Many people are now aware of the new tax that applies to non-resident buyers looking to purchase property in Ontario. However, there still seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to non-resident sellers.
If you are not a resident of Canada and you are selling a property, your lawyer may need to hold back 25% of the sale price to protect the buyer against non-resident withholding taxes until you can get a clearance certificate from CRA. Wait times vary, but it can take up to several months from the time you apply to the time you get that certificate, and the money cannot be released until then.
If you are not a resident of Canada and are selling a property here, you should speak to an accountant early in the process to get the application started so that your money is tied up for as short a period as possible.