March 14, 2011

HBTC (Home Buyer’s Tax Credit)

This federal bill was sanctioned on December 15, 2009. Part of Canada’s  economic

action plan, the Home Buyer’s tax credit (HBTC) allows first-time homebuyers

to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $750 for the purchase of a qualifying

home acquired after January 27, 2009 (closing after this date).

The HBTC’s goal is to help home owners to bear the costs associated with the

purchase of a property, such as legal fees and welcome taxes, which can

represent a heavy burden for the new owners.

The HBTC is calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate

for the year by 5 000$. However, if the total of your non-refundable tax

credits is more than your federal income tax, you will not receive a refund

for the HBTC.

To qualify for this credit, you must complete section 369 of Schedule 1,

Federal Tax, of your personal income tax statement. You do not have to

submit supporting documents your purchase transaction with your income

tax and benefit return. However, you have to make sure that this information

is available if the Canada Revenue Agency asks for it.

In addition, this credit can be claimed by either of the spouses or can be shared

as long as the total of the combined claims do not exceed $750.

Eligibility requirements

The acquirer

You will be entitled to the HBTC if:

  • you or your spouse or common-law partner acquired aqualifying 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.

Qualifying homes:

Any housing unit located in Canada acquired after January 27, 2009:

  • Single-family homes
  • Semi-detached homes
  • Townhouses
  • Mobile homes
  • Condominium units
  • Apartments in duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes or apartment buildings

A share in a co operative housing corporation that entitles you to possess, and

gives you an equity interest in, a housing unit located in Canada also qualifies.

However, a share that only provides you with a right to tenancy in the housing

unit does not qualify.

Also, you must intend to occupy the home or you must intend that a related

person with a disability occupy the home as a principal place of residence no

later than one year after it is acquired.


The home must be registered in your or your spouse’s or common-law

partner’s name in accordance with the applicable land registration system.

Note that the regulation of the Home Buyer’s Tax Credit (HBTC) is similar

to the Home Buyer’s Plan’s (HBP), but not related. Eligibility for the HBTC

does not affect participation in the HBP. You can therefore make concurrent

requests for the two programs.

Exception: disabled person

Individuals with disabilities benefit from a wider application of the HBTC.

In the case where the buyer suffers from disabilities or if he acquires a property

for a disabled loved one, the housing unit does not have to be his first purchase.

However, the acquisition must be made to allow the person eligible for the disability

allotment to live in a home that is more accessible or better suited to their needs.

For the purposes of the home buyers’ credit, a person with a disability is an

individual who is eligible to claim a disability allotment for the year in which

the home is acquired, or would be eligible to claim a disability allotment, if we

ignore that costs for attendant care or care in a nursing home were claimed as

medical expenses on lines 330 or 331.

For more information, go to or call 1-800-959-8281

Completing your tax return

Enter $5,000 on line 369 of your Schedule 1, Federal Tax.The claim can be split

between you and your spouse or common-law partner, but the combined total cannot

exceed $5,000.

When more than one individual is entitled to the amount (for example, when two

people jointly buy a home), the total of all amounts claimed cannot exceed $5,000.

Supporting documents – whether you are filing a paper or electronic return, do

not include the supporting documents for your purchase transaction, but keep  them

in case the Canada Revenue

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