It’s Not Too Late For The Home Renovation Tax Credit

by Pam on January 8, 2010

The Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) is a temporary program designed by the Canadian government to stimulate economic growth and help Canadians with home improvements.

The HRTC allows you to claim expenses incurred for home improvements dated after January 27, 2009, and before February 1. 2010.  You can file the HRTC on your 2009 tax return.  Keep your receipts and labour contracts filed away safely in case CRA needs to see them in the future.

The HRTC can help you to save up to $1350.00 on home improvements purchased before February 1, 2010.  You still have a few weeks to buy your materials if you are planning a home improvement project for 2010 and you want to take advantage of the tax credit. Although you won’t be able to claim labor costs after February 1st, you will at least get the tax credit for a percentage of the cost of your materials.  The nice thing is that you don’t have to have your renovations completed by February 1st, you just have to buy the materials before then.

Eligible expenses include kitchen, bathroom, or basement renovations, new windows, doors, or flooring, building an addition, garage, deck, shed, or fence, getting a new furnace, fireplace or water softener.  You can also claim landscaping expenses such as new sod, trees, and perennials.  Essentially, if it’s a permanent or long-lasting improvement, it is likely going to be eligible.

Examples of ineligible expenses include furniture, appliances, tools, routine repairs, lawn care, etc.

For more detailed information on how to take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit, you can call 1-877-959-1CRA or click on this link.

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Baby Coupon Mom April 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

Great information.
Do you have any information on a home renovation tax credit in US as well?

Pam April 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Unfortunately I don’t know anything about the US home renovation tax credit. From the little I found online about it, it looks like it was in effect in 2009.

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