As this is such an important issue, I’m gonna repeat my last article. Today is the last day to voice your opinion to our Provincial govt and tell them how you feel about the possibility of DOUBLING your Land Transfer Tax. The govt is accepting all opinions until today.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is Ted McMeekin… You can email his office through Mark Cripps at Mark.Cripps@ontario.ca and by phone at 416 585 6842.
In case you don’t know what Land Transfer Tax is… the province charges a tax to the purchaser, every time a home is sold. Yup, another cash grab. It’s kinda like when you buy a new car… when you buy it, you are charged sales tax (today, that’s 13%… remember when it was 7% and 8%? seeing a pattern here anyone?). And when you sell that car, the sales tax is levied once again to the new purchaser…when they sell it, the new purchaser must pay this sales tax again… and so on, and so on. But why? Why should a sales tax be charged over and over again? Can anyone explain this?
If you buy a house, and sell in 2 or 3 or 10 yrs, the govt charges this Land Transfer Tax. It’s ridiculous and it’s not a fair system of levying a charge.. Yet, it’s something that has been accepted as the norm.
In Toronto, the mayor couldn’t balance the budget so he seeked special powers from the Province to introduce a Toronto Land Transfer Tax in 2008. Yup, they just created a new tax out of thin air and slammed all property buyers with a double tax.. Nice, eh?
Look, if you are as upset with this as I am, then take 2 mins and send an email to the govt. It’s one thing to bring into a major city like Toronto, but to bring into all communities across the province would be disastrous. Not all of Ontario is experiencing prosperity. This is shameful. I don’t like making strong statements like that. But I can’t help myself.
Stand up Ontarians! Have your say.
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