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How to set up a Personal Real Estate Corporation as a Real Estate Agent

Ontario Realtors can now set up a Personal Real Estate Corporation (PREC) to own their business.  

Personal Real Estate Corporation setup

Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as opening a corporation, diverting all income to the corporation, shut down the sole proprietorship and then you pay 12.5% and live happily ever after. 

If you don’t take careful steps, CRA can put a value on your business, deem to have you selling your practice from your personal name to the corporation, and impose tax on gain on sale of business personal tax. 

If they say your business is valued at $100K, and assuming you didn’t file the proper forms to defer the gain, this $100K can be added to your return and taxed accordingly.  

The key is to do an analysis, determine if there is value, file the proper form and you can stay on the right side of the Income Tax Act.

In this video, I went through the PROPER STEPS required to set up a PREC to own your realtor business. 

How to Set up a Personal Real Estate Corporation as Real Estate Agents in Ontario

Feel free to reach out to our office to set up an appointment to go through your situation and see if PREC is for you before you dive too deep in. 😊

Until next time, happy Canadian Real Estate Investing. 

Cherry Chan, CPA, CA

Your Real Estate Accountant