Definition : Real estate tax - Transfer tax (Welcome tax)

Amount of money collected from the buyer by a local municipality upon the transfer of an immovable, new or already existing, subject to exemptions provided by law. These transfer taxes, commonly known as the "taxe de Bienvenue", were introduced in 1976 by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Guy Tardif. An "urban legend" falsely attributes the fatherhood of this tax to Liberal Minister Jean Bienvenue.

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Transfer duties, commonly called “welcome tax” implemented in 1976 by the then minister for Municipal affairs, Guy Tardif. An “urban myth” falsely attributes the parenthood of this tax to the liberal minister Jean Bienvenue. (Bienvenue means “welcome” in French). An additional source of revenue for cities and municipalities, the tax requires you, as the new owner, to pay duties on the acquisition of real estate. It applies to transfers of any new or used building and land, unless exempted by Law. Any new owner has 30 days to pay his transfer duties from the receipt of an invoice asking him to pay. Generally, this invoice is sent a few weeks after the acquisition of the apartment.  
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Transfer duties, commonly known as the “Welcome tax" were established in the 70’s by the former Liberal minister Jean Bienvenue. (Bienvenue means “welcome” in French). An additional source of revenue for cities and municipalities, the tax requires you, as the new owner, to pay duties on the acquisition of real estate. It applies to transfers of any new or used building and land, unless exempted by Law.
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