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What is the GST/HST credit and how do I apply for it?

The GST/HST (Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax) is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes to offset all or part of the GST and HST that they pay on their purchases.The CRA sets guidelines as to the net family income level where the GST/HST credit stops. The CRA automatically calculates and determines your eligiblity for this credit.

If you have a spouse or common-law partner, only one of you receives the credit for the household, which is paid to the person whose return is assessed first.*

*This does not affect the amount your household receives, as the amount is determined based on your total net family income.

COVID-19 (updated 8/04/20):

Due to the extended tax filing date, it was announced that eligible Canadians, who are presently receiving the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) credit, will continue to receive these payments until the end of September 2020. Payment amounts will be based on information from 2018 tax return(s) if their 2019 tax return has not been assessed, and the CRA has not had time to calculate benefits and/or credits for the July to September 2020 payment.

You’re still required to file your 2019 income tax return. If the CRA is unable to assess your return by early September 2020, your estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020 and you may have to repay the estimated amounts that were issued to you starting in July 2020.

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