The current approach valid by the end of 2020 stipulates an exemption from applying the VAT for the rent of the immovable property (except for short-term rent, renting of parking spaces for vehicles etc.). Nevertheless, on the other hand, it is not possible to claim the VAT for the in-put related to it, and also, the coefficient for the VAT claim is reduced as well. To counter this, the Czech VAT Act enabled to apply VAT for the renting of the immovable property between two VAT payers (for their economic activity). In such a case, VAT might be applied for this transaction and the in-put VAT might be claimed.
The amendment effective from 1 January 2021 restricts the possibility to apply the VAT. Therefore, this might lead to the obligation to apply for exemption and forbidding the claim the in-put VAT or reducing the above-mentioned coefficient for some companies. Starting from 1 January 2021, it is not possible to apply VAT for rent of:
In other words, the VAT amendment is aimed primarily at renting real estate, which is not primarily intended for economic activity (from the new year, for example, it will not be possible to apply VAT to renting an office in a family house, etc.). In practice, this amendment also impacts on already claimed VAT related to acquired properties listed above or their technical improvements. In both cases, we would strongly recommend revision to avoid the potential risk.
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