Anyone who is looking to buy their first home needs to know about this account.
In addition to the RRSP Home Buyers Plan (HBP), both accounts can provide up to $75,000 of tax-free room (and up to $150,000 for couples) to save for a down payment!
▪️You must be a first-time home buyer, at least 18 years old and can’t have owned a home in the past 4 years.
▪️You can contribute $8000 dollars a year to a lifetime limit if $40,000 for individuals or $80,000 for spouses.
▪️If you can’t contribute, you can carry forward a maximum $8000 to future years if you have opened the FHSA account.
▪️Over contributions will be taxed at 1 percent every month.
▪️Contributions to the FHSA will be tax deductible against your income (like an RRSP). You can carry forward your deduction indefinitely to a future tax year.
▪️ The account works like a TFSA, your investment gains are tax-free and when your investments (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, GICs) grow you can take out more for your first home purchase.
▪️You must reside in Canada when making the withdrawal.
▪️ Use the home as your primary residence for a valid withdrawal.
▪️ You must have a written agreement to buy or build a home in Canada by October first the year following the withdrawal.
▪️Once withdrawn, the funds can be used for a down payment, closing costs or even home expenses such as furniture.
▪️ If you withdraw funds for non-qualifying reasons, withholding tax will apply treating gains like taxable income.
▪️If funds are not being used, you can transfer funds for FHSA to an RRSP or a RRIF on a tax-free basis. These transfers will not reduce or limit an individual’s contribution room. Also, these transfers will not reinstate an individual’s lifetime contribution room.
▪️ FSHA account will close at 71 years of age or 15 years after opening and funds will be moved to RRSP or RRIF.
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