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Renting rooms may imply losing “IMT” discount

The Tax Authority can now claw back “IMT” tax breaks when owners engage in Local Lodging or letting rooms to students. If you bought your home as your “personal and principal residence”, you paid a lower property transfer tax (“IMT”) at the time of purchase. According to a recent “AT” ruling, if within the following 6 years you practice holiday or student letting, Finanças can rescind the tax break and retroactively reclaim any additional tax due.

Property Transfer Tax

The Municipal Property Transfer Tax (“IMT”) which was scheduled for extinction in 2017 by the previous government will be maintained, according to the 2016 State Budget Proposal. The tax is currently the second largest source of revenue for local municipalities.

Property transfer tax to stay on in 2016

The IMT will not be abolished in 2016. The gradual wind down is now scheduled to begin in 2017. For City Halls around Portugal, this means that they can continue to count this revenue of approximately €180 million in 2016.

IMT to be repealed in 2016

NALLE logo-red 30%Proposed repeal of “IMT” in January 2016

The Government will end Municipal Property Transfer Tax (IMT) in January 2016, tax paid when buying a home. In their memorandum, the ‘troika’ had already suggested the transfer of IMT tax revenues to Municipal Property Tax (IMI).

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