2014 (Taxation) Bar Exam Questions: Question 13

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Hopeful Corporation obtained a loan from Generous Bank and executed a mortgage on its real property to secure the loan. When Hopeful Corporation failed to pay the loan, Generous Bank extrajudicially foreclosed the mortgage on the property and acquired the same as the highest bidder. A month after the foreclosure, Hopeful Corporation exercised its right of redemption and was able to redeem the property. Is Generous Bank liable to pay capital gains tax as a result of the foreclosure sale? Explain. (4%)


  1. No. The law on capital gains tax applies only to the foreclosed property if there is no right of redemption within one year because it does not contemplate transfer of property or complete severance as to constitute taxable gain.

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