Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

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The Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities assists eligible individuals 65 and over and persons with disabilities with the cost of certain permanent home renovations to improve accessibility or be more functional or mobile at home.

The program for seniors (and family members living with seniors) started April 1, 2012. Effective February 17, 2016 the program was extended to persons with disabilities (and family members living with those individuals) and renamed the Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

You’re eligible to claim the credit for the year if on the last day of the tax year you’re: 

  • a resident of B.C., and
  • a senior or a family member living with a senior, or
  • a person with a disability or a family member living with a person with a disability (for 2016 and later tax years).

If you qualify for the disability tax credit, you're eligible for this credit.  If you don't qualify for the disability tax credit because you pay for an attendant or care in a nursing home, you may still be eligible.

For seniors and family members living with seniors, your renovation expenses must happen on or after April 1, 2012. Expenses made or incurred under an agreement entered into before this date don't qualify.

For persons with disabilities and family members living with them, renovation expenses must happen on or after February 17, 2016. Expenses made or incurred under an agreement entered into before this date don't qualify.

Note: An eligible expense is deemed to have been paid on the earlier of the date on which the expense was paid or the date it becomes payable.

The credit can be shared between eligible residents of the home to a maximum amount of the credit. The maximum amount of the credit is $1,000 per tax year and is calculated as 10% of the qualifying renovation expense (maximum $10,000 in expenses). The credit is a refundable tax credit, which means if the credit is higher than the taxes you owe, you’ll receive the difference as a refund.

For more information about this tax credit including what improvements qualify and how to claim the credit, visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/income-taxes/personal/credits/seniors-renovation.

If you have questions about this tax credit, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281.


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