This post covers the GST payment dates for 2023 and provides a guide to the GST/HST credit program in Canada.
GST/HST credit is a key benefit that is available to low to moderate-income families in Canada. It pays a base benefit to eligible individuals and families, with a gradual claw-back as income increases.
You’ll learn about GST/HST eligibility, how to apply, how much you can expect to receive and the other related provincial programs.
You may also be eligible for extra government benefits if you qualify for the GST/HST credit payment. Read on to find out what they are and the planned increases, if any, for 2023.
GST/HST Payment Dates 2023
Eligible Canadians receive the benefit quarterly. The GST/HST payment dates for 2023 are:
|Benefit Quarter||GST/HST Payment Dates|
|Quarter 1 2023||January 5th, 2023|
|Quarter 2 2023||April 5th, 2023|
|Quarter 2 2023||July 5th, 2023|
|Quarter 4 2023||October 5th, 2023|
Read on to learn about the GST/HST increase for 2023 and other benefits you may be eligible for.
The first of the extra GST payments were to be paid on Friday, November 4th, 2022.
To ensure you receive your payments on time without disruption on the dates above, it is recommended that you enroll for direct deposit.
If you’re enrolled for direct deposit and did not receive your payments on the GST payment dates for 2023, you should wait for at least 10 working days before you contact CRA.
Note: Those that receive their payments by cheque may not receive their credits on the GST/HST payment dates above depending on the mail service in their area.
Historical GST Payment Dates
GST has been in existence since 1991 when it was introduced to replace the 67-year-old Federal Sales Tax (FST).
In this section, we’re going to take a brief look at the past GST payment dates from 2019 to 2022.
GST Payment Dates 2019
Below was the GST payment schedule for 2019.
- January 4, 2019
- April 5, 2019
- July 5, 2019
- October 4, 2019
- January 3, 202
GST Payment Dates 2020
Below was the GST payment schedule for 2020:
- January 3, 2020
- April 3, 2020
- July 3, 2020
- October 5, 2020
GST Payment Dates 2021
Below were the GST payment dates for 2021:
- January 5, 2021
- April 1, 2021
- July 5, 2021
- October 5, 2021
GST Payment Dates 2022
Below were the GST/HST payment schedule for 2022:
- January 5, 2022
- April 5, 2022
- July 5, 2022
- October 5, 2022
What is the GST/HST Credit?
The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a quarterly payment to individuals and families with low to modest income.
The payment is tax-free and is designed to offset or compensate for some of the sales taxes that Canadians pay through GST and HST.
GST/HST credit was introduced in 1991 and currently benefits about 12 million Canadians with modest incomes.
Depending on where you live, the GST payment may also include payments from other provincial and territorial programs.
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You may qualify for up to $5,000 to make eligible energy-efficient upgrades to your home through the Canada Greener Homes Grant program. Learn more about the program at the link.
GST Credit Eligibility: Do You Qualify?
You are eligible for GST/HST credit if you’re a resident of Canada for tax purposes at the beginning of the payment month and you satisfy one of the following:
- Aged 19 or above
- a parent that lives or lived with a child
- have or had a spouse or common-law partner
Your family net income is also a big factor used in determining your eligibility and how much you can receive as GST/HST credit. We’ll cover the income limits in detail below.
Also, you must have filed your income tax returns for the previous year and have a social insurance number. Even if you had no income, you must still file a tax return to be eligible for the credit.
If you don’t have a SIN but meet all the other eligibility conditions above, you may still be able to receive the GST/HST credit.
Simply include a note explaining why you don’t have a SIN in your GST/HST application to CRA and include a copy of a document that proves your identity such as a passport, a document issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, driver’s license and so on.
Some groups of people are ineligible for GST/HST credit if at the beginning of the GST/HST payment month they are:
- Confined to prison or other correctional institutions for 90 consecutive days or more
- Foreign officers or servants that don’t pay taxes in Canada, and their families or employee
- Non-resident of Canada for income tax purposes
How much can you receive as GST/HST Credit?
For the GST/HST credit period covering July 2022 to June 2023, you can receive up to $467 if you’re single, $612 if you have a spouse or common-law partner and $161 for each child below 19 that lives with you.
