April 1 Transition Tax on New Home Sales Reminder

The GST at 5% would apply to a taxable sale of real property in British Columbia where, under a written agreement of purchase and sale, tax becomes payable after March 31, 2013.

In addition, the transition tax will apply (in addition to 5% GST) to sales of newly constructed or substantially renovated housing where:

· the HST does not apply to the sale (GST applies)

· the construction or substantial renovation of the new housing is 10% or more completed as of April 1, 2013, and

· ownership or possession of the new housing transfers before April 1, 2015.

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