Flipping houses? Expect to face tax on 100% of your profits

Financial Post

News reports of insider trading and house flipping among some Metro Vancouver real estate agents has led B.C.’s Superintendent of Real Estate, Carolyn Rogers, to launch an investigation into the matter.

Earlier this week, NDP housing critic David Eby claimed that some B.C. real estate agents have been avoiding property transfer tax as well as capital gains taxes by using a clause in real estate contracts that allows homes to be flipped.

But when it comes to house flipping, Canadians need to be warned that profits from real estate may not necessarily be taxed as a capital gain, in which case only 50 per cent is taxable, but rather they could be taxed as business income, in which case 100 per cent of the profit is subject to tax.

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