New HST/PST Rules for B.C. Housing

Published By: on February 20th, 2012 in Category Nanaimo Real Estate News
Published By: on February 20th, 2012 in Category Nanaimo Real Estate News

This week we learned that the the reign of the HST in B.C. will end April 1, 2013. At that time we will convert back to the 7% PST. In the meantime new rules have been implemented to help with the transition period.

Here are the key elements that I have gleaned from the press releases:

1. Previously the top threshold for receiving any HST rebate was $525,000. At that price you could receive a $26,250 rebate. Beginning April 1,2012, with the transitional rules, the threshold has been raised to $850,000 with a maximum rebate of $42,500.

2. These rebates are now available for 2nd homes.

3. After April 1, 2013, buyers will pay a 2% transitional tax on homes built before April 1, 2013.

This government site on New Home Purchases attempts to explain the rules for the transition from the HST to the PST.