Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

2012-07-15 16:46:05

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Relax in a comfortable bath designed to provide years of independence, convenience, and safety. The lightweight side wall of the Kohler Elevance bath can be easily raised after you are comfortable in the chair-height seat

Relax in a comfortable bath designed to provide years of independence, convenience, and safety. The lightweight side wall of the Kohler Elevance bath can be easily raised after you are comfortable in the chair-height seat

The Town and Country vanity from Fairmont enables the user to roll a wheelchair up to the counter, and provides easy access to the cabinets.

The Town and Country vanity from Fairmont enables the user to roll a wheelchair up to the counter, and provides easy access to the cabinets.

The electronic Helix faucet by Toto turns on and off via motion sensors.

The electronic Helix faucet by Toto turns on and off via motion sensors.

The Margaux grab bar provides  support where you need it, and looks as stylish as any decorative towel bar.

The Margaux grab bar provides support where you need it, and looks as stylish as any decorative towel bar.

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

With a goal to remain in their own homes as long as possible, savvy seniors and smart baby boomers are remodeling their baths to support “aging in place” well into their advanced years. It’s part of a concept called universal design, which advocates creating living spaces that accommodate people regardless of their age or physical abilities.

"Active older adults are beginning to decide to stay in their homes for the long term," says Susan Duncan, RN, president of The ABCs of Accessibility Inc., an interior design firm specializing in universal design. "They're looking ahead, and planting the seeds, to figure out how to stay at home."

The last thing health-conscious active adults want are bathrooms that suggest old age or that look remotely institutional. Fortunately, there are features that can help you stay comfortable while enhancing your bathroom's beauty and elegance.

The proposed Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a new permanent, refundable Personal Income Tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home.

The credit would be worth up to $1,500 each year, calculated as 15 per cent of up to $10,000 in eligible home renovation expenses that would help seniors stay safely in their homes. It can be claimed by senior homeowners, and people who share a home with a senior relative.

Amounts claimed by couples would be subject to a combined maximum of $10,000 in eligible expenses per year. The $10,000 limit would also apply to claims by different people in respect of the same shared home in a year.

Couples who live in separate homes because of medical necessity or because of a breakdown in their marriage or common-law relationship could each claim up to $10,000 of expenses.

Eligible Expenses

A number of expenses are eligible for credit. Some examples include:

  • certain renovations to permit a first-floor occupancy or secondary suite for a senior
  • grab bars and related reinforcements around the toilet, tub and shower
  • hand rails in corridors
  • wheelchair ramps, stair/wheelchair lifts and elevators
  • walk-in bathtubs
  • wheel-in showers
  • widening passage doors
  • lowering existing counters/cupboards
  • installing adjustable counters/cupboards
  • light switches and electrical outlets placed in accessible locations
  • door locks that are easy to operate
  • lever handles on doors and taps, instead of knobs
  • pull-out shelves under counter to enable work from a seated position
  • non-slip flooring in the bathroom
  • a hand-held shower on an adjustable rod or high-low mounting brackets
  • additional light fixtures throughout the home and exterior entrances
  • swing clear hinges on doors to widen doorways
  • creation of knee space under the basin to enable use from a seated position (and insulation of any hot-water pipes)
  • relocation of tap to front or side for easier access
  • hands-free taps
  • motion-activated lighting
  • touch-and-release drawers and cupboards

*The items in bold are eligible expenses we are able to help you with.

Non-Eligible Expenses

Expenses would not be eligible if their primary purpose were to increase the value of the home. Some Devices and Services are not eligible as well. Examples of non-eligible expenses are listed here: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/hhrtc/index.html

Who is Eligible?

You would be eligible if you are a:

  • senior (65 years of age or older by the end of the taxation year for which the credit is claimed) who owns or rents your home, or
  • a son, daughter or other family member living with an elderly relative.

A landlord renting a home to a senior would not be eligible for the credit.

Learn More

For information about the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit call

1 800 337-7222

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