Q. I would like to get some renovations done on my home: Re-shingling roof, new flooring, washer and dryer, new fence, snow re­mov­al, pool mainte­nance, window coverings, and painting. I don’t want to spend several thousand dollars and discover it does not qualify for the tax credit. Please com­ment. — Eddie

A. Homeowners must see if the job qualifies for the Home Ren­o­­va­tion Tax Credit.

What: A home used as a principal residence would be eligible for the HRTC.

When: Expenditures incurred between Jan. 29, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2010.

How much: Expenditures must be between $1,000 and $10,000 for a maximum tax credit of $1,350. The credit reduces tax payable and will not result in a tax refund. Claim on 2009 tax filing.

Which: Expenses incur­red qualify, provided the job is of an enduring nature that becomes a permanent part of the home.

Eligible expenses: Re-shingling, flooring, fence, window covering and painting.

Not eligible: Washer and dryer, snow removal and pool maintenance.

– Henry Choo Chong, CGA, can be reached at choochonghcga@yahoo.ca.

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