Irish Capital Gains Tax Relief for Land and Buildings Situated in an EU/EEA Country

Section 64 Finance Act 2012 introduces an attractive Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption for persons (individuals, companies, trusts etc.) in respect of property purchased between midnight on 6 December 2011 and the end of 2013.

If a property is acquired during this period and held forĀ at least 7 years, the capital gain related to that 7 year holding period will be fully relieved from Irish CGT.

The exemption will work to time-apportion gains so that a property held for 10 years will be 7/10ths exempt from CGT, while a property held for 7 years will be entirely exempt (7/7ths).

Land and buildings situated in the EEA countries, includes all EU countries and in addition Norway, Iceland and Leichtenstein.

This is a very attractive relief, in particular with regard to Irish property and indeed UK property held by a non-UK resident (e.g. an Irish resident company). It could also be usefully used in respect of EEA countries with low rates of CGT or low rates of withholding tax for non-residents.

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    Posted on May 10, 2012 by Gerry Higgins