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CRA Updates Principal Residence Folio
October 19, 2019

The ability to claim the principal residence exemption (PRE) on the sale of a home is one of the most valuable tax-reduction strategies many Canadians will ever use.

The PRE relieves you from paying capital gains when you sell a property you’ve designated as your principal residence.
Beginning in the 2016 tax year, changes to the Income Tax Act tightened the regulations that allow you to qualify for the PRE. Most significantly, you’re now required to report the sale of your principal residence on your tax return, but there are other new rules that must be followed as well.

Recognizing that Canadians are finding the process difficult to navigate, Canada Revenue Agency, in July 2019, issued a technical publication, Tax Folio S1-F3-C2, Principal Residence, that provides a comprehensive explanation of how the rules work. It also includes information about additional changes made to the PRE since 2016.

For many homeowners, particularly those owning multiple properties, the CRA’s PRE overhaul has created tax complications that may require professional tax advice. It’s clear that homeowners must be more vigilant in future about the tax consequences of selling real estate.


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