Land Transfer Tax
Purchasers in most large Canadian cities can add Land Transfer Taxes to their list of closing costs. These taxes, levied on properties that are changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, taxes can range from half of a percent to two percent of the total purchase price.
Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems that can be complicated. For example, if you purchase a property for $300,000 in Ontario, 0.5% is charged on the first $55,000, 1% is charged on $55,000 - $250,000, while the $250,000 - $400,000 range is taxed at 1.5%. Your total tax bill? $2,975.00.
The following chart illustrates Land Transfer Tax Calculation for Ontario (please note that buyers purchasing a property in Toronto will also be subject to an additional Municipal Land Transfer Tax as well).
|Land Transfer Tax (go to calculator)
Up to $55,000 X 0.5% of total purchase price
From $55,000 to $250,000 X 1% of total purchase price
From $250,000 to $400,000 X 1.5% of total purchase price
From $400,000 up X 2% of total purchase price