Transfer Taxes/Property Taxes

Information on the taxes a property owner can expect, including information on property tax and transfer of real estate...

This is determined at cantonal level.

Canton of Zürich

Since January 1, 2005, the Canton of Zürich does not tax the transfer of real estate any more. However, real estate capital gains taxes are due in the Canton of Zürich, the amount of which is assessed on (a) the profit made in connection with the sale of the real property and (b) the duration of ownership. Real estate capital gains taxes have to be borne by the seller.

Contrary to other cantons, the Canton of Zürich does not levy any property tax.

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