As a Québec resident, if you paid for recognized work on your principal residence’s residential waste water treatment systems, you can claim this refundable tax credit.
Note: Recognized work is work related to the construction, renovation, modification, rebuilding, relocation or enlargement of a system for the discharge, collection, and disposal of waste water, toilet effluents, or grey water, of an eligible residence.
You can claim this credit for 2018 if:
- You were a resident of Québec of December 31, 2018
- Your home (your principal residence or a cottage that’s suitable for year-round occupancy and is normally occupied by you) is in Québec and its construction was completed by January 1, 2017
- As an owner or co-owner of your home, you paid for work done to upgrade its residential waste water treatment system after March 31, 2017 and before April 1, 2022
- The recognized work was done by qualified contractor under a contract entered into after March 31, 2017 and they completed and signed a Certificate of Compliance with Residential Waste Water Treatment Standards (TP-1029.AE.A-V)
Important: The TP-1029.AE.A-V certifies that the goods and services used in the work on the residential waste water treatment systems meet, where required, with the standards set out in the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings. If your contractor hasn’t provided you this certificate, you won’t be able to claim this tax credit. You can send a request to Revenu Québec to adjust your tax return for the year once you get the certificate from your contractor. Be sure to keep a copy of this certificate for your records in case the Revenu Québec asks to see it later.
Yes. If you own a condo and you’re claiming this credit for expenses paid by the syndicate of co-owners, you can only claim the part of the expenses related to your condo unit. The syndicate of co-owners must have given you a completed copy of form TP-1029.AE.D-V that describes the work done and shows your unit’s share of expenses. Refer to Revenu Québec’s website for more information.
How much can I claim?
You can claim 20% of your qualified expenses over $2,500. The maximum tax credit you can claim is $5,500 per eligible dwelling for expenses you’ve paid after March 31, 2017 and before April 1, 2022.
Tax tip: If you paid for qualified expenses in 2017 and 2018, and already reduced your 2017 expenses by $2,500, you won’t have to do that again this year. If, however, you paid $1,500 for expenses in 2017 and $2,000 in 2018, you’ll only be able to claim $1,000 on your 2018 tax return ($3,500 - $2,500 =$1,000).
If you co-own your home (with a spouse or common-law partner or another family member), you can split the tax credit with the other co-owners, as long as it doesn’t exceed the maximum tax credit amount. Each co-owner will need to complete the TP-1029.AE-V form in their 2018 tax return.
What expenses qualify for recognized upgrade work?
You can claim qualified expenses such as:
- the cost of permits (and any studies needed to obtain these permits) required to do the work
- the cost (including taxes) of any goods that:
- were used in carrying out the work
- were supplied by the contractor or purchased, after March 31, 2017, from a supplier registered for the QST
- the cost (including taxes) of the services provided by the contractor in carrying out the work
- the cost of any necessary cleanup
The following expenses don’t qualify:
- expenses related to a part of the home that is used to earn business or rental income
- expenses paid to finance the cost of recognized work
- expenses related to goods or services supplied by a person who was not dealing at arm’s length with you or one of the other owners of the dwelling, unless the person is registered for the QST
Where can I claim this?
Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:
Before you begin, make sure that you told us that you lived in Québec on December 31, 2018.
- On the PREPARE tab, click the OTHER icon. You’ll find yourself here:
- Under the SPECIFIC CREDITS FOR YOUR PROVINCE heading, select the checkbox labelled Tax credit for the upgrading of residential waste water treatment systems (TP-1029.AE-V), then click Continue.
- When you arrive at the TP-1029.AE-V page, enter your information into the tax software.
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Information about your home
- What year was this home built? - If your home was built over several years, enter the year the construction was completed. Remember, in order to qualify for this credit, your home’s construction must have been completed by January 1, 2017.
- What type of home is it? – In order to be eligible, your home must be an isolated dwelling (single or multi-family dwelling with 6 bedrooms or less) and be:
- your principal place of residence
- a cottage* that is suitable for year-round occupancy and is normally occupied by you
*If you own a cottage, be sure to indicate whether it was a single dwelling or multiple dwelling.
Information about the contractor(s) and the business(es) you bought supplies from
- Total amount of eligible expenses (including tax) – Enter the total amount of eligible expenses you paid to upgrade the wastewater treatment system. Don’t include the cost you paid for any permits or studies done to obtain these permits. You’ll enter these costs in another section on the page.
If you’re a condo owner or own and live in an immovable building with more than one dwelling, refer to Revenu Québec’s website for information on how to calculate your share of the expenses.
- Amount paid after March 31, 2017 – In order to qualify for this tax credit, the work must have been done under a contract entered into after March 31, 2017 between a contractor and:
- Your spouse or common-law partner or
- Any other co-owner
Note: If you’re the owner of a condo, the contract must have been entered into by the building’s syndicate of co-owners.
As a condo owner or the owner of an immovable building, refer to Revenu Québec’s website for information on how to calculate your share of the expenses.
If you needed permits for the upgrades, what's the total amount you paid? – Include in this field the cost of obtaining the permits needed to do the renovation work and amounts paid for any studies required to obtain these permits.
As a condo owner or the owner of an immovable building, refer to Revenu Québec’s website for information on how to calculate your share of the permit costs.
Note: If you claimed this credit in 2017 for the same home, cottage, or condo, you'll need your 2017 TP-1029.AE-V form on hand to complete this section.
- How much financial assistance (government assistance, refunds, reimbursements, etc.) did you receive (or expect to receive) for the upgrades in 2018? – Enter in this field the amount over $2,500 of all government or non-government assistance, refunds, reimbursements or any other form of assistance you received or are will receive for the recognized work done.
- How much space does your condo occupy in the building? (enter a percentage) - You can find this percentage on line 121 of the TP-1029.AE.D-V form provided by the condo’s syndicate of co-owners.
- How much space do you personally occupy in the building? (enter a percentage) – If you’re the owner of an immovable building with more than one dwelling and you live in it, you can calculate this percentage by, dividing the total area of your space by the total habitable area of the immovable, then multiply the result by 100.
- How much are your co-owners claiming for this credit this year? - If you co-own your home, enter the amount of the tax credit the other co-owner is claiming on his/her return. This amount is shown on line 462 of the co-owner's 2018 Québec return. If the co-owner is your spouse, you’ll be able to download their PDF tax return on the Tax Summary page under the SUMMARY icon of the WRAP-UP.