Speculation and Vacancy Tax

The speculation and vacancy tax is an annual tax based on how owners use residential properties in major urban areas in B.C. 

Everyone deserves an affordable place to call home, yet house prices and rent have skyrocketed out of reach for too many people. The provincial government is taking action to address this crisis through the annual speculation and vacancy tax, which will contribute towards:

  • Turning empty homes into good housing for people who live and work in B.C.
  • Supporting affordable housing initiatives

Find out more about how the speculation and vacancy tax applies to you.


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How the Tax Works

The speculation and vacancy tax is designed to turn empty homes into housing for British Columbians, and ensure foreign owners and those with primarily foreign income contribute fairly to B.C.’s tax system.

How to Declare

All residential property owners in the designated taxable regions must complete an annual declaration for the speculation and vacancy tax.

Exemptions

Over 99% of British Columbians are exempt from the speculation and vacancy tax. Generally, an owner is exempt from the tax if the home is their principal residence.

Exemptions for individuals and corporations are also available for circumstances such as major home renovations and life events such as divorce, hospitalization, or extended absence.

Tax Credits

If you aren’t eligible for any of the speculation and vacancy tax exemptions, you may be eligible for a tax credit to reduce the amount of tax you have to pay.

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How to Pay

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.

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Audits & Appeals

To ensure the tax is applied correctly, all speculation and vacancy tax declarations may be audited. If you believe an error was made in your speculation and vacancy tax assessment, you may appeal the assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read the answers to questions about the speculation and vacancy tax, including the exemptions you may be eligible for and how to declare and pay the tax.

Forms

Depending on your circumstance, you may need to submit certain forms with your declaration.