Your actual GST/HST credit amounts are calculated based on your:
- individual or family net income and
- the number of children below 19 you have
For the purpose of GST/HST, the payment period is not a calendar period. It runs from July to June.
But the income used in calculating how much you can receive is based on the previous year’s income – also called the base year.
Here’s an illustration: 2021 is the base year for the GST/HST period that starts in July 2022 and ends in June 2023.
That means, the net income reported on line 23600 of your 2020 income tax returns plus that of your spouse, if applicable, will be used to calculate your GST credit payments.
Therefore, filing your tax returns is very important and a requirement for receiving GST credits.
Maximum Income for GST/HST Credit
Recall that the GST credit is meant for low to medium-income Canadians. So your credit starts reducing once your income exceeds a particular threshold and no payment will be received beyond an income level.
For the 2022 GST/HST payment period, the credit for singles with no children is completely clawed back when the net income reaches $49,166.
Married couples with no children will have their GST credit reduced to $0 when their family net income equals or exceeds $52,066.
The table below provides the maximum income amounts at which the GST/HST credit will not be paid:
|# of Children||Singles||Married/Common-law Couples|
How GST/HST Credit Payment is Calculated
There are 3 components for the GST/HST credit amount:
- Base credit: This is an amount of $306
- Additional credit: a supplement of up to $161 that is available to those with a family net income above $9,919
- Credit reduction: representing a 5% clawback of the GST/HST credit after the net income exceeds $39,826
Effectively, you can expect your GST/HST credit payment to start reducing once your income exceeds $39,826 and to be completely clawed back when it gets to the amounts shown in the table above.
You can use the CRA GST/HST credit calculation sheets for the July 2022 – June 2023 period to calculate how much you’ll receive.
But a quicker option is to use the Child and Family benefits calculator. It’ll provide a summary of all your benefits including Canada Child Benefits if applicable.
How to Apply for GST/HST Credit
Most eligible Canadians don’t have to apply separately for the GST/HST credit. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will automatically access your eligibility for the credit and pay you quarterly if you’re eligible.
However, you’ll have to apply for GST/HST if you are either:
- A newcomer to Canada; or
- Have a new child that is not enrolled for CCB
Newcomers to Canada GST/HST Application
If you’re a newcomer to Canada, you can apply for the credit using one of two forms:
- Form RC151, GST/HST credit application for individuals who become residents of Canada if they don’t have children
- Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application form if you have a child
Simply complete the applicable forms and mail them to the CRA tax office closest to you for processing.
Related: Learn about the best bank accounts for newcomers to Canada
GST/HST Credit For a New Child
Whether you just had a new child or a child just started living with you, you can apply for the GST/HST credit by completing a CCB application or adding the child to your household.
The easiest way to do this is by logging into your CRA My Account. Alternatively, you can fill out a CCB application form and mailing to CRA.
GST Credit and Change in Situations
You should inform CRA as soon as possible if your situation changes. This is because some changes may affect your GST credit.
Some of the changes you should report to CRA include:
- Change in marital status
- Death of a GST/HST credit recipient
- Change in the number of children
- Change in address
- You, or a spouse, cease to be a resident of Canada
A reassessment of your tax returns that changes your family net income will also affect your GST credit, but CRA will update your payments automatically from their end.
You can contact CRA by phone or update your status using CRA My Account or the MyBenefits CRA mobile app. A Form RC65, Marital Status Change may also be mailed to a tax office if your marital status changes and you prefer the paper option.
If you don’t inform CRA on time and you’re overpaid, you’ll have to repay the overpayment. Your future payments will be withheld and used to cover the overpayments until the balance owed is fully paid.
However, CRA has temporarily suspended this practice due to COVID-19.
Provincial/Territorial Programs administered with GST/HST Credit
CRA administers several provincial programs along with the GST/HST credit.
But you don’t have to apply for them. You’ll be automatically considered for them if you’re eligible and the payments combined with your GST credit payments.
- BC climate action tax credit: a non-taxable amount designed to offset the carbon taxes paid by low-income individuals and families. It provides a credit of $521.50 for each adult and $138.50 for each child below 19.
