hold on to Land you acquire or inherited. Outsiders can always sell out and go back home. Virgin Islanders have no where to run to. We cannot become Squatters and Homeless in Our Own Homeland. Wiseup and stay Woke!
    • Amen (02/02/2021, 15:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      AMEN
  • Encourage (02/02/2021, 21:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to encourage young people to invest in land first before getting a car. It may sound hard but this is the best way to go. Now is the time if you have a job invest. Prices will double in a year or so. The system is to price us out of the market so we can't buy.


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