Danish Plan to Cut Tax Loophole Has Real Estate Funds Worried

(Bloomberg) — Real estate investors are trying to figure out how to block a proposal by Denmark to close a legal loophole through which they’ve enjoyed virtually unlimited tax deferrals on value gains.



a group of people walking down a street next to tall buildings: Pedestrians pass along a street lined with commercial and residential buildings beyond the parliament, top, in central Copenhagen, Denmark.


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Pedestrians pass along a street lined with commercial and residential buildings beyond the parliament, top, in central Copenhagen, Denmark.

The plan, which still needs to go through parliament, represents the latest step by Denmark to rein in commercial property companies. The Social Democrat government has criticized the industry, arguing it’s padded its pockets while leaving average residents struggling to pay rent.

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“Foreign investors have been able to push back tax payments for eternities and that is of course completely unacceptable,” said Christian Raabjerg Madsen, a member of the parliamentary finance committee for the ruling Social Democrats, and the party’s finance speaker.

Denmark’s government wants to use the extra tax revenue to cover the

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