Tax Rules for Home Buyers

If you’re one of the many Canadians who dream of home ownership, and you’re working hard to make this goal a reality, you should know that the Canada Revenue Agency has two programs that can help you get there faster.

There is the First Time Home Buyers’ Plan. Because the required down payment on a house purchase can be a stumbling block, the government will actually let you borrow the money to put down on your dream home – from yourself.

Under the rules of this program, you would be allowed to take money out of your RRSP to help buy your home – up to $25,000. This money will remain sheltered from tax, so long as you pay it back within 15 years. This is a great way to put your retirement savings to work for you today, without the considerable tax consequences of withdrawing it outright. The only downside is that you won’t be earning interest on your investment, but that might be outweighed by the interest cost saved by using your own money instead of a loan.

Another helping hand for new homeowners from the CRA is the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit on your tax return. It’s a non-refundable tax credit that can put money in your pocket by reducing the amount of tax you owe for the year in which you buy your house.

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