- New Brunswick harmonized sales tax credit: another non-taxable credit that pays up to a maximum amount of $300 to individuals. Spouses can also get $300 and $100 for each child below 19. Benefit clawback (2%) starts beyond an income of $35,000.
- Newfoundland and Labrador income supplement: is for low-income individuals, families, seniors and people living with disabilities. Singles can receive up to $495, $561 for spouses and $220 for each child below 19.
- Newfoundland and Labrador seniors’ benefit: provides an annual amount of $1,444 to seniors with an income of $29,402 or lower. It is fully clawed back for those with income exceeding $41,787.
- Northwest Territories cost of living offset: a non-taxable credit of $260 for individuals, $260 for spouses and $300 for each child below 18. The credit is not income-tested so the amounts are not reduced based on income.
- Ontario sales tax credit: administered with the Ontario Trillium Benefit and it is meant to offset the sales tax paid by low to modest-income families. The benefit pays $324 per adult and the same amount for each child below 19 years. The clawback starts at $24,916 for individuals and $31,144 for families.
- Prince Edward Island sales tax credit: non-taxable benefit that pays $110 to individuals and an extra $55 for spouses and eligible dependents.
- Saskatchewan low-income tax credit: pays $358 for individuals, the same amount to their spouses and $141 for each child below 19 years. The annual amount is capped at $998 per family.
- Yukon government carbon price rebate – individuals: a non-taxable credit to offset the federal carbon pollution pricing level. Individuals and their spouses can receive up to $320, and the same amount for each child below 19 years.
All these programs are fully funded by the provincial and territorial governments.
Other Government Credits
Here are some of the other government credits and programs you may be eligible for:
Canada Child Benefit (CCB): A monthly financial assistance program for Canadians with children. It is an income-tested benefit and eligible families can receive up to a maximum of $6,997 per year for each child.
Check this post on Canada Child Benefit Payment Dates to learn more.
Canada Workers Benefit (CWB): is another government measure for low-income Canadians. A single individual that is eligible for CWB can receive up to $1,395 as the basic amount, while families can get a maximum of $2,403 in most provinces.
Learn more about the program, its eligibility and how to apply in this post: CWB Payment dates.
As a low to modest-income earner, you may also qualify for other provincial government financial assistance programs. Check some of the links below to learn more about a few of the programs.
Provincial GST and HST Rates
The Goods and services tax (GST) is a federal government tax so it applies in all provinces and territories.
In addition, many provinces also charge a provincial sales tax (PST). Alberta and the 3 provinces (Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) are the exceptions.
Some provinces combine the GST and PST together and charge a single rate, while others administer the sales taxes separately.
Where the taxes are combined, they are called Harmonized sales tax or HST. This is the case in Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
The table below shows the GST, PST and HST for each of the Canadian provinces and territories:
|Province/Territory||GST (%)||PST (%)||Total (%)|
|Prince Edward Island||5||10||15|
GST Increase 2022/2023: GST Double Payment (Amount & Dates)
The liberal government headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced its plan to double the GST payment for six months. This is part of the government’s efforts to make life more affordable for Canadians amidst the ongoing inflation.
When the legislation is passed, every eligible GST recipient will receive an increase in their GST payment during July 2022 to June 2023 benefit period.
However, how much you will receive depends on your net income as reported during the 2021 tax period.
The following table shows the additional increase for various GST recipients depending on their net income.
|GST Recipient||Net income||GST Increase|
|A single senior||$20,000||$233|
|Single mother with 1 child||$30,000||$386.50|
|A couple with two children||$35,000||$467|
Singles without children will be paid an additional $234 during the current GST benefit period.
The extra GST amounts were scheduled to start on November 4th, 2022.
Some FAQs: GST/HST Payment Dates 2023
GST credits are usually paid on the 5th day of each payment month unless it falls on a public holiday, in which case it will be paid on the previous business day. The payment months are January, April, July and October.
The total GST/HST credit you’re entitled to is divided into 4 and paid quarterly on the GST payment dates. However, the credit will be paid as a lump sum if the amount will work out to less than $50 per quarter. If this is the case, the GST credit will be paid in July.
Retroactive payments of GST/HST credits are allowed for up to 3 years. But you’ll have to make the request through the CRA Taxpayer relief provisions. Learn more about it here.
