First-time home buyers who acquire a qualifying home can obtain up to $750 in tax relief by claiming the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC). The value of this non-refundable credit is calculated by multiplying the credit amount of $5,000 by the lowest personal income tax rate (15 per cent in 2022). Any unused portion of the HBTC may be claimed by an individual’s spouse or common-law partner as long as the combined total does not exceed $750 in tax relief.
An individual is a first-time home buyer if neither the individual nor the individual’s spouse or common-law partner owned and lived in another home in the calendar year of the home purchase or in any of the four preceding calendar years. This credit is also available for certain acquisitions of a home by or for the benefit of an individual who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, even if the first-time home buyer condition is not met.
A qualifying home is one that the individual or individual’s spouse or common-law partner intends to occupy as their principal residence no later than one year after its acquisition.
Budget 2022 proposes to double the HBTC amount to $10,000, which would provide up to $1,500 in tax relief to eligible home buyers. Spouses or common-law partners would continue to be able to split the value of the credit as long as the combined total does not exceed $1,500 in tax relief.
This measure would apply to acquisitions of a qualifying home made on or after January 1, 2022.
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