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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 eligibility 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.

The tax filing due date for the 2020 income tax return is on April 30, 2021. It was announced that eligible Canadians, who are presently receiving the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) credit, have to submit their tax return by the due date to ensure continuity for receiving the credit. Payment amounts will be based on information from the 2020 tax return.

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