The Home Buyers’ Amount: Easing the Path to Your First Home

Purchasing your first home is a monumental milestone, but it can also come with its share of financial stress. Fortunately, the Canadian government offers the Home Buyers’ Amount (HBA), a tax credit designed to assist first-time homebuyers in managing some of the costs associated with purchasing a new home. Here’s how you can take advantage of this beneficial tax credit.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the HBA, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You or your spouse/common-law partner must have purchased a qualifying home in Canada.
  • Neither you nor your spouse/common-law partner can have lived in another home owned by either of you in the year of purchase or any of the four preceding years.

Qualifying Homes:

A qualifying home includes existing homes and homes under construction, encompassing:

  • Single-family houses
  • Semi-detached houses
  • Townhouses
  • Mobile homes
  • Condominium units
  • Apartments in duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, or apartment buildings

How to Claim:

The Home Buyers’ Amount allows you to claim a $5,000 non-refundable tax credit on Line 31270 of your T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return, which can result in up to $750 in federal tax relief.

Claiming the Credit:

  • Ensure Eligibility: Confirm that both you and the home you’ve purchased meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Complete Your Tax Return: Enter $5,000 on Line 31270 of your T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return for the year you purchased the home.
  • Calculate Your Benefit: The credit is calculated at the lowest federal tax rate (15% as of the last update), giving you a maximum credit of $750.


While you do not need to submit any documents when you file your tax return, it’s crucial to keep all related paperwork, such as your purchase agreement and closing documents, in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requests them.

Additional Considerations:

  • If you’re also eligible for the GST/HST new housing rebate, you may apply for that in addition to the Home Buyers’ Amount.
  • The HBA is available for both existing homes and those being constructed, as long as they are located in Canada.


The Home Buyers’ Amount is a valuable tax credit for first-time homebuyers, offering some financial relief during a period that can be financially challenging. By understanding how to claim this credit and ensuring you meet the eligibility criteria, you can ease the transition into your new home while enjoying a bit of tax savings. For more detailed information, visit the CRA website or consult with a tax professional.

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