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EBLAIR 2009-04-11 08:44 PM

new taxes to hit the housing industry
Look out Ontario: more taxes are coming your way
Is the bad news about our economy, the slumping housing industry, and more lost jobs enough to have you down and out? Wait there is more bad news heading your way. Yes the poor, beat-up and overtaxed Canadian family, living in Ontario, is about to face more taxes. Primarily, the tax is directed at the housing industry so if you plan to buy a newly constructed home, or sell your home, you will be facing this new tax in Ontario.

Announced on March 26, 2009, the Ontario Liberal Government, Dalton McGuinty, is fine-tuning their annual provincial budget which is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2010. The new budget is going to merge the current 8% PST and 5% GST, into a new “harmonized” tax. If you think that is a harmless undertaking, have a close look at some of the housing-related services that will now be taxed:

Buyers who purchase a newly constructed home, after July 1, 2010, where the value is greater than $400,000, will be required to pay a 13% tax. For example, if you purchased a house for $500,000, the additional tax, added into the mix, would stick you with a $65,000 tax. It is important to mention, that this harmonized tax would NOT apply to re-sale homes. This has Ontario home builders especially worried as they are already dealing with excess inventory now and current deterioration of prices. With the introduction of this tax, newly-built, higher-priced homes, from builders, will be very difficult to sell.

If you are planning to sell your home, after July 1, 2010, you would be required to pay a 13% blended tax rate. The new 13% tax rate will replace the current 5% GST calculated on a realtor’s commission. This 13% tax will apply on the service, regardless of the sale price of your home. The tax will be charged, whether you utilize the services of a professional real estate agent or a discount service provider. Realtors, no doubt, will be facing disgruntled sellers who will push even harder to negotiate the commission down because of the new added costs a seller will face: a higher tax, a lower home value and less cash room for sellers to maneuver. The 13% tax will be a big burden especially since real estate values are predicted to face challenges right into 2010, when the new tax is introduced.

The list of affected services, does not stop there. The following, in the housing and services industry, will also be required to top up their invoice with this new 13% tax:
- legal services
- home inspection services
- landscaping
- renovation services
- land survey services;and there are others too.

Of course the Ontario Government is really beginning to lick their lips with glee, as this new tax is estimated to bring in over $300 MILLION in tax revenues, and the revenues are only estimated for the closing of home sales alone. With a surging deficit, the Ontario government is going straight into our pockets for help. Many in Ontario are unhappy about the proposal but like most legislation in Ontario, it is passed without the strong-arm to stop it.
For me, as an Ontario resident, a move to the province of Alberta sounds really tempting because our friends out west do not pay any provincial sales tax!
This notice was written by Elizabeth Blair, a Licensed Mortgage Agent with Mortgage Edge in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Elizabeth services mortgage clients in Mississauga and all over the Greater Toronto area.
You can contact Elizabeth directly by phone at (905) 510-5785
by email at
or you visit her website at:
Elizabeth is licensed with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and is also a Member of IMBA (the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario) Lic # M08005880 Brokerage Lic # 10680 Head office is located at: 15 Wertheim Court, Suite 210, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

oakvillehomeowner 2009-04-20 12:09 AM

this is already being discussed elsewhere.

fyi - if your intent here is to advertise your services, you have just alienated me as a potential customer. enjoy your move to alberta.

Nick99 2009-04-20 10:45 PM

With oil trading under $50 wait and see how long there will not be a sales tax in Alberta.

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