HST to PST: Transition Rules for Real Property

Last update: December 17, 2012

On August 26, 2011, the provincial government announced that it will eliminate the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) by March 31, 2013. Commencing April 1, 2013, in BC the HST will be replaced by the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the BC Provincial Sales Tax (PST). On February 17, 2012, the BC Ministry of Finance and the federal Ministry of Finance announced general transition rules for real property.

The following questions and answers are intended to provide clarity regarding sales of new housing at a high level. For advice about specific transactions and situations, BCREA suggests individuals seek legal and/or accounting advice, as appropriate.

For more information, see:

From http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/government-relations/pst-transition-rules

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