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Five-year period and three properties limit – Criteria for commercial trading in property

When a property is purchased and sold shortly afterwards this could give rise to a taxable capital gain. If there are several properties then the […]

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A tenant’s entitlement to reimbursement under the German Carbon Dioxide Cost Allocation Act

The Carbon Dioxide Cost Allocation Act (Kohlendioxidkostenaufteilungsgesetz, CO²KostAufG) has introduced an entitlement for tenants to reimbursements […]

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Is living space illegally repurposed when it is used by holidaymakers?

When rental apartments are rented out via online portals there is a risk that the actual use of the living space will be different to the one that was […]

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Shorter useful life – How faster tax depreciation of real estate can be achieved

Fixed tax depreciation rates based on standardised useful lives mean that real estate users have only limited scope to provide proof of an actual […]

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Sale of properties held as private assets – Recognise and avoid the tax pitfalls

Capital gains on personal property are not generally subject to income tax. Even the capital gain on a property that was used to generate income from […]

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Compensation payments made to tenants as immediately deductible expenses

According to a ruling recently issued by the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH), payments made to tenants to compensate them for moving out […]

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Withholding tax for construction services and its tax risks for businesses, lessors & Co.

The German fiscal administration recently revised its approx. 20-year-old circular on the application of withholding tax for construction services in […]

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Refurbishment expenses that can be immediately deducted after withdrawal of a residential property

If extensive maintenance and modernisation measures are carried out at rental properties within three years of acquiring them then there would be a […]

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Tax-exempt sale of property – Self-use in the year in which the sale takes place is essential

If property that is held in private assets is sold before the end of the ten-year speculation period then the appreciation in value that is realised […]

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Tax-optimised transfer of own home to relatives

In the case of inheritance, while it is possible to transfer an owner-occupied home to the remaining spouse free of inheritance tax, nevertheless, […]

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