GST/HST credit - Overview

COVID-19: Extending benefit payments and one-time supplementary payment

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’ll have to repay the estimated amounts that were issued to you starting in July 2020.

On April 9, 2020, the one-time supplementary GST/HST credit payment was issued. People already receiving the GST/HST credit should have gotten it automatically.

Overview

The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay. It may also include payments from provincial and territorial programs.

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