RRSP First Time Home Buyers Plan

RRSP First Time Home Buyers Plan


Available only to first time home buyers defined as those who have not owned a home and lived in it as a principal residence in any of the 5 preceding calendar years. Further:

  • Individuals can only participate in the Plan once.
  • Maximum withdrawal amount is $25,000
  • If your spouse is also eligible you can each withdraw $25,000 for a total of $50,000
  • The money you take out of your RRSP must have been deposited at least 90 days prior to the withdrawal

Eligible Homes for this Plan

  • Any existing or new home located in Canada.
  • Can be detached, semi-detached, townhouse, condominium, mobile home, or co-op
  • Must be occupied as principal residence within one year after buying or building the home

Benefit

  • Allows you to purchase a home with money “borrowed” from your RRSP
  • There is no withholding tax on the withdrawn amount and no tax liability when you repay the money to your RRSP over a period of not more than 15 years.
  • The repayment begins the second calendar year following the year in which the withdrawal is made.

Example

  • June 2010 withdraw $15,000 from RRSP to purchase a home
  • No repayment to RRSP in 2011
  • 2012 repayment is $1,000 ($15,000-15 years)
  • Payment is due by December 31, 2012
  • If you repay only $700 in 2012 you must report the $300 shortfall as income for 2010
  • Year 2013 payment will be another $1,000