Important: The RénoVert tax credit has been extended to April 1, 2019 for all recognized work other than the construction, renovation, modification or rebuilding of a system for the discharge, collection and disposal of waste water, toilet effluents, or grey water in accordance with the requirements set out in the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings.
The RénoVert tax credit lets you invest in recognized eco-friendly home renovation work that has a positive environmental impact or improves your home’s energy efficiency. With this tax credit, you can claim an amount equal to 20% of the eligible expenses you paid that exceeds $2,500, up to a maximum tax credit of $10,000 per home.
Note: The maximum credit amount is combined for the 2016 to 2019 tax years. So, if you claimed an amount in 2016 and 2017, you will have to deduct that amount from the maximum amount, to determine how much you have left to claim for the 2018 tax year.
You can claim this credit for 2018 if:
- You were a resident of Québec on December 31, 2018
- You paid for recognized eco-friendly home renovations for your home (your principal residence or a winterized cottage) between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018
- The renovation work was done by a qualified contractor under a contract entered into after March 17, 2016 and they signed a Certificate of Compliance With Energy and Environmental Standards (form TP-1029.RV.A-V) and
- The initial construction of your home was completed before January 1, 2016, and your home is one of the following:
- a single-family home such as a detached, semi-detached, or a row house
- a permanently installed prefabricated house or mobile home (one that is set on permanent foundations, permanently connected to an electrical distribution system, and served by a waterworks and sewer system, by an artesian well and a septic tank, or a combination of these)
- an apartment in a condominium building
- a dwelling in a residential duplex or triplex
- a winterized cottage that you normally occupy
Note: A garage might also be eligible, provided it shares all or part of one wall with the home or if its roof is connected to the home.
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.
What expenses qualify for recognized eco-friendly home renovation work?
You can claim eligible expenses that are related to the recognized eco-friendly renovation work (such insulation of the roof, waterproof sealing of foundations, replacement of doors/windows with ENERGY STAR models, etc.). These include:
- the cost of any permits required for the work, including any studies to obtain such permits
- the cost (including taxes) of any goods that:
- were used to carry out the work
- were supplied by the contractor or were acquired from a QST-registrant supplier after March 17, 2016
- meet, where applicable, the energy and environmental standards mentioned in the list of recognized eco-friendly renovation work
- the cost (including taxes) of services provided by the contractor in carrying out the work and
- the cost of any necessary cleanup
Some expenses that are not eligible for this tax credit are expenses that:
- you incurred for the part of your home that’s used to earn business or rental income
- were used to calculate another Québec tax credit
- you paid to buy the property that you used that you previously rented
- you paid to finance the cost of the work done
- were paid for property or services provided by a person not dealing at arm’s length with you or with another co-owner, unless that person is a QST registrant
Depending on the type of home you own (single-family, condominium, etc.) there might be additional rules on claiming certain expenses. For example, 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. Refer to Revenu Québec’s website for a list of these special cases.
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 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 RénoVert tax credit (TP-1029.RV-V), then click Continue.
- When you arrive at the RénoVert tax credit page, enter your information into the tax software.
Note: If you renovated more than one home, you’ll need to complete a separate TP-1029.RV: RénoVert tax credit form for each home. To do so, after you enter your information on the TP-1029.RV page in the tax software, click Continue. You can complete another TP-1029.RV page by clicking the +Add another home button.
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Information about the renovated dwelling
- 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 before January 1, 2016.
- Is your home an intergenerational house? - Generally, an intergenerational house is a single-family home in which an independent dwelling has been created (such as a basement apartment), that allows several generations of the same family to live together while maintaining their privacy. If you own an intergenerational house and it’s your principal residence, you can elect to consider each independent dwelling within the house as a single-family home. For the purposes of the tax credit, this means each dwelling will be considered an eligible dwelling.
Complete this section if you own your home with someone else (such as your spouse or common-law partner or another family member). If you co-own the home with a spouse, both of you must complete this page in each of your returns and include each other’s details in this section.
You’ll also need to enter the amount each of you are claiming and have claimed in the Additional information section. Remember, you can split the tax credit amount with the other co-owners, as long as it doesn’t exceed the maximum tax credit amount.
Information about the contractor(s) that did the work
Before you claim this tax credit, you need to have a completed Certificate of Compliance With Energy and Environmental Standards (TP-1029.RV.A-V) from each contractor you hired for the renovation. The certificate confirms that the renovation work complies with recognized energy and environmental standards. Additionally, Section 3.1 of the certificate lists the code(s) for the type of work that was done to your home, which you’ll need to complete the TP-1029.RV page.
On the other hand, if your home is a unit in a condominium building and your syndicate of co-owners paid the renovation expenses, you will need a completed and signed copy of the Information Return: RénoVert Tax Credit (TP-1029.RV.D-V) from your syndicate of co-owners before completing this form.
If, at the time of filing your 2018 tax return, you haven’t yet received the completed TP-1029.RV.A-V or the TP-1029.RV.D-V you won’t be able claim the tax credit. However, once you do receive the applicable form from your contractor or syndicate of co-owners, you can request Revenu Québec to make an adjustment to your 2018 tax return to claim the credit.
Information about other suppliers
- QST registration number - You can find the QST number on the receipt you received when you bought supplies. Usually, the QST number is found under the GST number. If your receipt doesn’t show the supplier’s QST number, contact the supplier.
- Codes related to the renovation projects that you bought supplies and other products for - If you bought supplies and other products for the renovation, enter the related codes for the work done in the designated space on the TP-1029.RV.
- How much financial assistance did you receive (or expect to receive) for the renovations? – (don’t include any amounts received under the Rénoclimat program, or those received since March 31, 2018 under the Chauffez vert program).
- How much did you pay for permits in 2018? – Remember, to claim this tax credit, your renovation expenses, including the cost of permits, must have been paid in 2018.
- How much are the other owners of this home claiming for the RénoVert credit this year? – If you co-own your home, enter the total amount of the tax credit the other co-owners are claiming on their return. This amount is shown on line 462 (point 32) of the co-owner's 2018 Québec return.
Note: If one of the co-owners is your spouse, you can find this amount on his or her PDF tax return on the Tax Summary page in H&R Block’s tax software.
What's the amount of your eligible expenses for 2017? – You can find the eligible expenses you claimed last year on line 103 under part 4 of your 2017 TP-1029.RV-V form.
How much did you claim for the RénoVert credit for this home or cottage in 2017? – Your 2017 Rénovert tax credit amount is shown on line 462 (point 32) of your 2017 Québec return. You can also find this amount on line 109 under part 4 of your 2017 TP-1029.RV-V form.
How much did your co-owners claim for the RénoVert credit in 2017? – If you co-own your home, enter the total amount of the tax credit all the other co-owners claimed on their 2017 Québec return. This amount is shown on line 462 (point 32) of the co-owners’ 2017 Québec return.