One of the most frequent questions I get from clients is about the upcoming Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and how it will affect the purchase of a home. Here is the breakdown of the rules:
When does the HST take effect?
July 1, 2010.
How much tax will I be paying in total?
13% (That’s 5% GST + 8% PST).
I’m buying a resale home, so will I have to pay this HST?
Good news! The answer is NO! If you’re buying a resale home, you simply pay the purchase price as usual.
I’m thinking of buying a new home from the builder, so will I have to pay this HST?
Ouch, yes you do!
But wait, I heard there is some sort of rebate program in place if I bought a brand new home?
The Province is proposing a rebate so that new homes across all price ranges would receive a 75 per cent rebate of the provincial portion of the single sales tax on the first $400,000. For new homes under $400,000, this would mean, on average, no additional tax amount compared to the current system.
Is there anything else that I would have to pay HST on?
Unfortunately, they’re hitting you everywhere. You’ll be paying HST on legal fees, moving costs, home inspection fees, and real estate commissions.
Where can I find out the full details of this tax and how it works?
You can read all the exciting details right here.