File Your Taxes

When you register an interest in a property you need to:

  1. file a tax return
  2. pay property transfer tax, including any additional property transfer tax payable by a foreign national or foreign corporation
  3. send us a completed additional property transfer tax return, if applicable

Steps 1 and 2 must be completed together at a Land Title Office. In most cases, property transfers are completed by a legal professional.

Step 3 can be completed by you or your legal professional and must be mailed to the address on the form the same day the property transfer is registered at the Land Title Office.

File Your Tax Returns

Property Transfer Tax

When you register an interest in a property, you need to file one of the property transfer tax returns:

  1. General Tax Return
    Use when you are not a first time home buyer and not claiming an exemption
  2. First Time Home Buyers' Tax Return
    Use when you are eligible for the First Time Home Buyers' Program
  3. Special Tax Return
    Use when you are claiming an exemption

As the person gaining a registered interest in the property, you must sign the certification portion on the tax return you are filing. If you choose to file the tax return yourself you can get a tax return from:

Additional Property Transfer Tax

In addition to the general property transfer tax return, if you are a foreign national or foreign corporation required to pay the additional property transfer tax, you or your legal professional must also file the additional property transfer tax return (PDF) .

The completed and signed return must be mailed the same day the transfer is registered at the Land Title Office. Send the return to:

Property Transfer Tax
Ministry of Finance
PO Box 9427 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC  V8W 9V1

All property transfer transactions are subject to audit and all additional property transfer tax returns are reviewed and verified.

Pay Your Taxes

When you register a property transfer, you need to pay property transfer tax, unless you qualify for an exemption. You must also pay the additional property transfer tax, if applicable.

Each transferee is jointly and severally liable for any additional property transfer tax payable. If you do not pay the additional tax, the other transferees are required to pay your share.

If you do not pay the taxes on the date the transfer is registered, the Registrar of Land Titles may refuse to register your property transfer.

If you are not using a legal professional, you can pay by cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Recent Changes

Find out about recent changes:

If you are a legal professional, find out how these changes may affect filing requirements.

Hire a Legal Professional

We recommend that you seek assistance from a legal professional when you register a property transfer. Any change to a title, even changes that seem minor, may have major legal repercussions and other consequences.

Useful Contacts

Telephone: 250 387-0604 (Victoria)
Alternate
Telephone:
1 888 355-2700 (Toll-free in B.C.)
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