Like the Canada Child Benefit, the GST credit is not taxable. It is a tax-free benefit. That means you won’t have to include it as income when filing your income tax return.
Singles can receive up to $467 for the GST/HST credit period covering July 2022 to June 2023. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, you can get $598 and $157 for each child below 19 that lives with you.
If you didn’t receive your payment on the GST payment dates, CRA recommends you wait for 10 business days before contacting them. In the meantime, you can check your My Account for any correspondence with CRA.
The GST/HST credit is designed for low to moderate-income families. As a result, there is a maximum income for eligibility. For single individuals, the maximum is $48,012 before tax. For married or common-law couples with four children, the maximum combined net income is $63,412 before.
What is the GST/HST credit? Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free amount paid four times every year.
If your adjusted family net income is equal to or exceeds the amount indicated in the table below, you will not be entitled to a GST/HST credit payment.
Conclusion on GST Dates 2023
The GST/HST credit is one of the most popular government credits in Canada. Hope you found this post about GST/HST payment dates, eligibility and benefits useful.
If you have any questions about the GST program, please leave a comment below.
21 thoughts on “GST/HST Payment Dates 2023”
I’m legally blind suffer with severe mental health issues and chronic.
And I am going hungry the price of food is through the roof and the feds are not giving us another annual gst cheque.
I never received one of the 600$ payments from the feds to people with disabilities.
They don’t care they just care about the rich thing’s won’t change until the NDP are in power all the liberals have done is legalize pot and give money to people who don’t need it.
i have reason to believe my ex husband is still collecting payments through my hard earnings. can u help?
Well…my names LEDGE. ThE LEGEND…….aka Troy Delamare and I’m wondering how much will my GST be and will it be direct deposited in the DC bank..H&R Block account on Monday ..July 5th coming up right away…….
Hi, I am single do we get a lump sum, on our GST, Please! What benefits, do I get on Disability, Please! Just inquiring! Thanks U very much appreciated!
The GST credit is paid in 4 quarterly installments. You may also qualify for disability benefits from your provincial government. How much you receive depends on several factors including your income, family size, housing situation and severity of the disability in some instances.
Simon, I wish to apply for further benefits. I have Chronic nerve damage in my neck. C 3 THRU C7. HOW DO I APPLY?
You may be eligible for disability support. Several provinces have some form of social assistance for those in need (see the linked post for a roundup of such programs across Canada). Your caseworker should also be able to guide you on other benefits you can receive.
I have had an back operation in 1997,since then my neck and the middle of my back,have herniated,bulging and deteration of the restnof my spine I have x-rays and M.R.I.pictures , I guess my question is do I qualify,oh and on top of that I have a 10,8 and 6yr Olds, lol
Also wondering please let me no I’m waiting and registered since 2018 they approved me..still nothing..don’t no which way to turn now thanks
I mean disability benefits I have a DTC approval now what please help
I have not received my GST payment for July 2021. Please contact re my status.
I have not received my GST for July 2021. I have filed my income tax for 2020 and have been CCP Disability since 2013. I have never had any problems with my GST before. I have direct deposit. Wondering why I did not receive my GST. I depend on this and to have to wait to receive it is not right considering I did as I was suppose to.
My roommate received a letter July 6th stating he could file over telephone which he did. Only money social assistance. Will he receive his july gst
I have not received my GST on October 5th 2021??
I just did my 2020 taxes last week and it was assessed today Oct 2021, am I still eligible to receive my gst
here it is Feb 7 2022 and i have not received my gst credit .What gives?
I have received a letter from cra saying i quilifyed for the disability that after research about my longterm disabilities I was wondering when or how long before i will see any money or tax change in my acct thanks-you
How can I get a copy of my most recent GST Credit Statement
Hi Mark, would you please tell me how many double GST cheques will we receive beginning Oct.5/22. How many more checques in 2023? It’s confusing because it says six months but that’s only half the year. Thanks you so much for you time.
Hi Joanne – it looks like the GST increase will only apply for 2 quarters
Hi there, do you know when we are supposed to receive the increased amount? I am find so many conflicting answers. Thank you in advance