Property Taxes in Chile

Nonresidents are taxed on their Chilean-sourced income. Married couples are taxed separately, but the husband reports the income derived from marital community properties.

Income Tax (Impuesto Adicional)

Nonresidents earning Chilean-sourced income are subject to a final withholding tax at the general rate of 35%. Other taxes paid by the nonresident, such as the First Category Tax (FCT) and property taxes, are credited against the taxpayer´s Additional Tax (AT) liability.

Rental Income

First Category Tax (Impuesto de Primera Categoria)

Income from leasing property is subject to the First Category Tax (FCT) at a flat rate of 27%. FCT is credited against the taxpayer’s AT liability. All business income, including rental income, is subject to FCT. Taxable income is computed by deducting income-generating expenses from the gross income.

Capital Gains

Capital gains on the sale or transfer of real estate are not taxable if the seller is not habitually in the business of buying and selling properties.

First Category Tax (Impuesto de Primera Categoria)

Selling an apartment or flat owned for less than four years, and selling other immovable property within one year of acquisition, is considered a habitual transaction. The gains are taxed as any other profit at the standard FCT rate of 27%. The taxable capital gain is computed by deducting the acquisition costs from the selling price. The acquisition cost is adjusted for inflation based on the consumer price index.

Value Added Tax (Impuesto al Valor Agregado)

Chile imposes 19% VAT on most goods and services. As a general rule, the sale of real estate is exempt from VAT, but the leasing of real estate is subject to VAT.

Corporate Taxation

Income Tax (Impuesto de Primera Categoria)

Income and capital gains earned by companies are subject to the flat corporate tax rate of 27%. Income-generating expenses are deductible when calculating taxable income.

Property Buying and Selling Costs/Taxes

Transaction Costs
    Who Pays?
Registration Fee 0.20% - 0.30% buyer
Notary Fees 0.10% buyer
Legal Fees 1.00% buyer
Real Estate Agent Fee 2.00% - 3.00% seller
Costs Paid by Buyer 1.30% - 1.40%  
Costs Paid by Seller 2.00% - 3.00%
ROUNDTRIP TRANSACTION COSTS 3.30% - 4.40%
Source: Global Property Guide, PWC

Property Holding Tax

Real Estate Tax (Impuesto Territorial)

Real estate tax is levied on Chilean property annually, payable by the property owners. The tax base is the cadastral value of the property, and an exemption is granted for properties whose cadastral value does not exceed a certain limit. The tax rate is 1.4% for urban properties. For residential properties, the tax rate is 0.98% on part of the cadastral value not exceeding a certain limit and 1.143% on the remaining value. Surcharges may apply.

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