You can make a single withdrawal or multiple withdrawals from your RRSPs, but the key is they must all take place in the same calendar year. You can also withdraw from multiple RRSPs if you have more than one, as long as the total withdrawals do not exceed $35,000 per person. And you must move into the home within a year of buying or building it.
You can even contribute to your RRSP as little as 90 days before the withdrawal and still claim a deduction for the contribution on your tax return. HBP withdrawals are tax-free, and repayments begin the second year after the year of withdrawal. So, if you take your HBP withdrawal in 2022, you must begin making repayments no later than the 2024 tax year.
Keep in mind contributions made during the first 60 days of the calendar year can be claimed on your previous year’s tax return. So, for a 2022 withdrawal, you have until March 1, 2025 to make a repayment. The minimum repayment is one-fifteenth of the cumulative HBP withdrawals. So, if you took $15,000, the minimum repayment would be $1,000 per year for 15 years. A maximum $35,000 withdrawal would have a required repayment of $2,333.33.
If you repay less than the minimum in a given year, the difference is added to your tax return as income. Keep in mind you lose the ability to recontribute this amount to your RRSP forever.
As a first-time home buyer, if you contribute more than the minimum to your RRSP in a given year, you can treat it as an additional repayment of your HBP balance. It would reduce your required repayments in subsequent years.
So, if you repaid $5,000 of a $15,000 balance in the first repayment year, your repayments in the next 14 years would be $10,000 divided by 14, or $714.28. It is usually better to treat any extra contributions as non-HBP repayments, or just regular RRSP contributions, and to claim them as deductions to generate tax refunds. This is because HBP repayments do not generate tax deductions—they just help you avoid the income inclusion that would apply if you do not contribute the minimum.
You and your common-law partner may also both qualify for the principal residence exemption, so that any growth in the value of the property from when you purchase it to when you sell it is tax-free.
The fact that your father is a co-owner will not impact your ability to claim the principal residence exemption for your share, Irene, though your father may have to pay tax on his share of any appreciation when you decide to sell the home or buy out his share.
Can you expand on the ‘principal residence exemption’.
My daughter bought her new house about 15 years ago-Ontario. Is this exemption available to her?
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Many potential buyers feel that the “Big Banks” are the only ones that they can trust to get a mortgage from because of the many misconceptions out in the marketplace.
Banks like Scotia and TD offer mortgages through their branches or the mortgage broker channel. The mortgage agent can sometimes get you a rate lower than you could get in a branch. The branch person will probably try to upsell you with credit cards or investment vehicles. A mortgage agent will not try to upsell you with other products.
Consumers have to be forewarned the 2 big banks mentioned here offer collateral mortgages. They have their benefits but if you try to refinance during the term with a different lender you may be facing a huge penalty to break the mortgage early. If you try to switch to another lender at renewal, you may have to pay legal fees as at this time most other lenders treat it as a refinance.
The other big banks, known as monolines, do not have brick and mortar buildings which saves them money and allows them to offer lower rates. There are no hidden fees or costs. Appraisal fees are determined by the appraisal company not the lender.
With these lenders, the prepayment privileges are usually between 10% to 20% annually. The termination fees are standard – variables are 3 month’s interest and for fixed rates it will be the greater of 3 month’s interest or the Interest Rate Differential. There are a couple of lenders that offer no-frill mortgages so the rate is the lowest there is. However there may be restrictions such as the mortgage cannot be broken during term unless the home is sold or it is refinanced with the current lender.
If and when Irene looks for a mortgage, she should educate yourself as best as possible and check out the different rates available. A mortgage agent may have access to 30 different lenders so they can discuss all the above points with her. Don’t try 3 or 4 different agents as the answer will most likely be the same.