Home purchasers in most large Canadian centres have to add Land Transfer Taxes ("LTT") to their list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, Land Transfer Taxes (or property purchase taxes) are a basic fact of life.
Land Transfer Taxes, levied on properties changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, the taxes can range from 0.5% to 2% of the total value of the property.
Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems and these can be complicated. If you purchase a property for $260,000 in Ontario, for example, 0.5% is charged on the first $55,000; 1% is charged on $55,000 to $250,000, and 1.5% is charged on $250,000 to $400,000.
In Ontario first time buyers of new homes may be eligible for a rebate of the Land Transfer Tax!
The following sections are designed to help you to calculate land transfer tax in Ontario. Please note: The calculations provided on this page and the Land Transfer Tax Calculator are provided for informational purposes only. I recommend that you consult with a professional in order to determine the actual amount of LTT you will be required to pay. (i.e. your agent, lawyer or banker).