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Government Assistance for the

First-Time Homebuyer

Developed For :Emma Tertula

David Tertula

Friday January 18th, 2013


Recognizing the value of homeownership to Canadians, the federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

Here are some popular offerings that thousands of Canadians have taken advantage of.


Home buyers plan
Home Buyers’ Plan federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • One of the most well known, utilized programs is the Home Buyers’ Plan. This plan allows eligible people to withdraw up to $25,000 tax free from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to purchase or build a qualifying home.

  • To qualify as a first-time home buyer you cannot have owned a home as a principal residence for four years before the date of the withdrawal of funds.

  • People using this plan have to start repaying the amount two years after withdrawing the funds and the entire amount must be repaid within 15 years.


Tax free savings account
Tax-Free Savings Account federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • Tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) allow people to save money and not pay tax on any interest accrued. This is a great way to save for a down payment on a home as the money is often more accessible than an RRSP.


Gst new housing rebate program
GST New Housing Rebate Program federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • Newly built homes are subject to 5% GST but there are some circumstances when you may be eligible to claim a rebate for part of the GST you pay on the purchase price or cost of building your home.

  • If the home you buy is less than $350,000,you can claim a GST rebate to a maximum of $8,750. For homes priced between $350,000 and $450,000, the GST rebate is reduced proportionately. New homes priced at $450,000 or higher ( before GST ) would not receive a rebate.


Home buyers tax credit hbtc
Home Buyers’ Tax Credit ( HBTC ) federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • Like the Home Buyers’ Plan, if you haven’t lived in another home owned by you or your spouse or common-law partner in any of the four proceeding years and you acquire a qualifying home (i.e., a housing unit located in Canada that will be your principal residence ), you can claim an amount of $5,000 for the Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC). This provides up to $750 in federal tax relief.

  • This initiative is designed to help first-time homebuyers with the costs associated with the purchase of a home such as legal fees, land transfer taxes, etc.

  • This tax credit is claimed on income tax returns in the year you purchase your home. There is also opportunity for individuals who require wheelchair accessible homes to claim this tax credit.


Land transfer tax credit part 1 of 2
Land Transfer Tax Credit Part 1 of 2 federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec residents can also make a provincial tax credit claim if you are purchasing a home as a principal residence as long as you and your spouse or common-law partner has never owned a home, or an interest in a home, anywhere in the world.

  • First-time homebuyers may be eligible for a refund of all or part of the tax. For transfers where:

  • the agreement of purchase and sale was entered into after December 13, 2007, the refund applies to all homes, whether newly constructed or resale.

  • the agreement of purchase and sale was entered into before December 14, 2007, the refund only applies on the purchase of a newly constructed home.

  • Applications for a refund must be made within 18 months after the date of the transfer.

  • Land Transfer Tax Refund- How much is the LTT refund?


Land transfer tax credit part 2 of 2
Land Transfer Tax Credit Part 2 of 2 federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

  • The maximum amount of the refund is $2,000. If the refund is claimed at time of registration, it may offset the land transfer tax ordinarily payable. If not claimed at registration, the refund may be claimed directly from the Ministry of Finance. No interest is paid on this refund

    For more information visit:

    Provincial Government Website for Land Transfer Tax Credit deadlines and applications.

    www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/refund/newhome/newhome/index

    Home Buyer’s Plan:

    servicecanada.gc.ca

    Home Buyer’s Tax Credit:

    actionplan.gc.ca


Thank you
Thank You! federal and provincial governments offer incentives to help first-time homebuyers get their financial footing.

Thank You


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