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FHSA Canada Alert: Tax Refund Delays Loom for Those Who Opened Accounts Last Year


Delays in FHSA Tax Returns Reported

FHSA Canada Alert: Tax Refund Delays Loom for Those Who Opened Accounts Last Year. (PHOTO: Saanich News)

Impact of FHSA on Homebuyers’ Finances

A government spokesman told Global News that some people who started First Home Savings Accounts (FHSAs) in 2023 have experienced delays in filing their tax returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), according to Microsoft Start. These experiences were corroborated by reports on Reddit, where people reported waiting three weeks or longer to receive notices of assessment from the CRA. When used as a down payment for a home, donations to the FHSA Canada are tax deductible, and withdrawals are tax-free. This new registered savings vehicle has major financial consequences for home buyers.

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Resolution of Processing Delays for FHSA Canada Tax Returns

Marianne Dandurand, the director of communications for Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau responsible for the CRA confirmed the processing delay related to FHSA Canada tax returns but assured that the issues have been resolved. She noted that the CRA swiftly identified and addressed the problem ensuring that Canadians with an FHSA Canada can expect normal processing times shortly. Following the initial publication of the news Reddit users reported improvements, indicating that their notices of assessment were starting to flow in. Despite the aim of the CRA to issue notices of assessment within two weeks of filing, delays may occur particularly for returns reporting FHSA Canada information. The FHSA Canada, originally slated for launch on April 1, 2023 experienced delays in availability from financial institutions. However, as of the beginning of 2024, over 500,000 Canadians had opened an FHSA Canada as reported by Finance Canada. The ongoing challenges with processing tax returns underscore the complexities involved in implementing new financial initiatives and the importance of timely resolution for affected taxpayers.

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