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How to do property tax on your own

Ondřej Preuss, founder of the online service Available Lawyer and an expert in real estate law, gave an interview to Svépomocí.cz on the topic of property tax for 2024. In the interview, he discusses, among other things, who is obliged to file a property tax return and how to do it.

Ondřej Preuss v rozhovoru Svepomoci.cz
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As Benjamin Franklin once stated, “Nothing is certain in this world except death and the payment of taxes.” And taxes, like hangovers, are inextricably linked to the start of a new year. This includes the filing of tax returns and the need to notify the tax office of the acquisition of real estate and pay property tax, or officially, land tax and building tax. Ondřej Preuss discusses this obligation in an interview with Pavel Tesárek, founder of Svépomocí.cz.

Who must declare

First of all, space was devoted to the question of who actually has to file a property tax return. Ondřej Preuss states that this obligation is incumbent on those who are the new owners of the land or building, on 31 January of the following year. Conversely, people who have lost their property (for example, by donation or sale) should inform the relevant tax office of this change. Preuss states that there is no official form for this, but it is advisable to send this notification via data box or registered letter.

Tip: In this case, the competent tax office does not mean the office where you live. The tax return is filed with the office where the property on which you pay tax is located. Therefore, if you live in Prague but your property is in Pilsen, you file your tax return with the tax office for the Pilsen region.

How to file a tax return

Next, how to calculate the price you will have to pay was addressed. For this, Preuss recommends using the My Taxes portal, which simply guides you through the tax return. At the same time, by completing the tax return you will know the amount you will have to pay by 31 May. If the amount is more than CZK 5 000, it is possible to spread it over several instalments and pay the total amount by 30 November.

It was also discussed how the payment of property tax works in the case of a house under construction – i.e. whether only the land tax is paid in this case or the tax on the building is also paid. Preuss says that the turning point is when you start using the house, not after it is completed, even though the uncompleted property should not be used. Preuss also points out that the tax return itself is only filed once, but the tax is then paid repeatedly, every year. He says it is best to have the tax information sent to your inbox.

If you don’t know what to do

Preuss recommends looking for the information that needs to be filled in on the form in the first place in the Land Registry and in the building documentation. In addition, Preuss says, it is also possible to take advantage of the helpfulness of officials at the tax office, who will be happy to help. We at Affordable Advocate can also handle your property tax for you. If you choose our premium service package for the purchase or sale of a property, you get your real estate tax return included.

You can watch the full interview on the Svépomocí.cz YouTube channel.

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Author of the article

JUDr. Ondřej Preuss, Ph.D.

Ondřej is the attorney who came up with the idea of providing legal services online. He's been earning his living through legal services for more than 10 years. He especially likes to help clients who may have given up hope in solving their legal issues at work, for example with real estate transfers or copyright licenses.

Education
  • Law, Ph.D, Pf UK in Prague
  • Law, L’université Nancy-II, Nancy
  • Law, Master’s degree (Mgr.), Pf UK in Prague
  • International Territorial Studies (Bc.), FSV UK in Prague

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