Transfer of immovable property

When selling or exchanging land, house or apartment, the question arises – whether income tax is payable on the gains received. If so, how and when to declare the gains and how the tax amount is calculated. You can find answers to these questions in the following guide.

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Acquisition of immovable property by inheritance or gift

The property received by inheritance or gift (for example land, house, apartment etc. inherited or received as a gift in Estonia or abroad) is not subject to income tax at the moment of acquisition.

If you transfer immovable property inherited or received as a gift, income tax is payable on the gains received, except if the inherited property is exempt from income tax, e.g. in the case of immovable property returned in the course of the ownership reform.

Only the costs incurred by the recipient of the gift or the successor are considered the acquisition costs of immovable property acquired by inheritance and by way of gift, and these may be deducted from the taxable gains.

Last updated: 22.08.2022

Tax-exempt or taxable transaction

This table provides a quick overview of real estate transactions that are exempt from tax when certain conditions are met. For more information about the transaction you are interested in, please view the handbook.

Object of the contract of purchase and sale
Basis of tax exemption 
in the income tax act
To the subject of ownership reform /
a privatiser with the right of pre-emption /
the owneR
To a successor
To a legatee
By gift or other transfer transaction
Property returned in the course of the ownership reform § 15 (4) 5) sale is exempt from tax the tax exemption is passed on the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed
Immovable property obtained by restitution after being unlawfully expropriated and the essential part of which is a dwelling § 15 (5) 2) sale is exempt from tax


the tax exemption is passed on 

the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed
Immovable property privatised with the right of pre-emption and the essential part of which is a dwelling

§ 15 (5) 3)

The dwelling together with land belonging to it has been privatised with the right of pre-emption and the size of the registered immovable property does not exceed 2 hectares.

sale is exempt from tax the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed

Summer cottage or garden house

§ 15 (5) 4)

According to the register of construction works or the land register, the summer cottage or garden house has been in the person’s ownership for more than two years and the size of the registered immovable does not exceed 0.25 hectares.

sale is exempt from tax the tax exemption is not passed on, gains are taxed the tax exemption is not passed on, if conditions are met, then sale is exempt from tax the tax exemption is not passed on, if conditions are met, then sale is exempt from tax

Last updated: 24.08.2022

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