(Central News Agency reporter Fan Zhengxiang, Taipei, 7th) This session of the Legislative Yuan is the last session of the current session. The Taiwan People’s Party’s Legislative Yuan Caucus held a press conference today, calling for the review of “Hoarding Tax 2.0” as soon as possible, and hoping that the government should formulate a separate “Central Special “Hoarding Tax”, a multi-pronged approach using different policies and means to implement housing justice.
Zhang Qilu, Secretary-General of the Popular Party Caucus, and Legislator Chen Wanhui jointly attended the press conference and reminded that if the “Hoarding Tax 2.0” fails to be passed in the last session of the Legislative Yuan, the bill will be returned based on the principle of “non-consecutive terms”, and the success will be lost.
Chen Wanhui pointed out that Taiwan’s current housing stock is about 9.228 million houses, and the number of vacant houses in the 2020 census is about 1.175 million houses. If the error of annual differences is included, the vacant house rate is conservatively estimated to be about 12%, which is almost 1 out of every 8 houses. There are many vacant houses, and the distribution of the number of vacant houses is the largest in Liudu.
She further said that if we observe the housing hoarding phenomenon, there is a serious trend of real estate concentration. The number of people holding more than three houses has climbed from 336,000 in June 2015 to 513,000 in June 2023. Therefore, as soon as possible Reviewing the housing hoarding tax and accelerating the release of vacant houses is the correct solution.
Talking about the problems faced by the current housing tax system, Chen Wanhui pointed out that housing tax is a local tax, and the high and low tax rates depend on the “House Tax Collection Autonomy Regulations” implemented by each local government, resulting in non-uniform tax rates across the country; the calculation method of housing tax is “tax base” Multiply the tax rate. Tax base assessment is the responsibility of local governments. When the tax base is generally too low, a slight increase in the tax rate will have minimal effect.
She said that the above difficulties highlighted the necessity of implementing the “central special housing tax”.
Chen Wanhui said that in order to increase the tax burden on empty houses owned by multi-household households, and to use the tax system to guide and improve the housing market, the Popular Party Group has proposed a draft of the “Special Tax Ordinance for Promoting National Residential Utilization” and established a “Special House Hoarding Tax” through the central government. Propose effective plans in terms of tax base and tax rate design to guide the rental and sale of empty houses. The concept is “heavy taxation for multiple houses, exemption for renting, and exemption for rural areas.”
At the party’s press conference, Zhang Qilu announced that the People’s Party policy think tank will hold a “Residential Justice Progress – Summary and Improvement of Practical Experience in Social Housing” forum on the 11th to discuss how to establish a national social housing SOP through the promotion and innovation of laws and policies. , to accelerate the goal of achieving the number of social housing units reaching at least 5% of the national housing stock. (Editor: Zhang Junmao) 1121107