The Government of Canada provides quarterly payments to qualifying Canadians to compensate for the financial strain of the Goods and Services Tax. Though the GST has been combined in Ontario with the provincial sales tax into the Harmonized Sales Tax, Ontario residents can still qualify for the GST credit. In general, your family income must be low to qualify for this credit. The Canada Revenue Agency also considers other factors, such as the size of your family, when determining your eligibility. In addition to the GST credit, low-income residents of Ontario may also qualify for the separate Ontario Sales Tax Credit.
Get your most recent completed tax return. You will need to enter information from your latest tax return into the GST/HST credit calculator.
Access your Web browser and go to the Revenue Canada website (cra-arc.gc.ca).
Click on “Individuals — GST/HST credit.”
Click on “GST/HST credit calculator.”
Select the year for which you want to calculate your credit.
Follow the instructions to include the necessary information in the GST/HST credit calculator. You must choose Ontario as your province of residence and include information about your marital status, your income and your spouse’s income, your children and some other information from your tax return.
Click “Calculate.” The calculator will display your estimated quarterly GST/HST tax-credit payment.