Combination of the current 8% Provincial Sales Tax and the 5% federal GST creating a 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
The HST will come into effect on July 1, 2010 – however, there are transitional rules.
HST WILL apply to: (not a complete list)
The purchase of newly constructed or substantially renovated homes.
The services associated with the purchase of new homes and re-sale homes such as real estate commissions, legal fees, home inspection fees and moving costs.
commercial property rentals and leases.
HST WILL NOT apply to: (not a complete list)
The purchase of re-sale homes
Sale of housing that has been previously occupied by an individual as a place of residence and that is exempt from GST would also be exempt for purposes of HST
Residential rent, condominium fees.
Home insurance (which had been subject to provincial tax, but not GST).
Mortgage interest costs.