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Hotel Room Tax (HTR) and Implications on Short Term Vancouver 2010 Rental Accommodations for Homeowners
We recently asked CRA directly as to the implications of renting out your home or condominium apartment as a rent 2010 accommodation (either furnished or unfurnished) in regards to the Hotel Room Tax (HTR) in addition to other municipal taxes. This is what CRA has to say regarding the 2010 Olympic rentals and charging the HRT Hotel Room Tax on your furnished and unfurnished suites.

Short Answer: Short term rentals are taxable under the Hotel Room Tax Act (the Act) when an operator has four or more units of accommodation. Therefore, if you are managing or have four properties for rent during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, your rentals are subject to the Hotel Room Tax or HTR, so make sure you apply for your HTR registration number. Remember that your tenants will need to pay this Hotel Room Tax on their short term furnished Vancouver 2010 rental accommodation, so they will need to budget for this. In addition, you have to make sure that your renters are fully aware of this Hotel Room Tax which is in addition to the rental rate that you provide them for the furnished 2010 Olympic housing, whether it is furnished or unfurnished. The Hotel Room Tax and 2010 Rental accommodations is basically subject to all apartments and homes for rent throughout the Greater Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler districts and is applicable to short term rentals (like less than one month). If you are classified as an operator, you are required to charge 8% Hotel Room Tax (HRT) plus any other addition local Municipal and Regional District Taxes of up to 2% of the purchase price on all Vancouver 2010 rental accommodation that you provide as a short term rental during the Winter Olympic Games.

BC Hotel Room Tax (HRT Taxes) for short term rent 2010 Vancouver accommodations

The Analysis Around Charging the Hotel Room Tax on 2010 Rental Homes and Suites
Analysis: HRT, or the BC Hotel Room Tax applies to the purchase of a unit of accommodation in British Columbia, including lodging in hotels, motels, resorts, bed-and-breakfasts, and similar places for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as well as at any other time for short term rental accommodation. It applies to both furnished and unfurnished Vancouver 2010 Olympic housing suites as well. It also includes short term rentals of cabins, cottages, condominiums and similar places during the rent 2010 Vancouver Games. A unit of accommodation is the basic unit rented to a customer during the short-term 2010 rental accommodation. For example, a unit of accommodation in a bed and breakfast is a room, while if a cabin is rented as a whole, the unit is the cabin. For the purposes of the BC Hotel Room Tax Act you are likely to be classified as an operator if you manage four or more units for short term rentals as rent 2010 Vancouver homes or suites. The number of units of rent 2010 Vancouver accommodation you offer is based on the total number of units in British Columbia, even if some of the units are in separate establishments, locations or have different owners. If you offer three units at a bed and breakfast in Squamish during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and you offer a private cabin in Whistler during the Winter Games as well as furnished 2010 Vancouver accommodation on behalf of another owner, you are required to register because you offer a total of four units of accommodation. This would be subject to the BC Hotel Room Tax of 8% for all four units of 2010 Vancouver accommodation that you are offering. An operator of BC short term 2010 rentals is defined as "a person, other than a tourism agent who, in the normal course of the person's business, sells, offers to sell, provides, or offers to provide furnished or unfurnished rent 2010 Vancouver Olympic accommodation in British Columbia". To qualify as a BC 2010 rental short-term operator and be required to levy and collect tax on the purchase price of accommodation, a person does not have to own the furnished Olympic 2010 accommodation that is being rented.

How to apply for your Hotel Room Tax Number for British Columbia HRT Vancouver 2010 Rental Accommodation short term

BC HRT Tax Collection for Furnished and Unfurnished Vancouver 2010 Olympic Housing and Accommodation Units
If you are required to collect and remit HRT (or the BC Hotel Room Tax) for your Olympic 2010 units of accommodation, then the rate is 8% of the full purchase price of the BC accommodation. Please note that registered operators in certain areas of the province are also required to charge a Municipal and Regional District Tax of up to 2% of the purchase price of accommodation for furnished and unfurnished 2010 Vancouver Olympic housing suites. The cities of Vancouver and North Vancouver each have this additional 2% HRT, which means that the total HRT in those cities is 10%. In other words, the municipal taxes and Hotel Room Taxes in both Vancouver and City of North Vancouver for short-term unfurnished and furnished 2010 Vancouver rentals will be subject to the 8% HRT plus 2% HRT municipal taxes for a grand total of 10% taxes that you will need to charge the tenants and renters of your units of accommodation. For an explanation of how to register for the BC HRT, please refer to the Bulletin HRT 005, Registering to Collect Hotel Room Tax, available at: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/hrt_005.pdf. Under the BC Hotel Room Tax Act, the short term rent 2010 Vancouver accommodation HRT tax does not apply to lodging where: the operator offers less than four units of accommodation or if the furnished or unfurnished 2010 accommodation lodging is purchased by the same person for a continuous period of more than one month. (A month is calculated from a day in one month to a day numerically corresponding to that day in the following month, less one day. For example, February 22 to March 21 is a one-month period. The same person must not be a travel agent, and the room may be occupied by that person, that person's employees, or members of that person's family). Note that other exemptions to the BC HRT or Hotel Room Tax for the short-term furnished and unfurnished Vancouver 2010 Olympic rentals also apply. For further information please refer to Bulletin HRT 006, Accommodations - Registered Operators of Hotels, Motels or Other Lodgings, available on our website at: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_library/bulletins/hrt_006.pdf, and the B.C. Hotel Room Tax website, available at: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Consumer_Taxes/Hotel_Room_Tax/hrt_bulletins.htm.

Do you need to charge the 8% HRT Vancouver Hotel Room Tax for your Olympic 2010 housing rental?

This correspondence describes how the Ministry interprets the relevant tax provisions for information purposes only. This response may be impacted by variations in circumstance, subsequent changes to legislation or subsequent court decisions. This response is provided as an aid to understanding the legislation and is not intended to replace the legislation. The Ministry is not responsible for updating this response if there are any subsequent changes to the law.

Tax Inquiries and Business Transformation Section
Policy and Legislation Branch
Ministry of Finance
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Keywords: short term rentals
Legislation: HRT

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