These rebates only apply to buyers who are purchasing a new house from a builder who has agreed to sell the house to the purchaser with the tax rebate included.
If you bought a new home from a builder in Ontario, you might be entitled to claim an HST rebate!
Most home builders include this rebate in the purchase price and have you assign the balance back to her/him at the closing of your home.
Are You Eligible?
It Works Like This:
Your rebate is made up of two parts:
- If you bought or significantly renovated a home or a condo in Canada, you may be entitled to claim a new housing rebate in respect of the GST, or the federal part of the HST.
- New home buyers in Ontario may also be qualified to claim an Ontario new housing rebate in respect of the provincial part of the HST paid.
The buyer and the builder may agree to have the builder pay or credit both the amount of the GST/HST new housing rebate and the Ontario new housing rebate to the buyer.
In that case, the buyer does not have to submit an application directly to Canada Revenue Agency. She or he will sign the rebate application and give it to the builder. The builder will then send the rebate application to the CRA and claim a deduction in its net tax calculation for the amount of the rebate.
You will require to following to start filing for your rebate:
1. A copy of your agreement of purchase and sale.
2. A copy of your lease agreement.
3. A copy of the statement of adjustment provided to you by your lawyer on closing.
Now, The Bad News:
Rebate is only available to your principal place of residence. This means a home that you own, jointly or otherwise, that you intend to live in on a permanent basis. To be eligible, the intent to use the home as the primary place of residence must be evident at the outset of buying the home. An investment property, a recreational cottage, or property you might retire to in the remote future are not eligible.
Investment property owners should be aware that for you to keep the HST rebate, you must have rented out the property for at least a year. This does not mean from occupancy this means from closing.
Guides, Forms, and Applications From Canada Revenue Agency
How to apply for the Ontario new housing rebate
The purchaser would apply for the Ontario new housing rebate by completing a provincial rebate schedule, RC7190-ON, GST190 Ontario Rebate Schedule that will form part of the GST/HST new housing rebate application, Form GST190, GST/HST New Housing Rebate Application for Houses Purchased from a Builder.
These forms can be used for all of the different types of rebates explained in this article. The buyers must complete both forms to apply for the rebate, even if the buyers are only entitled to claim the Ontario new housing rebate. Line by line instructions for completing these forms will be included in Guide RC4028.
The GST 190 Ontario Rebate Schedule and a revised GST/HST new housing rebate application is available on the CRA Web site. The rebate application and the rebate schedule will also be available in Guide RC4028.
All forms necessary to claim a GST/HST new housing rebate are available on the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/gsthstpub.
Be sure to get a copy of the booklet RC4028, GST/HST New Housing Rebate, available on the taxman’s website at cra.gc.ca and which includes provincial forms and instruction.
You’ll need to file the applicable forms to claim the rebate: Form GST191-WS, Construction Summary Worksheet, and Form GST191, GST/HST New Housing Rebate Application for Owner-Built Houses or Form GST190, GST/HST New Housing Rebate Application for Houses Purchased from a Builder.
All owners of a property must be individuals to qualify for the rebate (no owner can be a partnership or corporation). As for deadlines, you can file for the rebate generally within two years following the substantial completion of the building or renovation of your house. Finally, if you bought or built a home or other building to rent out to individuals as a place of residence, you may be entitled to a rebate as well (see Guide RC4231 on CRA’s website).