HST Transition Rules

October 21, 2009 — The provincial government has provided rules/guidance on how it will transition to the implementation of the proposed Harmonized Sales Tax.

Details are provided below, including links to common questions and answers, background information, and ongoing updates on REALTORLink. Members are encouraged to review this information. If, after reviewing this information, you require more detail, you can contact:
– The provincial government HST enquiry line at 1-800-337-7222
– The Canada Revenue Agency GST/HST enquiry line at 1-800-959-8287
– TREB staff at 416-443-8000 ext. 8043 or mritacca@trebnet.com


The provincial government has announced that it intends to combine the eight percent Provincial Sales Tax with the five percent federal Goods and Services Tax, creating a 13 percent Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

The HST is NOT YET IN EFFECT. The provincial government has indicated that it intends to bring the HST into effect beginning on July 1, 2010; however, note transition rules below.
HST will not apply on the purchase price of re-sale homes.
HST would apply to services such as moving cost, legal fees, home inspection fees, and REALTOR® commissions.
HST will apply to the purchase price of newly constructed homes. However, the Province is proposing a rebate so that new homes across all price ranges would receive a 75 per cent rebate of the provincial portion of the single sales tax on the first $400,000. For new homes under $400,000, this would mean, on average, no additional tax amount compared to the current system.
Click here for more background information on how the HST will affect REALTORS®.
Click here for some common questions and answers.
Visit REALTORlink for on-going updates, provided by CREA. To access, log in to www.REALTORLink.ca , using your TorontoMLS log-in information, then select “Toronto”. CREA’s HST updates are provided in the sidebar titled “HST Update”.

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