The Federal Government of Canada has extended the deadline for homeowners to file their Underused Housing Tax (UHT) return until April 30, 2024. Homeowners affected by the Underused Housing Tax (UHT) will have until April 30, 2024 to file their returns for the 2022 calendar year without being charged penalties or interest. Penalties and interest were previously waived until October 31, 2023, but this has been extended.
This transitional relief will allow more affected owners to meet their obligations under this new law, which is part of the Government’s long-term plan to increase available housing for Canadians. Consequently, the Canada Revenue Agency will waive the application of penalties and interest for any late-filed UHT returns and for any late-paid UHT payable for the 2022 calendar year, provided the return is filed and the UHT is paid by April 30, 2024.
The Underused Housing Tax is an annual federal 1% tax on the ownership of vacant or underused housing in Canada that took effect on January 1, 2022.
The tax generally applies to foreign national owners of housing in Canada. However, in some situations, this tax also applies to some Canadian owners (such as certain partners, trustees, and corporations).
The vast majority of Canadian individuals who own residential property are excluded owners and, therefore, do not have to file a UHT return or pay the tax. It is the duty of the owner of Canadian residential property to determine if they are an affected or excluded owner. The CRA has published a new online self-assessment tool. This tool helps you to find information you need to determine if you an an “affected owner”.
To learn more about the Underused Housing Tax, visit canada.ca/cra-uht.