Foreign Buyers Tax jumps from 15 to 20 percent tomorrow

The Provincial NDP government is vowing to make life more affordable in BC, announcing a number of initiatives to achieve that goal in their 2018 budget. The financial plan is the first full budget for the minority NDP government since it came to power last summer.


The foreign buyers tax jumps from 15 to 20 percent starting from February 21, 2018 and will be expanded beyond Metro Vancouver to include Victoria, Nanaimo, the central Okanagan and the Fraser Valley.


If the property is located in the Capital Regional District, Fraser Valley Regional District, Regional District of Central Okanagan, or Nanaimo Regional District, and the property transfer is registered on or after February 21, 2018, there are transitional rules available here.


“BC’s real estate market should not be used as a stock market,” she says. “We will introduce a new annual speculation tax starting in BC’s urban areas. It’s going to tax foreign and domestic speculators. This tax will apply to property owners who don’t pay income tax here, including those who leave their units vacant.”


The speculation tax will come into effect later this year for in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Victoria-area, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.


The province will implement a new speculation tax on residential properties, targeting foreign and domestic homeowners who don’t pay income tax in BC. This includes those who leave homes vacant.


The tax will apply to the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Capital, and Nanaimo Regional districts and in the municipalities of Kelowna and West Kelowna.
In 2018, the tax rate will be $5 per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2019, the tax rate will rise to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value.


The province will administer the tax and will collect data to enforce it including, social insurance numbers, household information, and world-wide income information.


Effective Feb. 21, 2018, the Property Transfer Tax on residential properties above $3 million will increase to five per cent from three per cent.


Click here to get the latest update on BC Speculation Tax


Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

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