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First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit

Blog by Adina Dragasanu, Personal Real Estate Corporation | March 1st, 2018

Were you a first-time buyer in 2017?

Here's a quick reminder that you can save some extra money on this year's tax return, by claiming your First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit when filing your 2017 income taxes. See below for full info:

First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit (HBTC)

First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit (HBTC) 

What is the Home Buyers' Tax Credit (HBTC)?
The HBTC is a non-refundable federal tax credit, based on an amount of $5,000, for first time home buyers that acquired a qualifying home in 2017.

How is the new HBTC calculated?

The HBTC is calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15% in 2016) by $5,000. For 2017, the credit would be $750.

Who is eligible for the HBTC?

You can qualify if:

  • you or your spouse or common-law partner acquired a qualifying home; and
  • you did not live in another home owned by you or your spouse or common-law partner in the year of acquisition or in any of the four preceding years.

How do I claim the HBTC?
Beginning with the 2009 personal income tax return, line 369 is incorporated into the Schedule 1, Federal Tax to allow you to claim the credit in the year in which you acquired the qualifying home.  

Do I have to submit any supporting documents with my income tax return?
No. However, you must ensure that this information is available, should it be requested by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 

For complete information on the Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC) visit the CRA's website >>

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