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Why isn’t ABSD refund applicable to single parents?

I am a divorcee with three children, living in a public flat, and I intend to buy a private apartment, as I am ineligible for an executive condominium.

Teressa Tay

I am a divorcee with three children, living in a public flat, and I intend to buy a private apartment, as I am ineligible for an executive condominium.

If I were married and sell my flat within six months of the date of the temporary occupation permit for the new unit, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore would refund the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) of 7 per cent.

But the refund is not applicable to single parents. Why the bias?

Singaporeans are always encouraged to have more children, and nobody likes to become a divorcee. We do not ask for free government handouts, but we expect to be treated equally.

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