How to Claim Your GST/HST Credit in Canada: Eligibility, Payments and Tips

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In the event of changes in your life circumstances, such as entering into marriage or welcoming children, it’s imperative to inform the CRA to enable the recalibration of your payments.

If your total GST/HST credit for 2022 were under $50 per quarter, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would have issued a one-time payment on July 5. Your bank account was fortunate to be credited with two payments on that date. You may thank the federal government for the grocery rebate distributed on the same date.

Upon filing your tax return and confirming your GST/HST credit eligibility, the CRA will initiate your first payment, scheduled for the payment date immediately preceding your 19th birthday.

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If you do not receive your GST/HST credit payment on the anticipated date, we kindly request that you allow a grace period of 10 working days before reaching out to us for assistance.

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Eligibility for GST/HST Credit in Canada

You are typically eligible for the Canada GST/HST credit payment if you:

  • Are 19 years of age or older.

For those under 19 years of age, at least one of the following conditions must be met:

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  • Having (or had) a spouse or common-law partner,
  • Being (or were) a parent and residing (or resided) with your child.

Your eligibility also hinges on your status as a Canadian resident for income tax purposes during the following:

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  • The month preceding a CRA payment.
  • The commencement of the month when the CRA disburses a payment.

The CRA generally issues GST/HST credit payments in July, October, January, and April. If you’re new to Canada and want the GST/HST credit, you’ll need to fill out some forms, which vary based on whether you have children.

If you share custody, you might get half your child’s GST/HST credit. This extends to related provincial and territorial credits, too. But, if a child welfare agency takes care of your child, you usually can’t get the GST/HST credit for them.

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How to apply for Canada GST/HST Credit 2024?

The general prerequisite to receive the GST/HST credit each year involves filing your annual taxes, regardless of whether you have income to report. However, there are special instructions for new residents and claiming GST/HST credits for your child, which have been described in detail ahead.

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Special Instructions for New Residents

As a new resident of Canada, initiating your GST/HST credit application does not necessitate the filing of your first tax return. Follow the steps outlined below:

  1. If you are a parent: Obtain, fill out, and sign Form RC66, titled Canada Child Benefits Application, to apply for all child and family benefits, inclusive of the GST/HST credit.
  2. If you do not have children: Obtain, fill out, and sign Form RC151, titled GST/HST Credit and Climate Action Incentive Payment Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada.
  3. Mail the duly completed form to your respective tax centre.

Claiming the GST/HST Credit for Your Child

If you have already applied for the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), you may receive the child portion of the GST/HST credit. However, if you haven’t applied for the CCB, or if there has been a new child addition to your family, or a child has started living with you, a manual registration of the child to receive the GST/HST credit is necessary:

Online Registration:

  1. Sign in to ‘My Account’.
  2. Navigate to “Apply for child benefits.”
  3. Confirm your contact information, marital status, and citizenship.
  4. Provide your child’s name, gender, date, and place of birth.
  5. Post application, you can monitor the status through ‘My Account.’

Offline Registration:

  1. Fill out and sign Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application.
  2. Mail the completed form to your tax centre.

How much can you get from Canada GST/HST Credit?

The amount you can expect to receive in your GST/HST credit payments depends upon several factors:

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Adjusted Family Net Income

  • If you’re single: This amount is derived from line 23600 of your income tax return or equivalent if you’ve completed one.
  • For couples: Your net incomes are amalgamated to ascertain your family’s net income.

Number of Eligible Children

  • The total number of children under 19 years old registered for the Canada child benefit and the GST/HST credit contributes to your payment calculation.

Payment Estimates for the 2023 Base Year (July 2023 to June 2024):

  • Single individuals: Up to $496
  • Married or common-law partners: Up to $650
  • Per child under 19 years old: $171

Maintaining Updated Information:

  • Keeping your details current is crucial to prevent underpayments or overpayments.
  • Any changes to your 2023 adjusted family net income may affect your payments commencing in July 2024.

Factors Affecting the GST/HST Credit Payments

Several circumstances could lead to your GST/HST credit payment recalibration. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) might review and modify your payment when:

  • If a reassessment affects your tax return or your spouse/common-law partner’s return, changing your family net income, your GST/HST credit payment may be recalculated.
  • When your eligible child reaches the age of 19, it could impact your payment.
  • Alterations in your marital status can lead to GST/HST credit adjustments.
  • Any variation in eligible children under your care could affect your payment.
  • In the event of a recipient’s passing, the CRA may revise the GST/HST credit payment accordingly.
  • Commencing or concluding shared custody arrangements for a child can result in payment modifications.