Connect Wealth | 13-2970 King George Blvd. | South Surrey, BC V4P 0E6, Canada
Phone: 604.542.4298 | Toll Free: 877.542.4298 | Fax: 604.542.4289
The federal budget released April 2022 is an interesting budget. Many things happened we didn’t see coming and some expected things didn’t. This update will focus only on the main points I think will be of most interest to our clients.
First Home Savings Accounts (FHSA)
The biggest news is the introduction of the FHSA – First Home Savings Account. The goal – to provide a more tax efficient savings vehicle for first time home buyers.
How it works:
First Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit
The budget proposes to increase this tax credit to $1,500 from the current $750.
Residential Property Flipping Rule
A residential property sold within 12 months of purchase (whether a principal residence or a rental property) will be fully taxable as business income. There are some exclusions to this rule. They are: death, separation, household addition – relative, employment change, insolvency, involuntary disposition, disability, employment change, threat to personal safety.
Ban on Foreign Ownership
In addition to the residential flipping rule, the government also proposed a ban for 2 years on foreign ownership of residential real estate in Canada. The purpose of this is to increase the housing supply for Canadians.
Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit
If you plan to purchase a home with an ageing parent or are looking to purchase a home with your kids, there may be some tax incentives which apply to these situations. Reach out to your advisor to see if the rules apply to you.
Other Items of Note
There were several other items of note that I will not expand on here but some of them are:
What Didn’t Change
Things we didn’t see that many thought we would see:
There was much more in the budget than what we’ve listed here but these are the highlights we felt impacted our clients the most. Feel free to reach out to your Financial Advisor at Connect Wealth if you have any questions on how the new federal budget may impact your specific situation.