Real estate tax

The real estate tax is an object tax on property in Austria. It is collected by the municipalities in accordance with federal law (Grundsteuergesetz 1955), who keep the revenue from this tax in its entirety.

These rules apply to all citizens and entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.

Property tax distinguishes between

  • A: for agricultural and forestry assets and
  • B: for real estate.

Under the Finanzausgleichsgesetz, the municipalities are entitled to apply a uniform assessment rate of up to 500 per cent on the real estate tax base when determining the tax.

Where it exceeds 75 Euro per year, the real estate tax is collected in four instalments on 15 February, 15 May, 15 August and 15 November respectively. Amounts up to 75 Euro must be paid once a year on 15 May.

Example

A real estate tax base of 50 Euro times a 500 per cent assessment rate gives a property tax of 250 Euro a year, which must be paid in four instalments.

The owner of the property is liable for the real estate tax. The real estate tax can however be charged (pro rata) to renters as part of the running costs of a house.

Real estate tax exemptions

Long-term real estate tax exemptions

The Tax Authority Austria makes decisions about long-term real estate tax exemptions. Exemptions within the meaning of sections 2 to 8 of the Grundsteuergesetz are, for example, provided for public transport routes, watercourses and for properties belonging to public authorities which are for public service or public use.

Temporary real estate tax exemptions

In some provinces, temporary real estate tax exemptions can be granted by the municipalities on the basis of provincial law, especially for newly created (subsidised) residential properties. The respective application must be made to the relevant municipality. More information is available from the municipal authorities.

Further links

Real estate and property (→ BMF)German text

Legal basis

Grundsteuergesetz (GrStG)

Translated by the European Commission, altered by the Federal Ministry of Finance
Last update: 1 January 2022

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Finance

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