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Transfer duties

According to law, every municipality must collect duties on the transfer of ownership of any immovable situated within its territory. The property transfer tax is payable in a single installment, within 30 days of the billing date. 

What is a transfer of ownership of a property?

The right of ownership of a property is transferred when an act of transfer is published in the land registry office, as in the following cases:

  • A deed of sale;
  • A rental contract on a property exceeding 40 years;
  • An emphyteutic lease;
  • The transfer of an emphyteutic lease;
  • A deed of a gift;
  • The transfer of ownership following the death of the (or one of the) owner(s).

Payment of the property transfer tax

The property transfer tax is applied to all property transfers. It is the purchaser of the property who must pay the transfer tax. If there are several purchasers, they are held jointly responsible for the payment of the transfer tax.

The transfer tax is payable to the municipality in a single installment, within 30 days of the billing date.

Taxation basis

The transfer tax is calculated on the greater of the three following amounts:

  • The sale price (consideration furnished);
  • The market value of the property;
  • The consideration stipulated in the notarial deed (if different from the sale price).

Market Value

When a property constitutes an individual entry on the valuation roll, its market value is the value shown on the roll multiplied by the comparative factor, at the time of transfer.

For 2018: Market value = Value on valuation roll x 1.04 (comparative factor)

For the calculation of the property transfer tax, a comparative factor is determined each year and provides a means to standardize all the valuations entered on the roll in effect. It is established every year by the City assessor and is approved by the government.

Calculating the property transfer tax 

The transfer tax is calculated in relation to the base amount according to the following rates:

1portion of base amount up to $50,4000,5 %
2portion of base amount between $50,401 and $251,8001,0 %
3portion of base amount between $251,801 and $500,0001,5 %
3portion base amount exceeding $500,0012,0 %

Take, for example, a property purchased for $520,000, whose value on the roll is $503,000 and consideration stipulated is $520,000.

Market value = Value on valuation roll x Comparative factor:

In 2018 : $503,000 X 1,04 = $523,120

The higher of the following three amounts is taken as the base amount:

  • The consideration stipulated: $520,000
  • The market value: $523,120
  • The sale price: $520,000

Thus, the taxation basis is $523,120 for 2018. The transfer tax is $6,451.4 for 2018, calculated as follows:

  1. $50,400 X 0,5 % = $252
  2. $201,400 X 1,0 % = $2,014
  3. $248,200 X 1,5 % = $3,723
  4. $23,120 x 2 % = $462,4

Exemption from payment of the transfer tax

In certain cases, a buyer may be exempt from paying the transfer tax. To benefit from an exemption, the notary must include a note in the deed of sale pertaining to the type of exemption requested. The City of Saint-Lambert reserves the right to request documents justifying the exemption. It should be noted that even if a transaction is exempt, a special duty may still apply.

Main situations that benefit from an exemption:

  • Taxable amount is less than $5,000;
  • Transfer is to an ascendant or descendant relative in the direct line (transfer from father to son, from daughter to mother);
  • Transfer is between spouses of the opposite or same sex, whether married or living in a common law marriage;
  • Transfer occurs as a consequence of the death of a person who is directly bound to the transferee;
  • Purchaser is a public body within the meaning of the law;
  • Seller is a physical person and the purchaser is a corporation of which the seller owns at least 90% of the voting shares;
  • Transfer is by the municipality of a property that was acquired under the Act Respecting Municipal Industrial Immovables;
  • Repossession of the property is by a mortgage company, or other loan company

If you have any questions, please call the INFO-TAXES line at 450 466-3128 or send an e-mail to us at the Tax Office