The Tax-Free First Home Savings Account (“FHSA”) explainedSynergy Mortgage
|[Invis – May 5, 2022]
If you or someone you know is saving for a downpayment on their first home, the Federal government announced a new program aimed at first-time buyers in their recent budget. The First Home Savings Account combines the features of an RRSP and TFSA to give prospective homeowners some tax relief and a boost toward their homeownership goals.
Here are the highlights:
|For those who are in the saving stage of their homebuying journey, there is no downside to the FHSA as a savings vehicle. You’ll get the tax deduction on contributions, like an RRSP, and the tax-free growth and withdrawal of funds when it’s time to purchase a home. If the home purchase doesn’t materialize, funds can be transferred to an RRSP or RRIF tax-free and added to a retirement nest egg.
The FHSA does not replace the existing RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan but provides another tax-advantaged home-savings opportunity for Canadians buying their first home. The two programs cannot be used in tandem. Unlike the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan, however, the FHSA does not require that funds withdrawn from the account be repaid.
The First Home Savings Account is expected to be up and running sometime in 2023. There are numerous eligibility requirements, and rules and conditions and we would be happy to explain the details to you – if this is something you think you or if you have adult children (19 years old and up) would like to take advantage of.