Foreign Buyer’s Tax and What To Expect
First of all what is Foreign Buyer’s Tax? It is part of Bill 28, explained below.
Bill 28, the Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016, came into force on August 2, 2016. The law was introduced after calls urging the British Columbia provincial government to intervene in the housing market and curb foreign investment that was seen as a major contributor to the rapid rise in home prices.
There Are 4 Parts to The Bill
- Vacancy Tax – “Amendments to the Vancouver Charter to enable the City of Vancouver to impose a municipal vacancy tax on vacant residential property”
- Foreign Buyer’s Tax – “Amendments to the Property Transfer Tax Act, imposing an additional property transfer tax of 15% on all residential propertypurchased by foreign buyers”
- Discontinuing industry self-regulation – “Amendments to the Real Estate Services Act discontinuing industry self-regulation of the real estate industry”
- “Creating a new Housing Priority Initiatives special account to fund initiatives in respect to housing, rental, access, and support programs with the new tax revenues resulting from this law”
Foreign Buyer’s Tax
“A new 20% tax was added to the Property Transfer Tax when a purchaser, who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, purchases residential real estate property in Metro Vancouver. The tax is expected to add a large cost to foreign buyers of homes in Vancouver and increase tax revenue for the provincial government.
Government figures showed that foreigners, mainly Chinese, have purchased $1 billion worth of real estate in British Columbia during a five-week period in 2016. When the tax was introduced, Christy Clark the Premier of British Columbia said: “There is evidence now that suggests that very wealthy foreign buyers have raised the price, the overall price of housing for people in British Columbia”. Foreign buyers were blamed by Tom Davidoff of the University of British Columbia (UBC) for large increases in real estate prices experienced in Vanvouver. According to David Ley, also of UBC, taxing foreigners has slowed down rapid real estate appreciation in other countries.”
To read up on info explaining the property transfer and vacancy tax, read our blog post HERE!