| Taxes

The provincial government has published updated information about the BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act.

Many people are focusing on the published increase in the tax to 2% from 0.5% in 2019 for foreign owners and satellite families, however, this is just a reiteration (or perhaps a gentle reminder from the government) of the tax as it was originally announced.

The updates published this week are comprised of three parts:  Clarification of existing exemptions, the announcement of new exemptions and the phasing-out of other current exemptions.  Here are some highlights:

  • Clarification on how spouses declare exemptions.
  • Clarification on the 10 year period for other exemptions falling under principle residence exemption.
  • Clarification on exemptions for spouses (including common-law) going through separation or divorce.
  • New exemptions for members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Exemptions for properties only accessible by water or air.
  • The phase-out of exemptions for strata properties with rental restrictions has been extended for two more years.
  • Strata hotel exemptions have been extended for another year.
  • Vacant land exemptions end in two weeks.

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