Archive for the ‘HST’ Category

GST/HST Pitfalls of Buying Real Estate “In Trust”

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
GST/HST and buying real estate in trust

Who pays the GST/HST can be tricky to answer on real estate purchases, especially when done “In Trust” for another corporation. A recent court case, 225493 Ontario Limited vs the Queen, provided some direction on this situation, and an expensive lesson learned for the vendor of the property. Background on buying “In Trust” case The […]

GST/HST New Housing Rebate: 4 things every real estate investor must know

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Calculating GST/HST rebates

Receiving a GST/HST new housing rebate can mean a substantial chunk of money back in a real estate investors pocket to re-invest. However, the new housing rebate forms and process has some built-in difficulties that can mean the money that should be coming to you will stay firmly in the government’s hands. While the process […]

3 GST/HST areas to navigate when constructing multi-unit residential buildings

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants 4 Comments
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GST/HST issues surrounding building multi-unit residential complexes are questions that have a large impact on cash flow and costs. Savvy real estate investors and builders coordinate the intricacies of GST/HST issues with their real estate accountants as  a matter of course to avoid surprises. Builders and investors must consider at least three GST/HST areas when constructing a residential […]

Q&A: Is HST applicable on a rental property if commercially zoned but all units are residential rentals?

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
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Question: We are investigating the purchase of a rental property in an Ontario town, and have a quick question about the HST. The property is presently set up as four residential rental units, but it is zoned commercial. From conversations with the city, apparently the property is to include three residential and one commercial unit. If […]

Understanding GST/HST Housing Rebates

Posted on: July 1st, 2015 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments
GST/Housing Rebate

GST/HST tax is an area where real property owners and sellers have many questions. “With increased property values, HST is becoming a bigger issue on the sale of real property, including farmland.  See the referenced article for some of the issues to consider when buying or selling real property,” says Scott Merry, CPA, and Senior Manager […]

Online with CRA yet? Set up your personal and business accounts

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

Canada Revenue Agency is providing access to more and more services online, and, given the recent closings of a variety of in-person desk-services at office across the country, they are expecting all of us to “get with the times” and get online too. The best part is that these online services make it convenient to […]

2013 Federal Budget – A focus on tax changes

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by Real Estate Accountants 4 Comments

We’ve now seen some of the provinces come through with their budgets and as a general rule there are certainly financial concerns, dealt with by tax increases (direct or indirect) and spending cuts. With the federal budget (on the first day of the real March Madness games) we are faced with much of the same […]

Should I register for GST/HST?

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

The “should I register for GST/HST” question is a common one we get from our clients, which normally goes like this: I have received forms from CRA for GST/HST registration, I am not sure if I should register a GST/HST number for a parent corporation and a real estate holding company. There is no income […]