Need help calculating the Property Transfer Tax and GST?

The BC Real Estate Association has some online calculators to help you or your clients determine the taxes payable on the purchase of a property. The calculators are also accessible on your mobile device.

When a property is purchased, the potential amount of tax to be paid can vary greatly. The calculators indicate how much Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Property Transfer Tax (PTT) should be charged, less any PTT exemptions (for first-time homebuyers and/or newly-built homes), as well as any eligible federal rebates, and estimate the total costs.

There are three calculators. Simply start with a purchase price that either:

To view these calculators, click here. To view the new mobile version, which combines all three of BCREA’s calculators into one, click here. You can also save the page as a bookmark which enables the calculator to be used offline.

Were you also aware that changes were recently made to the PTT? With the 2016 BC Budget, the following changes were made:

  • Newly-constructed homes used as principal residences, up to $750,000, are exempt from the PTT. A partial exemption is available for new homes up to $800,000. This is for all buyers, not just first-time buyers. For more information, click here.
  • The PTT rate was increased to 3% on the portion of a property’s fair market value above $2 million. Rates of 1% on the first $200,000 of a property’s fair market value and 2% on the fair market value between $200,000 and $2 million will continue to apply. For more information, click here.

Although these changes are a step in the right direction, the PTT still negatively impacts housing affordability in BC and BCREA therefore has recommendations to the provincial government on potential improvements. To view BCREA’s recommendations, click here.

This post was adapted from a story in BCREA’s May 2016 eBulletin.