If you are looking to understand the basics of GST, then you have come to the right place. This post entails a complete guide regarding GST/HST credit program in Canada.
GST/HST credit serves as a core advantage for low to moderate-income families in Canada. Under this, a base benefit is paid to the eligible individuals and families. The base payment is decreased in proportion to the increase in income level.
This article outlines the criteria of eligibility for the GST/HST credit payment, its application procedure, and other related information.
|Benefit Quarter||GST/HST Payment Dates|
|Quarter 1||January 5th, 2022|
|Quarter 2||April 1st, 2022|
|Quarter 3||July 5th, 2022|
|Quarter 4||October 5th, 2022|
The GST/HST payment is made on a quarterly basis. The dates for 2022 are as under:
Usually, the credit is paid on the fifth day of the payment month. Nonetheless, you can enroll for direct deposit to ensure the duly collection without disruptions. If you miss a payment in such a case, you must wait for at least 10 working days before contacting CRA.
However, the dates for those who receive payments by cheque may differ. This is due to the fact that it depends on the mail service of an area for the delivery time and day.
GST/HST is an abbreviation for goods and service tax/harmonized sales tax. Under this scheme, quarterly tax-free payments are made by the government to families with low to modest incomes. It is a compensation for GST/HST that was introduced in 1991. Currently, it benefits around 12 million Canadians.
The GST payment can include amounts from other programs depending on the area you live in. For instance, the Canadian Greener Homes Grant program authorizes up to $5,600 if one utilizes eligible energy-efficient upgrades in the home.
To be eligible for GST/HST credit, you must be a resident of Canada and either one of the following:
Moreover, family net income is also considered. The income limits are defined ahead.
You must be a tax filer with a social insurance number. Even in the case of no income, you must file a tax return to be eligible. However, the absence of SIN does not mean you would not be eligible for the GST/HST credit. You must explain the reason for not having one in the application with proof of your identity. This can either be a passport, immigration document, driver’s license, etc.
However, you will be ineligible if, at the beginning of the payment month, you are:
For the period Jul’2022 – Jun’2023, you can receive:
The actual credit amounts are based on the individual or family net come, and the number of children below 19 living with you.
Even though the payment period of GST/HST is not a calendar period, it is calculated based on the previous year’s income, aka base year. This is why filing taxes is essential and a requirement for GST/HST credit.
Since GST/HST credit is meant for families with low to medium income levels, there is a cap on income levels beyond which one becomes ineligible for the credit.
For convenience, the following table demonstrates the limits:
|# of Children||Singles||Married/Common-law Couples|
GST/HST payment has 3 components:
Therefore, you can expect your credit to decrease once your income exceeds $38,892. Moreover, you will be completely clawed back if you are single with no kids and your income level exceeds $48,012.
You can use the CRA GST/HST credit calculation sheets to calculate the amount you are eligible to receive. The Child and Family benefits calculator offers a much better summary, including Canada Child Benefits.
Usually, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) automatically signs up eligible individuals. Nonetheless, you may have to apply if you are either a newcomer to Canada, or have a child not enrolled for CCB.
Newcomers can apply for GST/HST credit by mailing one of the following forms to the CRA tax office:
You can also apply for GST/HST credit if you had a new child, or one just started living with you. You can do that by filing a CCB application or adding the kid to your household through ‘CRA My Account.’