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Nova Scotia Land Transfer Tax 2020

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Nova Scotia Deed Transfer Tax (DTT)

When a piece of land is bought and sold in Nova Scotia, the buyer must pay a Land Transfer Tax called the Deed Transfer Tax (DTT). The tax rates are determined by each municipality and the tax amount is calculated based on a percentage of the sale price of the property; the rates are updated regularly by the municipalities, although they may not be updated right away on the SNS and thus it is at your discretion to check with each municipality for the most updated rates. A sector of the government of Nova Scotia , called the Land Registration Offices, collects the tax on behalf of the municipalities when the transfer is recorded. If the tax is not paid within 30 days after the transfer, a 10% penalty amount of the tax will be charged. Under Part V of the Municipal Government Act, the purchaser of property must also complete a Deed Transfer Affidavit of Value form—the Government of Nova Scotia will use the form to update its land information and data.

Nova Scotia Land Transfer Tax Calculator

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Every municipality has a select tax rate, please select from the location list for the most accurate result. Rates for each municipality are provided in the table below.

Exemption From the Deed Transfer Tax

You may be exempt from paying the Deed Transfer Tax if:

  • You are merely confirming, correcting, or supplementing a previous transfer
  • If the transfer is occurring between the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board and a borrower under the Agriculture and Rural Credit Act
  • If the buyer is a registered Charitable Organization and the property is not used for any commercial, industrial, rental or other business purpose
  • If the property was bought before the year the municipality implemented the tax

Other conditions may also apply, and details can be found by contacting your nearest Land Registration Office.

Comparison of Nova Scotia Land Transfer Taxes with Other Provinces

Land transfer tax comparison of all Canadian provinces for a $500K property in 2020
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Nova Scotia Land Transfer Tax Rates by Municipality

Municipality Municipality Tax Rate
Halifax1.5%
Dartmouth1.5%
Sydney1.5%
Glace Bay1.5%
Sydney Mines1.5%
New Waterford1.5%
Municipality of the County of Annapolis1.5%
Town of Annapolis Royal1.5%
Town of Middleton1.5%
Municipality of the County of Antigonish1%
Town of Antigonish1.5%
Cape Breton Regional Municipality1.5%
Municipality of the County of Colchester1%
Town of Stewiacke1%
Town of Truro1%
Municipality of the County of Cumberland1.5%
Town of Amherst1.25%
Town of Oxford1%
Municipality of the District of Clare0.5%
Municipality of the District of Digby1%
Town of Digby1.25%
Municipality of the District of Guysborough1%
Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s1.25%
Town of Mulgrave0.5%
Halifax Regional Municipality1.5%
Municipality of the District of Hants East1.5%
Region of Windsor and West Hants Municipality1.5%
Municipality of the County of Inverness1.5%
Town of Port Hawkesbury1.5%
Municipality of the County of Kings0%
Town of Berwick1%
Town of Kentville0%
Town of Wolfville1.5%
Municipality of the District of Chester1.5%
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg1.25%
Town of Bridgewater1.5%
Town of Lunenburg1%
Town of Mahone Bay1.5%
Municipality of the County of Pictou1%
Town of New Glasgow1%
Town of Pictou1%
Town of Stellarton1%
Town of Trenton1%
Town of Westville1%
Region of Queens Municipality1%
Municipality of the County of Richmond1.5%
Municipality of the District of Barrington1.5%
Municipality of the District of Shelburne1.5%
Town of Clark’s Harbour1%
Town of Lockeport1.5%
Town of Shelburne1.5%
Municipality of the County of Victoria1%
Municipality of the District of Argyle1%
Municipality of the District of Yarmouth1%
Town of Yarmouth1%

Visit our Canada Land Transfer Tax page to find out more information about land transfer and other taxes accross Canada.

This calculator is provided for general information purposes only. WOWA does not guarantee the accuracy of information shown, and is not responsible for any consequences of the use of the calculator.
* Rates shown are on approved credit and subject to change without notice.