7 must-read tax season tips for real estate investors

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments

As a real estate investor, what should your real estate accountant be advising you about for the 2016 tax season, and the coming of 2017? We previously published this post last year, but with changes that have occurred in 2016, we thought it was worth reviewing, and updating with the latest information. 1) NEW for 2016: Principal […]

Principal residence exemption & your 2016 taxes

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

In October, the Federal Government created some major headlines when they announced changes to the principal residence exemption rules for Canadian taxpayers. The details of the principal residence exemption rule changes were outlined in this BDO Canada article, but as a real estate investor, what do they mean for you? Starting in 2016, anyone who […]

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

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

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 7 Comments

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 […]

Secondary suite income: Principal residence exemption and CMHC rules one year later

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

Now that about a year has passed with CMHC allowing income from secondary suites to be counted for mortgage qualification purposes, as real estate accountants we’re still covering questions regarding this. The most common ones being: Does having a portion of your home rented through a secondary suite void the use of the principal residence […]

Moving real estate to corporate ownership: 7 tips you need to know

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants 16 Comments

The number one question for real estate accountants after “should I incorporate” is “can I move my properties to my company from my personal name?” Moving your personally owned rentals is not a “moving job” that should be undertaken without a great deal of thinking ahead and planning. You must ensure your real estate accountant, lawyer, and […]

Agreements-for-sale and rent-to-owns: Navigating the quagmire of tax implications

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

We see a growing number of investors who are acquiring real estate beyond the traditional “buy-and-hold” strategy or, even more popular, using a mix of techniques. Two examples of such techniques include using “agreements for sale” (AFS) and “rent-to-own” (RTO) agreements. But, one critical note for these strategies is that the tax implications associated with […]

Canadian real estate market: 4 trends affecting the landscape

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

Talking about the “Canadian Market” is difficult in a country with so many varied and specific sub-markets. What is happening in Vancouver and Toronto vs. Calgary and Windsor or Halifax? These are all very different conversations. But some overall economic drivers affect each of these markets in different and interesting ways. BDO Canada’s Real Estate […]

Joint ventures: 5 tips for real estate investors to stay onside with the tax man

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

When dealing with joint ventures, as a real estate investor you understand that talking about what really matters, and then having a clear written record, is a key part of the process. Your real estate accountant will also tell you that the words you use to describe your joint venture, and the joint venture agreements […]

10 key lessons for real estate investors on capital vs income when arguing with the CRA: From intention to integrity

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

Selling a property is an opportunity for you as a real estate investor, but can also be an opportunity for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). A recent court case revolving around capital vs. income provides an interesting case study for real estate investors with 10 key lessons, including those on intention, integrity, and reliable records […]