The Ontario HST rebate for new homes is available to anyone in the province who purchases a new home or condo from a builder, or who hires a builder to construct a new house. When purchasing a new home or condo to live in, or for a family member to live in, the Ontario HST rebate is frequently assigned to the vendor upon closing who consequently lowers the purchase price by the rebate amount. This allows the home builder or condo developer to effectively advertise a lower “sticker price”, increasing sales, and enables a buyer to qualify more easily for a mortgage large enough to afford the property.
What is the Maximum New Housing HST Rebate Possible?
As of summer 2010, new home buyers in Ontario are charged 13% HST on their purchase, which consists of a 5% federal tax and 8% provincial tax. The new house HST rebate in Ontario essentially kicks back 75% of the Ontario portion of the HST, up to a new home purchase amount of $400,000. This results in a maximum rebate at a provincial level of $24,000 ($400,000 x 0.08 x 0.75). It is also possible to obtain a federal rebate of up to $6,000. In other provinces, the new home rebate is clawed-back for any house purchase over $450,000.