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Moving from Switzerland to Germany, capital gain tax

I have accumulated some stocks while living in Switzerland, but I'm planning to move to Germany in a couple of years.

Can Germany tax me 25% (regular capital gain tax there) if I sell stocks that I bought 5 years ago while in Switzerland?

E.g. I bought 10 stocks of company Acme at 1000$ each in 2016. When I move to Germany in 2021 they are at 2000$ each. If I was going to sell them in 2022, at that 2000$ price, would I have to pay 25% of my 10.000$ gain?

If this was the case I was thinking about selling and rebuying for example (and hopefully not being classified as proffesional investor)
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Re: Moving from Switzerland to Germany, capital gain tax

Hi, I was in a similar situation, my tax adviser informed me that the capital gains is calculated on the amount = selling price (in euros) - purchase price (in euros). That is independent of when or where you were resident at the time of purchase. So yes, selling and purchasing again before you become a German resident is a good idea.
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Re: Moving from Switzerland to Germany, capital gain tax

Sell them all off before you become tax resident in Germany & then buy them back. You will have realized the capital gains while ta resident in Switzerland not in Germany.

I seem to remember something from my own experience that you should not buy back in the very next day but need to hold the cash for a month + 1 day or something arbitrary like that. You might want to look into those details a bit.
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