Buying a Home, Real Estate

What is Land Transfer Tax?

by Modern Money

Summary: Land Transfer Tax

When you buy real estate in Canada, there are various costs associated with the transaction, and one that many buyers aren’t aware of or simply forget about is the land transfer tax (LTT). This tax, also referred to as a “property transfer tax” in some places, varies across provinces and territories.

In this article, we’ll dive into the details of the LTT in Canada, its implications for homebuyers and how to calculate it accurately.

Land Transfer Tax Overview

Land transfer tax is a provincial or municipal tax that is payable by the buyer upon acquiring property. The tax is based on the property’s purchase price and is intended to generate revenue for the government. While the structure of the tax differs across provinces, its impact is a critical consideration for potential homebuyers as it may have implications on your home-buying budget.

How it Impacts Your Purchase

Believe it or not, many people forget about LTT when they’re buying a home, which often leads to a last minute scramble to come up with the funds necessary to pay this tax.

That is why it’s crucial that homebuyers consider this BEFORE buying, and factor this into their total home-buying budget. If you don’t consider this tax alongside the other expenses (such as down payment, legal fees, and title insurance), you will likely leave yourself in a tight spot to have the sufficient funds for closing.

To help with understanding everything you would need to pay when finalizing a real estate transaction, here is an example of what’s referred to as a “statement of estimated closing costs”, which your lawyer would prepare as part of the transaction. As you can see, many more costs than just your down payment!

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Calculating Land Transfer Tax Across Canada

To calculate the LTT, you need to consider the property’s purchase price and the applicable tax rates. It’s important to note that certain provinces offer exemptions for first-time homebuyers up to a certain purchase price threshold. For instance, in Ontario, first-time homebuyers are eligible for a rebate of up to $4,000 on their land transfer tax.

Each province and territory in Canada has its own LTT regulations, including tax rates, calculation methods, and potential exemptions. To see the full breakdown for each Canadian province, click here to use our mortgage calculator! You can enter all purchase details to see your monthly payments, land transfer tax and much, much more. This is a great tool to plan for your future purchase.

For more articles on buying a home or just general real estate tips to level up your knowledge before buying, renovating or getting into the rental property game, click here!

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