By Lethbridge Herald on April 20, 2015.
Today, Rachel Notley announced that the NDP will help homebuyers and cancel Jim Prentice’s staggering 600 percent increase to the Mortgage Tax.
“Families are worried about their jobs and paying for their mortgage,” said Notley. “But Jim Prentice is barging ahead with his plan to hike the Mortgage Tax by 600 percent, putting a new hurdle in the path to homeownership. Jim Prentice’s Mortgage Tax hike is the worst kind of housewarming gift for homebuyers.”
The PC budget increases the variable Mortgage Tax and Land Transfer fees from $1 to $6 for every $5,000 of property value, as of July 1, 2015. It also increases the fixed fees for mortgages, land transfers, and land title registry searches.
Today, Notley announced that the NDP will cancel the PCs’ tax hikes on mortgages and land titles, allowing new homebuyers to keep hundreds of dollars in their own pockets.
“Jim Prentice is protecting corporate tax giveaways for the PCs’ wealthy friends while making it more expensive for families to buy a home. Clearly, the PCs have the wrong priorities,” said Notley. “The NDP will stop Jim Prentice’s tax hike on mortgages and land titles. Unlike the PCs, the NDP plan will make life more affordable for families and focus on protecting what matters most to Albertans.”
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