Now’s the time to plan new tax deductions for homeowners!
The Swiss Federal Tax Administration has set out a totally revised set of regulations concerning property expenses. The new legislation specifies the allowable deductions for homeowners and will come into force on 1 January 2020.
On 1 January 2020, the completely revised property expenses ordinance (“Liegenschaftskosten-Verordnung”) will come into force.
The Swiss Federal Tax Administration has now specified the deductions for homeowners in the form of its completely revised property expenses ordinance. With regard to the direct federal tax, the ordinance regulates tax deductions for energy-saving investments and also for dismantling work in the course of creating new replacement buildings. The expenses can be spread over a maximum of three consecutive tax periods, provided that they cannot be fully offset against the tax liability in the year in which they were incurred.
Which expenses are (not) deductible?
The tax-deductible dismantling costs include the dismantling of installations, demolition and removal work, and disposal of construction waste. However, the costs of ground clean-up, earth movement and excavation work for new replacement buildings are not deductible. The dismantling costs can only be claimed for tax purposes if, within a reasonable period of time, a new replacement building is erected on the same site, the building serves a similar purpose as the old one, and the reconstruction project and dismantling process are carried out by the same taxable person. The completely revised property expenses ordinance will come into force on 1 January 2020. (Source: Swiss Federal Tax Administration)Back