File Your Property Transfer Tax
When you register an interest in a property you need to:
- File a tax return
- Pay property transfer tax, including any additional property transfer tax payable by a foreign entity or a taxable trustee
- Email us a completed additional property transfer tax return (PDF), if applicable
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.
Property Transfer Tax
When you register an interest in a property, you need to file one of the property transfer tax returns:
- General Tax Return
Use when you are not a first time home buyer and not claiming an exemption
- First Time Home Buyers' Tax Return
Use when you are eligible for the First Time Home Buyers' Program
- Special Tax Return
Use when you are claiming an exemption, except in cases where a foreign entity or taxable trustee may not be eligible for certain exemptions
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:
- Most law firms or notaries
- Land Title Offices
Additional Property Transfer Tax
In addition to the general property transfer tax return, if you are a foreign entity or taxable trustee required to pay the additional property transfer tax, you or your legal professional must also file the additional property transfer tax return (PDF).
Email the signed form and any attachments to ATTENQ@gov.bc.ca the same day the transfer is registered at the Land Title Office.
All property transfer transactions are subject to audit and all additional property transfer tax returns are reviewed and verified.
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.