Buyer of parking space of storage room – pay the transfer tax and file your return
You must pay transfer tax when you buy shares in a housing or real estate company that entitle you to use a parking space, storage room, business premises or other space. You must calculate the amount of transfer tax yourself and pay it.
Calculate the tax
Transfer tax is 2% of the sales price (and any other compensation) and of the appropriate amount of possible housing company debt.
The debt-free price consists of the sales price and any company loan.
In other words, you pay tax on the debt-free price even if you paid off your part of the company loan at the time of the sale.
Example: Sanna buys a parking space for EUR 10,000. The company loan related to the shares is EUR 2,000. That is, the debt-free price on the ‘For sale’ advertisement is EUR 12,000. Transfer tax is calculated on the basis of EUR 12,000 and is 2% x EUR 12,000 = EUR 240. It makes no difference whether Sanna pays off her part of the company loan when buying the flat, or gradually as part of her maintenance charge.
Pay the tax
Pay the transfer tax within 2 months from the date when you signed the deed of sale or other agreement. For example, if you buy a parking space through a real estate agent, pay the tax when you make the agreement.
If you bought a new piece of property, pay the tax within 2 months from the date when ownership was transferred to you. Do this even if you have used a real estate agent.
File the return
File the transfer tax return within 2 months from the date when you signed the deed of sale or other agreement (sales without real estate agent).
If you buy a parking space or other space through a real estate agent
- the agent will give you a copy of the transfer tax notification
- the agent will submit the transfer tax return to the Finnish Tax Administration.
If you bought a new piece of property, make a notification within 2 months from the date when the property was transferred to you. Do this even if you have used a real estate agent.
Give the return to the property manager
To have your name entered in the list of shareholders, show the manager one of the following:
- printout of your electronic return, complete with the acknowledgement of receipt by the Tax Administration
- the processed (stamped) paper return
- your copy of the return that you received from the real estate agent.
Ask the property manager about any other documentation needed for having your name entered in the list of shareholders.
Tax-exemption for first-time homebuyers does not apply to parking spaces
First-time homebuyer's tax exemption only applies to a permanent residence. When you buy your first home, you may also buy a parking space or storage room, for example. However, you will not be entitled to first-time homebuyer’s tax exemption if the shares for the parking space and storage room are sold separately (different share series).