Discover the Benefits of GST/HST Credit in Canada
May 18, 2023 Andrew AdolphAudits
As a Canadian resident with low or moderate income, you may qualify for the GST/HST credit. This tax-free quarterly payment from the government aims to reduce your taxes on goods and services. See below for everything you need to know about the GST/HST credit.
Eligibility for GST/HST Credit
To be eligible for the GST/HST credit, you must:
- Be at least 19 years old
- Be a resident of Canada for tax purposes
- Have filed a tax return in the previous year
- Have a family income below the annual threshold set by the government.
The annual threshold varies depending on your family size and income, and the CRA website has the current information.
Calculation of the GST/HST credit
The GST/HST credit amount you receive is calculated using your marital status, family income, and the number of children. The credit adjusts quarterly to reflect changes in family size and income. The maximum quarterly credit for one adult with no children is $159 if the income is under $38,863. A couple with two children may receive a maximum quarterly credit of $320 with a family income under $53,765. However, you may receive less if you have other government benefits.
How to Apply for the GST/HST Credit
Typically, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the GST/HST credit program. However, if you are eligible and not enrolled, contact the CRA to update your information. If you have changes in income, marital status, or family size, notifying the CRA as soon as possible ensures your credit adjusts accordingly.
GST/HST Credit Bottom Line
The GST/HST credit provides support for low- and moderate-income families in Canada, ensuring access to basic necessities and decent living standards through a tax-free partial refund of the GST/HST they pay. If you are eligible for GST/HST credit, but haven’t received it, or have eligibility questions, feel free to contact us below. You can also check out our blog for additional tax information.Book Free Consultation
Andrew Adolph is a CPA and former CRA auditor with 25 Years of experience. He helps businesses to not par any more in sales taxs than the law says they must and acts as an advocate for you if you are being audited, so you can fous on your business.