Betterment Tax for foreign residents on the sale of an entitled residential apartment, in light of the reform in the Land Taxation Law
In my previous article I reviewed the recent major changes in the Land Taxation Law (Betterment and Purchase), 5723 – 1963 (hereinafter: the "Land Taxation Law"), regarding the purchase tax that will apply to foreign residents.
Significant and broad changes apply with regard to the grounds for exemption from the payment of betterment tax on the sale of a residential apartment, which is an entitled to a tax exemption. Some of the changes apply equally to Israeli residents and foreign residents, on the one hand (also on the purchase of an apartment) ; but on the other hand some of these changes also result in preferential treatment for individual sellers of an apartment in Israel over foreign residents. The changes in the Land Taxation Law with regard to the sale of an entitled residential apartment came into effect on January 1, 2014.
The purpose of this short article is to briefly clarify the key changes that have taken place in land taxation on the sale of residential apartments in Israel in respect of foreign residents.