BC Home Flipping Tax

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BC Home Flipping Tax Affects Non-Residents and Residents

As previously announced in British Columbia’s Homes for People plan, the intention of the tax is to discourage short-term holding of property for profit. The BC Home Flipping tax is subject to legislative approval. Meaning, that all the details have not yet been finalized by the BC Government, so many questions about this tax have no answers.

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Non-Resident: Tax on Capital Gain

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Non-Resident Tax on the Disposition of Property

When a non-resident decides to sell their property, it is important to consider the tax implications. This post provides an overview of the complex process, it is a simplified version. If you are selling your property, it is recommended you read the full version on the Non-Resident: Selling page. Note: this blog was written by a realtor, not a tax accountant. The purpose of this post is to give you a sense of what you will need to know when you decide to sell your property. It is always recommended to speak with your Canadian accountant.

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What is FINTRAC?

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) is Canada’s financial intelligence unit. Most countries have their own version of FINTRAC. Their mandate is to prevent and deter money laundering and terrorist financing. To meet this objective, all real estate agents are legally bound to verify the identity of their clients and unrepresented parties in a real estate transaction. It is expected that this verification occur at the start of their relationship. No one buying or selling real estate is exempt from FINTRAC. Every real estate agent has a legal obligation to complete the FINTRAC forms and ask their clients questions as to the source of the funds.

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Non-Resident: Buyers Welcome

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Buying Real Estate as a Non-resident

There is no Foreign Buyer Ban in Whistler. Everyone is still able to buy real estate in Whistler. The Government of Canada announced that this ban would be extended to 2027. Therefore, unlike many other Canadian locations, Whistler welcomes foreign buyers. Therefore, this post is for non-residents of Canada who are considering buying real estate in Whistler. Due to the complexities of buying property best to review the Non-resident: Buying page on this site for the full details. It covers the basics of financing and the transfer of funds once you have found a property.

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Underused Housing Tax (UHT)

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Underused Housing Tax (UHT) Is Unclear For Whistler

Whistler Accountants interpreted The Government of Canada’s (GOC) Underused Housing Tax Act (UHT) and noted that clarity was required regarding rental and business income properties. This tax pertains to some residents and all non-residents of Canada. For residents, it comes down to who is on the title for the property. See the link above for all the restrictions. Note: the author of this blog is a realtor, not an accountant. It is important to read the UHT government page and talk with your accountant.

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