The speculation and vacancy tax is an annual tax based on how owners use residential properties in major urban areas in B.C. All residential property owners in the designated taxable regions must complete an annual declaration for the speculation and vacancy tax.
The speculation and vacancy tax is due on the first business day in July (July 2 in 2020). However, you can pay the tax anytime after you receive a Notice of Assessment in the mail, which will show the amount of speculation and vacancy tax you owe. After you declare, a Notice of Assessment will be generated and mailed to you if you owe the tax.
For properties owned on December 31, 2018, the tax rate is the same for everyone: 0.5% of the assessed value of your residential property on July 1, 2018, as determined by BC Assessment. B.C. owners are eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,000 on secondary properties to offset their tax payable.
For 2019 and onwards, the speculation and vacancy tax rate varies, depending on your residency and where you pay income tax:
The speculation and vacancy tax applies based on ownership as of December 31 each year.
If a residential property has multiple owners, any owed tax is divided among each owner based on their ownership share. For example, if you and your spouse are equal owners of a residential property in a taxable region, and no exemption applies, you’ll each owe tax on 50% of the home’s assessed value.
The tax rate for a corporation, trustee or business partner will be the highest rate applicable to any of the corporate interest holders, beneficial owners or business partners if they held the residential property individually.
BC Assessment notices have arrived in the mail, giving some homeowners a big smile and a bit more spring in their step (increased property taxes aside), while others wilt and lament at a modest gain or decrease in assessed value.
But hold on a sec. Neither this assessment document, nor either parties’ emotions, are tied to a current true market value. In fact, provincial property assessments can be significantly too high or too low. Values are determined in July of the previous year, and properties are rarely visited in person by provincial appraisers.
For this reason, provincial property assessments should never be solely relied upon as any sort of relevant indicator of true market value for the purposes of purchase, sale or financing.
A quick survey of recent sales and their relation to assessed values will often demonstrate no clear relationship between sale price and assessed value. It’s often all over the map.
BC Assessments were done in July 2019 and market significantly went up in October, November and December 2019!!
Tahiti is a French Polynesian island located a sizable distance from all the main continents. That remoteness lends to its beauty and exclusivity!
If you have dreams of buying a house in Tahiti, it’s important to know a little background first. Real estate there is very affordable. With easy access to the island via multiple airports, it can be a great getaway for those who are free to travel throughout the year. By visiting, you also skirt the residency requirements to live in Tahiti, although you’ll still need a passport.
Before you can purchase any land on the island, you’ll need approval from the French Polynesian government. The government is most likely to approve purchases if your presence will boost the economy. If, for instance, you’re building a big hotel or opening a restaurant on the island, you’ll be seen as an asset and more likely to get approval.
Getting authorization to purchase real estate on Tahiti can be a time-consuming process. You’ll have to wait for the go-ahead before you can finalize the purchase. If you’re buying an existing home, it’s common for multiple owners to be attached to a single property, which means you’ll also have to get the approval of each of them before the sale can go through.
Along with the requirements to live in Tahiti, it’s important to note that locals speak Tahitian. In more touristy areas, you’ll find workers speak English, but if you’re planning to take up residence, you’ll want to learn Tahitian. Some local residents will also speak French, and if you know French already, you’ll have a leg up in that area.
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kanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and Okanagan College have put considerable care and attention into ensuring its pre-employment program meets the needs of its members. They know that if individuals succeed, the community as a whole will also benefit.
To help ensure the pre-employment program addresses community needs, OKIB and Okanagan College continually seek input from Band stakeholders, students as well as program alumni. The program was recently expanded to include essential skills training, employability certification and Adult Basic Education through funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Province of BC. As a result, the course curriculum includes not only typical pre-employment training topics such as skills-assessment and resume writing but also workshops that focus on Aboriginal culture, communication skills, financial management, healthy eating and fitness.
OKIB Social Development Worker Cindy Brewer, Okanagan College Program Coordinator Cindy Meissner and lead facilitator Teresa Proudlove designed the pre-employment program to integrate foundational Aboriginal workshops throughout. "We have Social worker Molly Brewer talking to students on topics such as relationships, addictions and anger management that could be potential barriers to employment. Elder Judy Goodsky comes in to facilitate workshops about Aboriginal history and the medicine wheel helping students learn more about their heritage and how to keep themselves in balance" says Proudlove. "Many employment programs miss these critical cultural elements which reinforce students' honour and pride in their culture."
This is just one of many highlights of living, working and investing in Beautiful BC!