It was recently announced that Singapore REIT ETFs are no longer subjected to 17% corporate tax on their S-REITs distributions. This will apply from 1 July 2018 onwards. (http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/singapore-budget-2018/singapore-budget-2018-tax-transparency-to-apply-for-s-reit)
There are 3 REIT ETFs listed in SGX:
The LION-PHILLIP S-REIT etf stands to benefit the most as their universe are only S-REITS. The other 2 ETFs have Australian REITs that still have to pay 15% withholding tax of the DPU paid.
LION-PHILLIP S-REIT pays dividends 2x a year, and will have their first XD on 2nd Mar 2018. At the current price, their dividend yield is expected to be 4.6% after tax and management fee.
With the new change, will their future dividend yield be 4.6% x 1.17 = 5.38%? When will their ...