Housing Taxes and Benefits for 2023

Housing Taxes and Benefits for 2023

Effective January 1, 2023

Anti Flipping Tax  - Profits from properties held for less than 12 months are fully taxed with certain exceptions for unexpected life events like death or divorce. This ensures investors pay their share and are an active role in lowering home prices. 

Speculation Tax – Effective May 7th, 2022, The Goods and Services Tax/ Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) will be applied to all assignment sales of new construction or substantially renovated residential housing. Note, an assignment sale is when a property is resold before it’s been built or lived in.

Vacant Home Tax – Foreign-owned underused housing will have a 1% annual vacant homes tax to help make more homes available, the market more affordable and to ensure non-resident owners of Canadian housing pay their share. 

Foreign Buyers Ban – Foreign purchasing will be halted for 2 years effective January 1st, 2023 ensuring housing is used as Canadian homes and not as financial assets for foreign investors.

Benefits for Buyers in 2023 - The First-Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit doubled to $1,500 in direct support to home buyers to offset the increasing costing costs involved in the home buying process. January 1st, 2023 saw the introduction of a refundable Multigeneration Home Renovation Tax Credit which provides $7,500 to support the construction of secondary suites for senior family members or other adults with needs like disability.  

Tax-Free First Home Savings Account (FHSA) If you contribute $8,000 per year to buy a home, it’s the equivalent of the government offering you a non-taxable gift. Unlike the HBP, you don’t need to pay back the amount, even if the withdrawals are not used on a down payment for a home. However, those withdrawals will be taxable.

Reach out with any questions! It would be a privilege to serve as your Realtor.

Jason Streich⁠
Greater Calgary Real Estate⁠
403 807 2204⁠

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Source: Housing Taxes and Benefits for 2023 | Greater Calgary Real Estate | November 26th, 2022


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