Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Land Transfer Tax Refund to First Time Buyers of Resale Homes

Refund on Resale Homes, it's Now the Law.

In the 2007 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the government proposed to expand the Land Transfer Tax Refund Program to include first-time homebuyers of resale homes for agreements of purchase and sale entered into after December 13, 2007.

This measure was included in Bill 44, Budget Measures and Interim Appropriation Act, 2008, and, having received Royal Assent on May 14, 2008, is now law. As a result of this change, first-time homebuyers of resale homes may now be able to receive a refund from the provincial government of up to $2,000 of the land transfer tax paid.

Details from the original announcement December 2007

First-time buyers of resale homes to benefit from new tax measure

The McGuinty government is giving all first-time homebuyers a break on land transfer tax by proposing to expand the Land Transfer Tax Refund Program to include purchases of resale homes, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced today.

“Expanding this Land Transfer Tax refund is an important part of our government’s commitment to helping Ontarians buying their first home,” Duncan said.

Effective December 14th , first-time buyers of resale homes, as well as newly constructed homes, would be eligible for a refund from the provincial government of up to $2,000 of the Land Transfer Tax paid.

The expanded Land Transfer Tax Refund Program for First-time Homebuyers is part of a package of new tax initiatives announced in the 2007 Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review that would provide $1.4 billion in provincial tax relief for business and people over three years. The government is making strategic investments in people, communities and infrastructure to strengthen Ontario’s economic advantage and help manufacturers and other sectors challenged by current economic conditions.

For copies of the Refund Forms and or a Land Transfer Tax Calculator visit:

1 comment:

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Often the thought is that when you are purchasing your first home, you are exempt from having to pay any land transfer tax. This assumption can often shock first time buyers when final closing comes around and you’ve got a substantial Land Transfer tax bill to pay.

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