For many Canadians, owning a home is a significant life goal, a symbol of financial security, and a long-term investment. To make homeownership more accessible, the Canadian government introduced the First-Time Home Buyers’ Savings Account (FHSA). This financial tool allows prospective first-time homebuyers to save up to $40,000 tax-free, making it an attractive option for those looking to step onto the property ladder.
To take advantage of an FHSA, you must meet certain eligibility criteria:
It’s important to note that the ownership status of your spouse is considered only if they are still your spouse when the FHSA is opened.
Understanding the contribution limits is crucial when utilizing an FHSA. Here’s what you need to know:
Unlike Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), contributions made within the first 60 days of a calendar year cannot be attributed to the previous tax year.
You have the option to hold more than one FHSA, but the total contributions across all your FHSAs cannot exceed your annual and lifetime limits.
Similar to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and RRSPs, there’s a tax on overcontributions to an FHSA. This tax applies at a rate of 1% to the highest amount of the excess in any given month.
If you find yourself in a situation of over-contribution, there are ways to address it:
Lastly, like RRSPs, you have the flexibility to contribute but defer the deduction until a later year. This allows you to strategically manage your tax planning.
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