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Real estate gains tax on privately held properties in Liechtenstein

If a profit is made through the sale of a property in Liechtenstein, the seller must pay property gains tax (Grundstücksgewinnsteuer). The tax is levied on the difference between the initial investment costs and the proceeds of the sale. The investment costs include not only the purchase price but also, for example, value-enhancing expenses. It is not always clear whether a measure is value-enhancing or merely value-maintaining.

Christian Reichert and Michael Heeb have summarised the topic in an article in the Wirtschaftregional of 10 February 2023, explaining how the real estate gain is calculated, which special cases exist and why you should already keep the tax in mind when acquiring a property.

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