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Second-Home Tax

If you maintain a second home in addition to your first place of residence, and if you register this second home as such with the registration office, many German municipalities will charge a so-called second-home tax. It does not matter in this context whether your second home is in the same town as your primary place of residence, or how much time you spend in your second home. By contrast, a condominiums acquired as private investment and let to someone else tends to be exempt from the second-home tax because you are not using the flat in your own right.

The basis of assessment for the second-home tax is the annual net rent. The tax calculation for condominiums often uses the local reference rent. The tax rate tends to be around ten percent. While some German towns charge as much as 20 percent, the going tax rate in Berlin is just five percent.

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