Repaying your RRSP used for your Down Payment

When you make a withdrawal from your RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) under the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) as a first-time homebuyer in Canada, there are specific rules and timelines for repaying the amount withdrawn. Here’s an outline of how repayment works:

Repayment Period

The repayment period for funds withdrawn under the HBP is 15 years. This period begins the second year after the year in which you made your withdrawal.

Minimum Annual Repayment

Each year, you must repay 1/15th of the total amount you withdrew. If you withdrew $15,000, your minimum annual repayment would be $1,000.

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Making a Repayment

  • To make a repayment, you contribute to your RRSP, PRPP (Pooled Registered Pension Plan), or SPP (Specified Pension Plan).
  • When filing your tax return, you must designate the amount of your RRSP contribution as an HBP repayment. If you don’t, it will be counted as a regular RRSP contribution.

No Repayment in a Year

  • If you don’t repay the minimum amount in a year, that amount is added to your taxable income for the year.
  • The remaining balance is then adjusted accordingly, and the annual repayment amount is recalculated for the remaining period.

Repaying More than the Minimum

  • You can repay more than the minimum amount in any given year.
  • This reduces the outstanding balance and may decrease your future annual minimum repayments.

Repayment Completion

  • Once you have repaid the entire amount, you need to report this on your tax return.
  • There is no penalty for repaying the full amount early.

Special Circumstances

  • In cases of death, emigration from Canada, or in situations where the RRSP holder becomes a non-resident, different repayment rules apply.
  • Consult with a tax professional or the Canada Revenue Agency for guidance in these situations.

Tracking Your Repayment:

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tracks your repayments and outstanding balance.
  • You will receive an HBP statement of account with your Notice of Assessment each year, which details your repayment progress.

For the most accurate and detailed information, it’s advisable to consult the official resources provided by the Canada Revenue Agency or seek guidance from a financial advisor. The CRA website and their publications on the Home Buyers’ Plan offer comprehensive and updated information on this topic.