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Who Is Eligible For The GST/HST Credit in 2024 & How Much Can You Get?

Written by Jessica Steer
Thanks to the GST/HST credit, low-earning taxpayers can get back a portion or all of the federal sales tax they pay. Here’s everything you need to know about the credit – how it works, who is eligible, and how much you could be entitled to. You can also find the different provincial and territorial benefits you could collect as well.
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    What is the GST/HST credit?

    Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free amount paid four times every year. It helps low- to modest-income individuals and families offset all or part of the GST or HST they pay.

    Who is eligible for the 2024 GST/HST credit?

    To qualify for the GST/HST credit, you must be a Canadian resident for income tax purposes in the month prior and at the start of the month in which the CRA makes a payment.

    You also need to meet one of the following criteria:

    • You are 19 years of age or older
    • You have (or had) a spouse or common-law partner
    • You are (or were) a parent and live (or lived) with your child

    The credit is designed to assist Canadians with low-to-moderate incomes. Single individuals making $52,255 or more (before tax) are not entitled to the credit. A married couple with four children cannot exceed an annual net income of $69,015. See the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about income levels.

    How much can you get from the GST/HST credit in 2024?

    The maximum you can receive from the GST/HST credit until the end of the payment period (June 2024) is:

    • $496 if you’re single
    • $650 if you’re married or have a common-law partner
    • $171 for each child under the age of 19

    How is the GST/HST credit calculated?

    GST/HST credit payments are calculated using your tax return from the previous year. For example, if you became eligible for the credit based on your 2022 tax return, you will receive your first payment in July 2023, the start of the 2023 payment period.

    Your family net income and the number of children you have registered for the credit are used to determine the amount of your GST/HST credit payments. Check out the child and family benefits calculator to get an estimate of how much you could be entitled to.

    Sometimes, the CRA will recalculate your GST/HST credit payment.

    Situations that may trigger a recalculation include:

    • your family’s net income changes due to a reassessment
    • your eligible child turns 19 years of age
    • your marital status changes
    • the number of eligible children in your care changes
    • a recipient dies
    • you start or stop sharing custody of a child

    You should notify the CRA about certain life changes immediately (i.e. your child is born or your marital status has changed). Doing so will ensure you’re getting the right payment amounts.

    GST/HST Payment Dates for 2024

    The GST/HST credit is paid four times per year by cheque or direct deposit.

    Payments are sent on the following dates:

    • January 5, 2024
    • April 5, 2024
    • July 5, 2024
    • October 4, 2024

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    How do provincial & territorial programs work with the GST/HST credit?

    Some provinces and territories have programs related to the GST/HST credit. You don’t need to apply for these benefits because you’ll automatically get them if you’re eligible for the GST/HST credit. Provincial and territorial credit payments are included in your GST/HST credit payments. The only program that is issued separately is the Ontario sales tax credit.

    Here’s how much you could get from each provincial and territorial program:

    ProgramAnnual Maximum Amount
    BC climate action tax creditIndividual: $447.00 Spouse or common-law partner: $223.50Per child: $111.50($233.50 for the first child in a single-parent family)
    New Brunswick harmonized sales tax creditIndividual: $300 Spouse or common-law partner: $300Per child: $100($300 for the first child in a single-parent family)
    Newfoundland and Labrador income supplementIndividual: $520 Married or common-law couple: $580Per child: $231
    Newfoundland and Labrador seniors' benefitSingle senior: $1,516 Married or common-law couple: $1,516
    Northwest Territories cost of living offsetIndividual: $491 Spouse or common-law partner: $491Per child: $493
    Nova Scotia affordable living tax creditIndividual: $255 Married or common-law couple: $255Per child: $60
    Ontario sales tax creditUp to $345 for each adult and each child in a family
    Prince Edward Island sales tax creditIndividual: $110 Spouse, common-law partner or eligible dependant: $55
    Saskatchewan low-income tax creditIndividual: $380 Spouse, common-law partner or eligible dependant: $380Per child (maximum two children): $150Family: $1,060
    Yukon government carbon price rebate (individuals)Individual: $372 Spouse or common-law partner: $372Per child: $372

    How do I apply for the GST/HST credit?

    There is no formal application for the GST/HST credit. All you need to do is file your taxes every year (even if you have no income to report) and the CRA will automatically determine if you’re eligible or not. If you’re a new resident, you’ll need to apply for the credit by submitting Form RC66 if you have children or Form RC151 if you’re a single individual.

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