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Alberta Tourism Levy and Online Marketplaces

Tax Development Apr 01, 2021

Taxpayers are reminded that effective April 1, 2021, the Alberta Tourism Levy applies to short-term rentals purchased through online marketplaces. Alberta has released a transitional rule, under which the levy does not apply to the purchase of a short-term rental booked through an online marketplace prior to April 1, 2021. However, reservations for all short-term rentals made on or after April 1, 2021 will be subject to the levy, unless the rental qualifies for exemption. Note that the transitional rule for supplies of short-term rentals through online marketplaces is based on the booking date, rather than the reservation date (i.e., when the accommodation will be used).  

The province recently released and/or updated several publications regarding other changes to the Alberta Tourism Levy introduced in this year’s budget, including the:

  • ability of online marketplace suppliers of short-term rental properties to register for and collect the levy;
  • elimination of the previous exemption for short-term rentals with less than four bedrooms; and
  • introduction of an exemption for short-term rental properties not listed with an online marketplace and with annual gross revenues under $5,000, or a rental rate less than $30 per day or $210 per week.

Further details regarding these changes, which took effect on April 1, 2021, may be found in the following publications: