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Short Term Accommodations Taxed

Effective October 1, 2018, new rules will be in place for short term accommodation providers in British Columbia.

As of that date, unless an owner is listing their property on an online accommodation platform such as Air BNB, or they have an exempt property, they must be registered for Provincial Sales Tax (PST), and if applicable, Municipal Regional and District Tax (MRDT).

The rate of tax for PST is 8%, and the MRDT can be up to 3%. If the provider is registered on an online accommodation platform, the platform will start collecting the taxes for them.

In the past, there were exemptions available if a provider had less than 4 units of housing available. This exemption will be removed when the new rules come into place.

It will be replaced by an exemption from registration for providers who have revenue of less than $2,500 in the last 12 months, can reasonably expect to have revenue of less than $2,500 in the next 12 months, and are not registered on an online accommodation platform.

Long term accommodations are still exempt under the new rules. However, there has been a reduction in the number of days needed to qualify for this exemption.

Previously a unit had to be rented for a month to be considered long term accommodation. Under the new guidelines, the rental property only has to be rented for 27 days to qualify.

Online classified listings and listing services that do not collect tax on behalf of the owner are not online accommodation platforms for the purposes of the new regulations.

Providers may also need to charge Goods and Services Tax on their accommodations. There have been no changes to these regulations.

Did You Know…Collecting GST

You can start collecting the Goods and Services Tax Credit (GST) starting with the first quarterly payment that is issued after you have turned 19. For instance, if your 19th birthday falls in August, your first payment will be issued in October. You must file a tax return for the previous year in order to receive the credit. A student earning less than $8,965 in the previous year will receive a total quarterly credit of $95.87, included the British Columbia Low Income Climate Action Tax credit (BCLICATC).

HST or PST/GST? Make an informed decision.

British Columbians will be asked to make a decision this summer on whether to keep the HST or to go back to the PST/GST. The following independent report details the positive and negative of HST and is meant to help you make an informed decision.

http://www.hstinbc.ca/media/Its_Your_Decision_GSTPSTHST.pdf

Your decision may be further influenced by the Provincial government’s news release today to reduce the HST rate to 10%.

http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2011FIN0051-000598.htm