Attention - First Time Home Buyers!

If you are a first time home buyer, congratulations! A home is generally considered the largest investment most people will make in their life.

Below is a list of great programs, rebates and tax credits available to help reduce some of the costs of buying your first home.

First Time Home Buyers Programs

  • RRSP Home Buyers Plan
  • Ontario Land Transfer Tax Credit
  • Toronto Municipal Land Transfer Tax Credit
  • Enbridge Gas

First Time Home Buyers RRSP Plan (up to $25,000)

The First Time Home Buyers RRSP Plan (HBP) allows first time home buyers to withdraw up to $25,000 from RRSPs to buy or build a home for yourself or for a related person with a disability. The withdrawn amount must be repaid within 15 years, subject to a minimum annual repayment that is 1/15 of the amount withdrawn. If the full $25,000 is withdrawn, the minimum annual repayment is $1,667. If less than the minimum is repaid in any particular year, the balance is added to the taxpayer’s income. To qualify for the Home Buyers Plan, an individual must not have not owned a home during the last 4 full calender years.

Follow the link for more information on the RRSP Home Buyers Plan.

 

First Time Home Buyers Ontario Land Transfer Tax Credit (up to $2000)

The Land Transfer Tax Credit is a refund of the cost of the provinces land transfer tax up to a maximum of $2,000. This will allow first time home buyers to purchase a home up to $227,500 without having to pay any land transfer fee. Any amount higher than $227,500 is taxed a rate of approximately 1.5%. To qualify the property must be owner occupied. The first time home purchaser may claim the full maximum amount or a proportion of the maximum refund amount. To qualify for the Land Transfer Tax Credit, you cannot have ever owned a home, or an interest in a home, anywhere in the world. The refund can be given instantly at the lawyers office but advise the lawyer prior to the closing date if you qualify for the rebate

Rebate Examples
Cost Of Home Tax Payable Tax Rebate
$100,000 $725 $725
$200,000 $1,725 $1,725
$300,000 $2,975 $2,000

The refund amount is reduced when one or more of the transferees are not a first time home buyer. The reduction will be proportionate to the interest in land acquired by the individuals who are not first time home purchasers. For example, a parent who is not a first time home buyer and child who is a first time home purchaser, purchase a home with equal 50/50 interests, the child may claim 50% of the land transfer tax refund. The child’s claim cannot exceed 50% of the maximum allowable refund, i.e., 50% of $2,000.

 Click the link for more information on the Ontario Land Transfer Tax Credit.

Follow the link for more information on the Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rate.

 

First Time Home Buyers Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate (up to $3725)

 First time home buyers of a newly constructed or re-sale residential property qualify for the Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate. The maximum allowable rebate is $3,725.00. This allows first time home buyers in Toronto to purchase a home valued as high at $400,000 without having to pay a Toronto land transfer tax. Any additional amount above $400,000 will be taxed at a rate of 2%. The property must be owner occupied.

 If you are eligible for a rebate of all or a portion of the MLTT you owe, your lawyer will be able to claim the rebate electronically through Teraview version 6.0 software when he/she registers your transfer/deed.

 More information on the Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate and the Toronto land transfer tax rate can be found on the City of Toronto website.

Enbridge Gas
 
Enbridge Gas offers its own rebates, including programmable thermostats ($15), gas heating system upgrades ($100) and tankless hot water heater upgrades ($300). Note that these numbers are in addition to whatever credits you are eligible for under other programs offered by the Ontario and federal governments.

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Michael Kwok

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CENTURY 21 New Star Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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