First-time homebuyer – how to file a transfer tax return for shares in a housing company

You must file a transfer tax return even if you do not pay transfer tax for your first home.

1

File the return

Submit the transfer tax return within 2 months after you have signed the deed of sale or other contract (if no realtor assisted you).

If you buy a house or apartment with the assistance of a realtor

  • the realtor hands you a copy of the completed transfer tax return
  • the realtor submits the return to the Tax Administration.

If you purchased a newly constructed house or apartment, file the return within 2 months after the date of transfer of ownership to you even if a realtor has assisted you.

File the return online (in Finnish or Swedish)

File the return on paper

See instructions

2

Give the return to the manager of the housing company

To have your name entered in the list of shareholders, show the manager one of the following:

  • a printout of the e-filed return you made, complete with the Tax Administration’s acknowledgement of receipt
  • your processed (stamped) paper return
  • your copy of the return that your realtor prepared.

Ask the manager about any other documentation you might need for having your name entered in the list of shareholders.

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