Ontario Sales Tax Credit

This credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals with the sales tax they pay. The credit is part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

How much money could I receive?

For the 2015 benefit year, the maximum amount you can get is $287. You may also receive an additional credit of up to $287 for:

  • your spouse or common-law partner, and
  • each dependent child who is under 19 years of age at the beginning of the payment month.

These amounts are adjusted for inflation each year.

Use the online calculator to see how much money you can get

Definition: benefit year

Do I qualify?

You may qualify for the credit if you:

  • are a resident of Ontario at the beginning of the payment month, and
  • are 19 years of age or older, or
  • have or previously had a spouse or common-law partner, or
  • are a parent who lives or previously lived with your child.

Who's considered an Ontario resident?

How is the amount I get for the 2015 benefit year calculated?

The amount of the credit is based on your 2014 adjusted family net income and the size of your family.

If you are a single individual with no children, the credit will be reduced by four per cent of your adjusted family net income over $22,057.

If you are a single parent or are married or living common-law, the credit will be reduced by four per cent of your adjusted family net income over $27,571.

This credit is in addition to GST/HST credit payments, so the amount you receive does not affect the amount of your GST/HST credit payments and vice versa.

Definition: adjusted family net income

Definition: 'single individual', 'family', 'dependent child'

Learn more about the GST/HST credit

How do I get the credit?

You need to file a General Income Tax and Benefit return (tax return) to get this money.

Based on the information provided when you file your tax return, the Canada Revenue Agency will determine your eligibility and tell you if you are entitled to receive the credit.

You may qualify for this payment even if you do not owe income tax.

The deadline for filing returns is April 30 of each year. If you file late, your payments may be delayed.

Get your General Income Tax and Benefit package from the Canada Revenue Agency

When will I receive my money?

The credit is issued as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.

When is the Ontario Trillium Benefit paid?

View the Canada Revenue Agency benefit payment dates

Tax Credit Calculator. Are You Getting Money Back?

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Did you know?

You and your family could receive other Ontario tax credits. Use the tax credit calculator to learn more.

If you are a senior, you could also receive the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant.

Do you need help completing your return?

If you are unable to prepare your return yourself, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you.

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