HST is not applicable to most residential resale properties. But Land Transfer Tax typically is.
The good news is that, as First Time Home Buyers in Southern Georgian Bay, you may be eligible for a refund of all or part of the tax.
To claim a refund, you must be at least 18 years of age, you cannot have owned a home or an interest in a home anywhere in the world, and your spouse cannot have owned a home or interest in a home, anywhere in the world while he or she was your spouse. Previous ownership in a home means you do not qualify for the land transfer tax first-time homebuyers refund. The method of acquiring the home (e.g., purchase, gift or through an inheritance) is not relevant.
You cannot re‑qualify as a first‑time homebuyer.
How much will I save, you ask?
If you qualify, no land transfer tax would be payable on the first $368,000 of the value of the consideration for eligible homes- a Savings of $4000. First‑time purchasers of homes greater than $368,000 would receive a maximum refund of $4,000. Basically, you’d pay LTT on the balance.
Using our Example:
Purchase Price: 460,000
As a Non- Eligible Buyer, you’d Pay 5675.00 in LTT (using a Tiered Calculation, starting from .5% and climbing to 2%+) (See Buyer 101 Page for More Info)
As a Qualified First Time Buyer, you save $4000 on the first $368,000 of purchase price. But would pay the LTT on the amount beyond- in this case $1675.00.
For those that like math…
The balance of $92,000 (in our case, 460,000 – 368,000) is taxable as if you were a repeat home buyer. In this case 32,000 @ 1.5% & 60,000 @ 2.0%= ~$1675