Voice Your Concerns About the Proposed HST on This Site

by Maggie Chandler on August 24, 2009

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) today launched a new section of its website to provide the public and REALTORS® with information about the impact of the proposed Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and an opportunity to voice their concerns about the tax. This new resource, which can be found  encourages concerned citizens and REALTORS® to proactively communicate their dissatisfaction with the HST by sending letters to their local MLAs, Premier Gordon Campbell, Minister of Finance Colin Hansen and Carole James, Leader of the Official Opposition. Housing is an essential basic need and a significant part of the BC economy,” said BCREA president John Tillie. “We hope the public will join with REALTORS® across the province to express their concern by writing to the government. The HST is unfair to homebuyers and sellers, and the government must take action to minimize the impact of this unfair tax on consumers.”

On July 1, 2010 the proposed HST will significantly increase the cost of buying and selling all property, particularly newly-built homes. With almost 60 per cent of a BC family’s household income required to cover home ownership costs, BCREA is concerned that homebuyers will bear most of the burden associated with the HST resulting in a negative effect on BC’s housing affordability.   BCREA is calling on the provincial government to exempt real estate related services, and to increase the rebate threshold on new housing to at least $500,000, with the threshold indexed for inflation and adjusted annually. The government should also amend the flat rebate of $20,000 to a fixed percentage rebate of four per cent for new homes over the rebate threshold and introduce a three-year phase-out of the Property Transfer Tax to restore fairness for homebuyers.What’s your opiniuon on the HST? Good or bad for the Province ? And real estate?keep up to date with Vancouver’s changing real estate market, subscribe via RSS or email.

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