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[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]With the City of Toronto Spending Panel wrapping-up its audit of the City’s 2014 Spending today, the Toronto Land Load up (TREB) is calling for City Committee to push ahead with giving help from the Toronto Home Purchasing Duty (Land Move Assessment) for every single home purchaser, and to keep giving devoted alleviation to first-time home purchasers. TREB’s perspectives are being repeated by a great many Torontonians who have been reaching City Councilors by email and different methods.

“The Home Purchasing Assessment harms individuals when they would least be able to bear the cost of it. It punishes individuals like developing families or retired folks. City Gathering ought to do its part in keeping Toronto reasonable by giving alleviation from the Home Purchasing Assessment for every single home purchaser,” said Dianne Usher, President, Toronto Land Board.

The City’s Spending Board of trustees will consider a movement to nearly dispense with the Land Move Assessment on the first $250,000 estimation of a property, for every single home purchaser, however to likewise kill the current discount that gives alleviation to first-time home purchasers on the measure of Land Move Expense payable up to a $400,000 home. Whenever actualized, such a proposition would imply that recurrent home purchasers would pay about $2,000 less Land Move Expense, which TREB accepts is a decent positive development. Notwithstanding, the proposition would likewise bring about first-time home purchasers paying an extra $1,695 in Land Move Assessment. TREB has stood in opposition to the proposition to make first-time home purchasers pay more Land Move Expense, telling the Spending Board that every single home purchaser, including first-time purchasers, merit alleviation from the Land Move Duty. What’s more, TREB called attention to that first-time home purchasers merit more help, not less, on the grounds that the current first-time purchaser discount covers out on a $400,000 home, however the current normal cost of a Toronto home is roughly $570,000 and rising.

“Indeed, even first-time home purchasers buying less than ideal evaluated properties are as of now being compelled to pay a huge number of dollars in Toronto Home Purchasing Assessment. Any proposition to take out the first-run through purchaser refund would exacerbate things. First-time home purchasers merit more help, not less,” said Von Palmer, TREB’s Central Government and Public Undertakings Official.

TREB has additionally called attention to the City’s Spending Council that the current assessment paces of the Home Purchasing Duty are backward on the grounds that they power individuals buying less than ideal estimated homes to pay the most elevated expense rate. At present, the most noteworthy Land Move Expense rate kicks in on homes evaluated more than $400,000 for Every home purchaser, extensively below the City’s present normal cost of roughly $570,000 and rising.

“The Home Purchasing Expense has gotten an ever-increasing number of backward as home costs have expanded, on the grounds that its assessment rates have not been changed with swelling. Somebody buying a home evaluated beneath the City’s normal cost is being charged the most elevated duty rate. That is wrong,” said Palmer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Torontos New Proposed Budget

Torontos New Proposed Budget

With Toronto City Council debating the City’s 2014 Budget, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is telling Councillors that the proposed budget’s reliance on the Toronto Land Transfer Tax poses risks and that City Council should begin cutting this tax instead. TREB’s views are being echoed by thousands of Torontonians who have been contacting City Councillors by email and other means.

Relying on an unpredictable revenue source like the Land Transfer Tax, which fluctuates with the City’s real estate market, poses risks.  The proposed budget that City Council will be debating relies on this unpredictable revenue more than ever before.  Torontonians deserve better than that and City Council should be focusing on predictable budgeting options and cutting the Land Transfer Tax, instead.

When the City’s 2014 budget process began last November, City staff recommended budgeting $335 million in revenue from the Land Transfer Tax for 2014, which allowed for a buffer in revenue expectations to account for potential fluctuations in the real estate market.  Since then, the City’s Budget Committee and Executive Committee made amendments to the proposed Budget to increase the budgeted revenue from the Land Transfer Tax by over $20 million, exposing the City’s budget to greater risk if real estate market trends change. In a letter sent to City Council, TREB has warned City Councillors of this risk, and called for City Council to cut the Land Transfer Tax instead, and focus on predictable budgeting options.

The Home Buying Tax hurts people when they can least afford it. It penalizes people like growing families or retirees. City Council should do its part in keeping Toronto affordable by providing relief from the Home Buying Tax for all home buyers.

TREB has told Councillors that eliminating the Land Transfer Tax on the first $400,000 value of a property, at a minimum, for all home buyers, would be a good first step in providing relief from this tax.  Setting this threshold at $400,000 would ensure that first-time home buyers would be no worse off (Currently, first-time home buyers are eligible for a rebate on the Land Transfer Tax payable up to a $400,000 property).  TREB also told Councillors that if a lower threshold is preferred, then the current rebate for first-time home buyers should be maintained, and potentially expanded, and indexed to inflation going forward.   With the current average price in Toronto at approximately $570,000, TREB believes that the current first-time home buyer rebate is inadequate because it has not kept pace with inflation.

I asked Von Palmer, TREB’s Chief Government and Public Affairs Officer to share his thoughts on the issue.

“Even first-time home buyers purchasing below average–priced properties are currently being forced to pay thousands of dollars in Toronto Home Buying Tax, because the City’s first-time home buyer rebate has not kept pace with inflation,” said Mr. Palmer.

TREB has also pointed out to City Council that the current Land Transfer Tax rates are regressive because they force people purchasing below-average priced homes to pay the highest tax rate.  Currently, the highest Land Transfer Tax rate kicks in on homes priced over $400,000 for ALL home buyers, considerably lower than the City’s current average price of approximately $570,000 and rising.

“The Home Buying Tax has become more and more regressive as home prices have increased, because its tax rates have not been adjusted with inflation.  Someone purchasing a home priced below the City’s average price is being charged the highest tax rate. That’s not right,” said Palmer.

TREB also told City Council that potential new real estate transactions resulting from a reduction in the Land Transfer Tax could help off-set any impact to the City’s budget.

Potential growth in home sales resulting from a Land Transfer Tax rate reduction could help offset the impact to the City’s budget. Research by the C.D. Howe Institute has shown that the Land Transfer Tax has dampened home sales in Toronto by 16 percent annually.  If a Land Transfer Tax rate reduction helps to reduce or reverse this effect, the resulting extra home sales, which may not have occurred otherwise, could generate new off-setting revenue for the City, while bringing more balance into the market.

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