September 15, 2016

Vancouver “empty house” tax may cost more money to enforce than it brings in

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator
 

British Columbia is known for its high cost of living, and one thing that contributes to that are high taxes and fees. But today the government announced it will be cancelling the previously announced 4 per cent increase to BC MSP premiums – that’s the Medical Services Plan of B.C. 

Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver announced some details regarding their plan to tax empty homes in a way to combat foreign ownership in the city.

The rate will be between 0.5-2.0 per cent and will apply to anyone who self declares a home as empty on their tax bill. But what about those who don't self declare, or hide it from their Canadian tax bill?

City staff plan to rely on a snitch-and-audit system of enforcement. I really think the collection and enforcement of this tax could inevitably cost the city more than it brings in.

When talking about empty houses, the assumption is they often belong to foreign owners and are kept as an investment and there is no incentive to rent them out.

And in this case that assumption is probably right, but what about people who own a second apartment in the city? Or who go away for the winter? Will they be exempt?

I’m just not convinced an empty home tax will fix the root of the problem.

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commented 2016-09-17 08:39:49 -0400
I think the issue is not that the houses stay empty but that the owners do not maintain the properties because they are away. Instead, the city should fine people who do not maintain their properties to a proper standard that they could establish. When you pay property taxes, you have done your share. If you want to keep your property empty, that should be your own personal choice.
commented 2016-09-16 10:59:26 -0400
Regarding MSP abandoning a rate hike, just watch and listen, Christie will say anything she thinks she needs to. That’s what she does, and if implemented it usually means taking it out of our hides somewhere else. Gov’t never gives up a revenue source or any opportunity for a new one. I would love to see the cons make headway in BC. Christie is obnoxiously duplicit.
commented 2016-09-16 10:51:51 -0400
“If you want to understand the impetus behind this remember that all metroplex urban planners have the UN Agenda 21 handbook on their desk and one of the directives is for urban planners to maximize the occupancy to dwelling to sq.Ft. ratio – in other words the UN Utopian city has a person (better 2) in every bedroom – if a home has 4 bedrooms a minimum of 4 people should dwell there, any less and the local taxing authority makes you pay an occupancy surcharge.”

So that’s why the long form census was demanding information on the rooms in your house, sq. footage, when it was built, reno’s etc.
Like I am going to willingly give over that info in a census, so they have it all in one convenient place.
commented 2016-09-16 01:06:02 -0400
Isn’t enforcement costing more than revenue a cornerstone of the leftist public-union-sponsored political policy? The money ends up in their pockets, with a little extra taken from other sources.
commented 2016-09-16 00:37:04 -0400
Bill Elder i do make fun of some of them , some of the conspiracy nuts think absolutely nothing happens without a conspiracy, they need to get a life. I realize sometimes there is a plan or a plot, but not all the damn time. And some use it to hate on Israel and glorify Putin, who has his good points but is still after power like any globalist.
commented 2016-09-15 22:28:36 -0400
It has taken 30 years for the impact of Asian money to explode in Vancouver, and of course, racism is being raised.
Let this be a perfect example of the affect politicians’ decisions can have when introducing foreign money, cultures and practices.
Reminds me of the story……http://gadocartoons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Oct-242.jpg

Trudeau….do you see what’s happening in Vancouver?
commented 2016-09-15 21:39:58 -0400
At the end of the day it’s just another tax… Taxation is just another form of theft… All of the policies of politicians at some point Will be enforced by guns and violence perpetrated a more than willing psychopathic police force.
It is the property of the owner and if you are already paying the property tax your house it should be able to sit full or it should be able to sit empty and it’s nobody’s business.

Bill Elder…
I wonder if anybody notices anymore that nobody makes fun of the tinfoil hat wearers anymore. Maybe people are waking up a little bit of the time to realize what’s going on around them is a global social engineering experiment that will not end well for the elitists or for the partisans.
“the strength of our focus will determine
the outcome of our reality”
commented 2016-09-15 20:24:05 -0400
Taxing empty houses is just a trial balloon. If property owners sit still for this, stage two is taxing empty bedrooms – it will come next.

If you want to understand the impetus behind this remember that all metroplex urban planners have the UN Agenda 21 handbook on their desk and one of the directives is for urban planners to maximize the occupancy to dwelling to sq.Ft. ratio – in other words the UN Utopian city has a person (better 2) in every bedroom – if a home has 4 bedrooms a minimum of 4 people should dwell there, any less and the local taxing authority makes you pay an occupancy surcharge.

Read it for yourself in the Agenda 21 policy notes on occupancy density, I can’t make up Orwellian stuff like this. Ultimately the plan is to get people off acreages and out of rural small towns into huge metroplexes with high in managed density housing – like sardines. Taxing for occupancy utilization is a way to force empty nesters, seniors and lifestyle singles to down-size to that nice little cracker box government condo (like high-rise tiny homes.
commented 2016-09-15 18:31:27 -0400
WHY DID THEY LET THIS GO ON FOR SO LONG?? DOES ANYONE IN THIS SO CALLED COUNTRY , ACTUALLY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT CANADIANS AND CANADA?????
commented 2016-09-15 17:47:50 -0400
Geez soon they will be taxing dead people.
Hey politicians there is a finite amount of taxation , people do need money to eat and such you know.