Capital Gains Tax relief on property held for 7 years
Thinking of availing of the Capital Gains Tax relief on property held for 7 years? The property must be acquired by 31 December 2014 (Extended by Budget 2014).
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 purchase property (land and buildings) and hold 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.
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
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 be 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 (extended by Budget 2014);
• The land or buildings must be held by the owner for at least 7 years from the date acquired; 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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