Important Information Regarding FHSA Contributions

Important Information Regarding FHSA Contributions Many clients have already taken advantage of Equitable’s First Home Savings Account (FHSA), available on Pivotal Select™ Investment Class (75/75) and Pivotal Select Estate Class (75/100).
 
Below, we answer questions we have received regarding cut-off dates for 2023 FHSA contribution tax receipts.

1. The client submitted an application with a deposit before 11:59 p.m. ET on December 29, 2023. Will they get a 2023 FHSA contribution tax receipt?
Yes, the client will receive a 2023 FHSA contribution tax receipt.

2. The client submitted an application with a deposit on December 30 or 31, 2023. Will they get a 2023 FHSA contribution tax receipt?
No, the client will not receive a 2023 FHSA contribution receipt. The client’s deposit will be made effective the next business day, January 2, 2024. The client will receive a FHSA contribution tax receipt for the 2024 tax year.

However, since the client signed the application on or before December 31, 2023, they are eligible to take advantage of the 2023 contribution room in 2024 (up to $16,000 total*).



3. The client submitted an application with a deposit after January 1, 2024, but it was signed on or before December 31, 2023. Will they be eligible for the 2023 contribution room?
Yes. Any FHSA application received on or before 4:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2024 that was signed on or before December 31, 2023 will be eligible to take advantage of the 2023 contribution room in 2024*.

4. The client received a confirmation letter stating their deposit was effective in January, but the application and contribution was submitted on or before December 29, 2023, will they receive a 2023 tax receipt for their contribution?
Yes, if the client received a confirmation letter stating their deposit was effective in January but the application and deposit was received at Equitable® on or before December 29, 2023, they will receive a 2023 tax receipt for their contribution. We are currently updating any impacted FHSA policies to reflect a December trade date. The client will receive a revised confirmation letter reflecting the December trade date.

5. When will 2023 FHSA contribution tax receipts be issued?
FHSA contribution receipts for the 2023 tax year will be mailed to clients by February 29, 2024.

If you have further questions,  please contact your Regional Investment Sales Manager or one of our Client Services Representatives at 1.866.884.7427.  
 
*Clients must consider all eligible FHSAs with any other institutions to determine their remaining contribution room.
 
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Posted January 2, 2024