Appraisal for Tax Purposes | How Can I Save Taxes with my Principal Residence?

Tax Appraisal | Appraisal for Tax Purposes

Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner with years of property experience under your belt or a first-time buyer stepping into the exciting world of homeownership, every decision regarding your home carries significant financial implications. By understanding the intricacies of capital gains, property transfer tax, and appraisal for tax purposes, you can optimize tax savings and secure your financial future with confidence.
appraisal for tax purposes

What is capital gains and principal residence exemption?

Capital gains tax is a tax on the increase in value of an asset over time, including your primary residence. However, Canadian homeowners can benefit from the principal residence exemption, which reduces or eliminates capital gains tax on the sale of their home, provided specific criteria are met. Living in the property as your primary residence for every year of ownership is paramount. Should you fail to meet this requirement, portions of the capital gain may be subject to taxation, highlighting the importance of accurate property valuation through appraisal.

how does a property qualify?
what is a principal residence?

To qualify, the property must meet 4 conditions:

1- You designate the property as your principal residence
2- You own the property alone or jointly with another person
3- You, your current or former spouse or common-law partner, or any of your children lived in it at some time during the year
4- It is a housing unit, a leasehold interest in a housing unit, or a share of the capital stock of a co-operative housing corporation you acquire only to get the right to inhabit a housing unit owned by that corporation

Any of the following types of housing units can be considered a principal residence:

– a house
– a cottage
– a condominium
– an apartment in an apartment building
– an apartment in a duplex
– a trailer, mobile home, or houseboat

Retrieved from the Government of Canada Website.

Property Transfer Tax

Another consideration is the property transfer tax, payable upon registering a change in property ownership. In BC, this tax is progressive, with rates ranging from 1% to 5% based on the property’s fair market value. While the purchase price typically determines fair market value, appraisals can override this, potentially increasing the tax burden during transfers, especially to family members.

Utilizing Home Appraisal for Tax Savings

A tax appraisal serves as a crucial tool in tax planning, particularly in determining the fair market value of your property for years when it wasn’t your primary residence. By accurately assessing the property’s worth during different periods, you can calculate capital gains more effectively, potentially reducing tax liabilities.
If you are a tax planner and need a tax appraisal in the Lower mainland, you can rely on WesTech Appraisal’s expertise and local market knowledge. We are your trusted appraiser of choice, offering you a high-quality service and a professional experience. Contact us today to learn more about our appraisal services and how we can help you.

Beyond Property Valuation

WesTech’s Key Strengths:

Experienced company established in the local market for over 30 years

Brick and mortar local Vancouver Office where appraisers collaborate

Dedicated client care team offering excellent customer service and professional businesslike interactions whether by phone or email

100% of our appraisers are designated

Boutique firm focussed only in our local market serving Whistler to Chilliwack

Management still actively completing appraisals and are in tune with the market