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Austria: Company growth triggers Real Estate Transfer Tax

Yvonne Schuchter Mang 12 Mar 2020

With its judgement of 9 January 2020, the Federal Finance Court ruled that if an increase in accordance with Section 142 of the Austrian Commercial Code resulted in the penultimate shareholder of a property-owned open company, 3.5% real estate transfer tax would be triggered on the market value of the property.

With its judgement of 9 January 2020, the Federal Finance Court (BFG) ruled that if an increase in accordance with Section 142 of the Austrian Commercial Code resulted in the penultimate shareholder of a property-owned open company, 3.5% real estate transfer tax would be triggered on the market value of the property.

 

In the case in question, the 5% stake in an open company held by the penultimate shareholder was transferred to the last shareholder, who already held 95% of the company shares, by way of a gift. This donation was reported to the tax office, whereupon this real estate transfer tax was set at 3.5% based on the common value of the property. The complainant contested the decision on the grounds that (i) there was a direct acquisition of the property from the penultimate to the last shareholder and (ii) based on the present gift, the tax would have to be measured at 2% based on the triple unit value.

 

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Austria | Real Estate Tax | Tax Disputes

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