Capital Gains Calculator

Welcome to Sterling Homes’ Capital Gains Tax Calculator! Our calculator is designed to make it easy to estimate your capital gains tax liability, with options for both investment properties and primary residences.

To get started, simply select the type of property you want to calculate your capital gains tax for. If you’re unsure of which one applies to you, you can read more about the definitions of investment properties and primary residences on our website. Once you’ve selected your property type, just fill in the required fields with information such as your employment income, the home purchase price, the home sale price and the selling costs.

The calculator will then generate an estimated capital gains tax figure based on your specific information and current tax rates. So no matter what type of capital gain you’re dealing with, our calculator has you covered. Try it out today and see how much you could save!




Capital Gain Tax
Tax Rate
Taxable Capital Gain
Capital Loss Amount
Capital Gains Tax Calculation
Proceeds of Disposition - Adjusted Cost Base = Total Capital Gain
Total Capital Gain * 50% Inclusion Rate = Taxable Capital Gain
Taxable Capital Gain * Marginal Income Tax Rate = Capital Gain Tax
* Please note that the details provided in this calculator are approximate and subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Capital Gains Tax?

Capital gains taxes for housing can be a daunting concept to tackle, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right tools, it can be quite simple. In short, it’s a tax applied to profits or gains from the sale of an investment property or primary residence. It’s important to note that capital gains only apply if the property has been sold for more than its original purchase price – any profit made on the sale of a property is subject to taxation. 

The amount of capital gains tax owed may vary depending on an individual’s circumstances such as their employment income and the sale price of the property. As a result, it’s important to understand how much capital gains tax you may be liable for when deciding whether or not to sell a property. 

Benefits of Using This Calculator

Using this calculator can be a great way to simplify the process of calculating the capital gains taxes you owe on your home sale. This calculator can quickly and accurately generate an estimated figure based on your specific circumstances. This way, you can ensure that you’re fully prepared for any capital gains tax liability when it comes time to sell your home. 

Furthermore, using this calculator can also be a great way to save money when filing your taxes. By taking the time to understand how much tax is owed and how to calculate it accurately, you can save yourself time and money. 

How Much Is The Capital Gains Tax Rate In Canada?

In Canada, 50% of a capital gain is taxable. This means that if you sell your home and make $100,000 in profit (after deducting any sales-related costs), then you’ll have to pay the capital gains tax rate on $50,000 of that money. 

In Alberta, the capital gains tax rates are currently as follows:


Amount of Capital Gains Tax Rate
$131,220 or less 10%
$131,221 to $157,464 12%
$157,465 to $209,952 13%
$209,953 to $314,928 14%
Above $314,928 15%


Bear in mind, you’ll also have to include federal taxes in your calculations. So in the above example, a capital gain of $50,000 would be taxable at 10% provincial tax and 20.5% federal tax, for a combined capital gains tax rate of 30.5%, meaning you’ll have to pay a total capital gains tax of $15,250 in total.

Are There Ways To Minimize Your Taxes On Capital Gains?

When selling your home, there are a few strategies you can use to minimize your capital gain tax liability. Firstly, you can look into taking advantage of any available capital gain exemptions or deductions that may apply to your situation. 

For example, the main exemption from capital gains in Canada is if you’re selling a home that’s your primary residence. However, the CRA has strict rules about what qualifies as a primary residence – for starters, it has to be one of the following types of dwelling:

  • a house
  • a cottage
  • a condominium
  • an apartment in an apartment building
  • an apartment in a duplex
  • a trailer, mobile home or houseboat

Additionally, your home has to meet all four of the following conditions:

  • It’s a housing unit, a leasehold interest in a housing unit, or a share of a co-operative housing corporation (acquired only to get the right to inhabit a housing unit owned by that corporation.)
  • You own the property alone or jointly with another person,
  • You, your current or former spouse or common-law partner, or any of your children lived in it at some time during the last year
  • You designate the property as your principal residence

How to Use The Capital Gains Tax Calculator Tool

Using our tax calculator is easy and straightforward. Simply select the type of property you’re calculating for, fill in your income, home purchase and sale prices and any associated sales costs, and it will generate an estimated capital gains tax figure based on current tax rates. 

And that’s it! Try it out today to help you understand what kind of capital gains taxes you may be liable for when you decide to sell your home. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Capital Gains Tax?

Capital Gains is a type of tax imposed on profits from the sale of certain investments, such as stocks, bonds, and real estate. The amount of tax owed depends on the type of investment, the length of time it was held, and other factors.

What is The Capital Gains Tax Calculator?

Our tax calculator is an online tool that helps you calculate the amount of capital gains tax you owe on the sale of your home. It takes into account factors such as the type of home, the associated sales costs, and other relevant factors.

How Do I Use This Calculator?

To use this calculator, you’ll need to provide information about the type of home sale, the sale price, how much the house was bought for and any incidental sales costs. The calculator will then use this information to calculate your estimated tax liability.

What are the Benefits of Using This Calculator?

Using the calculator can help you make more informed decisions about your home purchase or investment property, as it can provide you with an estimate of how much tax you will owe on the sale of a home. 

Are Capital Gains Considered Taxable Income?

In short, yes, you will need to pay taxes on it. However, you’re only taxed on the profit you made, not the overall sale price. This is because the cost of purchasing the asset, plus any improvements and selling costs (like real estate commissions), can be deducted from the sale price to help offset capital gains. These are called capital losses. So you will need to claim this on your income tax return for the appropriate tax year.

It’s important to note there are different tax rates for capital gains depending on the type of capital property and your income tax bracket. Additionally, there are some capital gains tax exemptions available for certain types of assets, like your primary residence. It’s always a good idea to consult with a tax professional if you have questions about how capital gains tax may apply to your income tax and specific situation.

What Strategies Can I Use to Minimize Taxes On My Capital Gains?

There are several strategies you can use to minimize your tax, such as reducing the profits from your home sale and designating it as your primary residence. For example: some people opt to transfer the capital asset (AKA gift) to a family member in a lower income tax bracket to help help save on paying capital gains tax. These strategies are subject to strict rules, however.

Are There Any Special Considerations for Calculating Capital Gains on Real Estate?

Yes, there are special considerations for calculating tax on real estate, such as depreciation deductions and special rules for primary residences. 

It’s important to understand the rules and regulations governing capital gains before you make any decisions, so it’s always best to consult with an accountant or tax professional if possible. 

Our Tax Calculator can help give you a better understanding of what kind of taxes you may owe on your home sale.

Be sure to seek professional advice from a certified accountant or tax lawyer, if you have any questions or concerns about your capital gains tax liability. It is always best to be informed so that you can make the most out of your home sale and ensure you are complying with applicable regulations. With this information, you can be sure that you are taking the best strategy for minimizing your tax liability.