Capital Gains Tax relief holding period reduced to 4 years from 1 January 2018
A capital gains tax (CGT) relief was introduced for those who purchased property (land and buildings) and held onto it for 7 years. The relief is that no CGT is payable on any gain attributed to the first 7 years of ownership on the disposal of the property. This time period has been reduced to 4 years.
Capital Gains Tax relief on property held for 7 years or 4 years
In order to avail of this Capital Gains Tax relief on property, the property has to be held for a minimum of 4 years (reduced from 7 years).
The property must have been acquired by 31 December 2014. See Revenue Guidance eBrief 101/14
In Finance Act 2012 (section 64 inserting section 604A into the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 as amended (TCA)) a capital gains tax (CGT) relief was introduced for those who purchased property (land and buildings) within a specified period and held onto it for 7 years (reduced to 4 years for disposals after 1 January 2018).
The relief is that no capital gains tax (CGT) is payable on any gain attributed to the first 4 years (up to 7 years available) of ownership on the disposal of the property.
If the property is held for more than 7 years the taxable gain excludes the portion calculated as – total gain * 7 years/total period of ownership.
Conditions to satisfy for CGT relief on property held for 4 years or 7 years
The conditions to avail of this relief are:
• The land or buildings must be situate within Ireland or an EEA State (an EU Member State or Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway);
• The land or buildings must have been acquired at market value (or at 75% or more of market value if purchased from a relative (as defined in section 10 TCA which includes brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, ancestor or lineal descendant);
• The land or buildings must have been acquired in the period between 7 December 2011 and 31 December 2014;
• The land or buildings must be held by the owner for at least 7 years from the date acquired (reduced to 4 years for disposals on or after 1 January 2018); and
• Any income or profits or gains derived from the land or buildings must be within the charge to Irish income tax or corporation tax.
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