Purchasers in most large Canadian cities can add Land Transfer Taxes to their list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, land transfer taxes (or property purchase tax) are part of the deal. These taxes, levied on properties that are changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, taxes can range from half of a percent to two percent of the total purchase price.
Who pays land transfer tax?
Buyers of houses and condos in Ontario pay land transfer tax when they purchase a property – Sellers never pay. Your lawyer will arrange for land transfer taxes to be paid when the deed to the new home is transferred in your name (on closing day).
Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems that can be complicated. For example, if you purchase a property for $300,000 in Ontario, 0.5% is charged on the first $55,000, 1% is charged on $55,000 - $250,000, while the $250,000 - $400,000 range is taxed at 1.5%. Your total tax bill? $2,975.00.
The following chart illustrates Land Transfer Taxes by province.
|Land Transfer Tax (go to calculator)
Up to $55,000 X 0.5% of total purchase price
From $55,000 to $250,000 X 1% of total purchase price
From $250,000 to $400,000 X 1.5% of total purchase price
From $400,000 up X 2% of total purchase price
|Property Purchase Tax
Up to $200,000 X 1% of total purchase price
From $200,000 up X 2% of total purchase price
|Land Transfer Tax
Up to $30,000 N/A
From $30,000 to $90,000 X 0.5% of total purchase price
From $90,000 to $150,000 X 1% of total purchase price
From $150,000 up X 1.5% of total purchase price
Up to $50,000 X 0.5% of total purchase price
From $50,000 to $250,000 X 1% of total purchase price
From $250,000 up X 1.5% of total purchase price
|1.5% on total purchase price|
|Check with local municipality.|