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TAX PITFALLS: FOREIGN ONWERS CLAIMING TO BE “RESIDENTS OF CANADA

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Vancouver real estate pitfalls
The B.C. court decision requiring notary public Tony Liu to pay his client more than $600,000 for  because Liu failing to determine whether the Vancouver house his client was buying for $5.5 million had been owned by a tax resident of Canada.

As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency did not get paid, at the time of the sale, the 25 per cent capital gains tax it charges non-resident sellers of Canadian property on any profit they make on the sale.

When the CRA later demanded the buyer to pay the $600,000 in taxm, the buyer, in turn, sued Liu, arguing Liu failed to discover the seller was not a tax resident of Canada.

"People who don’t live in the country at least six months a year and don’t pay income taxes here" are considered by CRA as foreign property investors and thus subject to capital gains taxes.
 
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