The Tax Issue:
I own one third of a country home (located in Canada) together with my two siblings and I recently moved to the Bahamas. Do I have to pay tax in Canada on my share when the property is sold, since I have no tax to pay in the Bahamas?
First, when you leave Canada to become a non-resident, there are certain rules to consider. The big one is that you have a deemed disposition of all capital property at fair market value as of the date you left. I would seek professional advice in this regard.
But there are exceptions, one of which is real property located in Canada. The taxation of your share of the country home, therefore, is deferred until you actually sell it. At that point, it’s fully taxable in Canada regardless of where you live, because it falls into the category of “Taxable Canadian Property”.
At the time of the sale, you will have to provide the CRA with information and withholding taxes will likely apply to your share of the proceeds under section 116 of the Income Tax Act. You will have to file a Canadian income tax return to report the disposition and the taxes withheld will go as a credit against the actual taxes payable on the tax return. This issue was discussed in an earlier post. Again, at this point, a tax professional should be able to guide you.