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More than 99% of British Columbians will not pay speculation and vacancy tax

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Christian Fernsby |
British Columbia
Canada   British Columbia

Nearly all speculation and vacancy tax (SVT) declarations are complete and the tax is capturing speculators who own homes in B.C. but do not pay tax.

Based on declarations received so far, more than 99% of British Columbians will not pay the speculation and vacancy tax. To date, foreign owners, satellite families and Canadians living outside of B.C. make up more than 80% of those paying the tax.

All owners on title including spouses, family members or individuals who own part of an estate property must complete separate declarations. There is still time for owners to complete their declaration and claim an exemption without penalty.

Owners who do not complete a declaration will receive a tax notice of assessment before the end of May reminding them of their requirement to complete a declaration. A declaration must be completed to claim an exemption or to determine eligibility for a tax credit. If owners are not exempt, they must pay their assessed amount by July 2, 2019.


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