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How to Claim the GST/HST New Housing Rebate

How to Claim the GST/HST New Housing Rebate


In Ontario, it’s possible to claim the GST/HST new housing rebate when purchasing a new home or condominium from a builder. This new housing rebate is also available when hiring a builder to construct a new home.

Like many government-supported incentives, the new housing rebate can get confusing and complicated when trying to accommodate all of the rules and regulations. There are a good number of pre-requisites to be addressed.

Ontario’s new housing rebates require specific eligibility requirements in order to qualify:

  • you must be purchasing a newly built home or a newly built condo
  • you must hire a builder to build (or substantially renovate) a home
  • you must undertake a major addition or renovation to a home (or rebuild a home)
  • you must alter a non-residential building into a residential building

With all of the paperwork and supporting documentation, it’s often preferable to work with an expert rebate professional in order to claim the GST/HST new home rebate from CRA.

Some guidelines when you claim the GST/HST new housing rebate

Claim the GST/HST new housing rebate for Canadian cash

Ontario’s new housing rebate is designed for property owners who will reside in the home or condo. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, the term “residing” refers to a property owner who is a principal resident for a minimum of one year after construction/purchase.

The application guidelines for a new housing rebate are important. A property owner who doesn’t comply with the guidelines could face legal repercussions once CRA has reviewed the file. Even inaccurate personal documents could compromise the application process.

Submitting all the required paperwork and supporting documents

When you claim the GST/HST new home rebate, it’s essential to submit paperwork and documents properly, and within the specified deadline. The deadline to submit all the required paperwork is 2 years from the date of possession of a newly built home or 2 years from completion date of major renovation project. Because the process is bureaucratic, it’s often better to work with a rebate specialist who has experience dealing with CRA. In Ontario, the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is a combination of 8% Ontario Sales Tax (PST) and 5% Federal Tax (GST). In a real estate transaction, the new housing rebate can be very substantial – an amount that can make for a significant rebate for homeowners.

Applying for a housing rebate for your new home or condominium

When you work with a rebate specialist to claim the GST/HST new housing rebate, you’re assured of the highest possible rebate. At REBATE4U, our in house specialists can help you to understand the ins and outs of rebates, and how best to submit the proper application.

With REBATE4U, you’re assured of an application process that is streamlined from start to finish. All of the paperwork is assembled and prepared as required by CRA, and everything is submitted within the deadline. There is nothing that would compromise the submission.

At REBATE4U, our team of tax professionals has extensive experience working with Canada Revenue Agency. We provide you with professional service from the moment we undertake your rebate application. Our objective is to provide 100% satisfaction. Find out more by contacting REBATE4U at 1-800-610-4510 or visit our website at www.rebate4u.ca .

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