A new ruling was issued by Judge Yardena Seroussi in respect of an appeal to the Real Estate Tax Appeals Committee. The ruling concerned how luxury apartments should be taxed.
Israel Real Estate Tax Appeal - The facts of the case
The Appeals Committee considered whether a land appreciation tax exemption should be granted to several sellers during the sale of a luxury apartment.
It was claimed by the vendors that they were entitled to the full sum of the maximum exemption for a single apartment prescribed by law.
However, the Israel Tax Authority held that the exemption applies only to sales of an entire apartment unit and not each share in a multiple ownership arrangement. Accordingly, it calculated its tax on the maximum exemption per seller—not according to their actual portion of ownership.
The owner of a single apartment is entitled to an exemption from land appreciation tax, up to the amount permitted by law.
At the moment, this amount stands at ILS 4.6 million.
It is worth noting in the case that:
- the apartment sold for in excess of ILS 10 million;
- the vendors were separate family units (a family unit consists of parents and children under 18 years of age); and
- each of the two rights-holders in the apartment applied for an exemption at the full maximum sum.
The Israel Tax Authority had decided that the exemption was available in respect of the entire apartment rather than to each individual seller.
However, the Appeals Committee ruled that the exemption applied to the sale of a single apartment and therefore the exemption should be granted to each separate vendor.
This was on the basis that the sellers were not part of the same family unit
Is an appeal likely?
It seems quite likely the Israel Tax Authority will appeal this ruling.
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