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How Much is The GST Tax Credit Increase in 2023?

Another GST credit (GSTC) boost is on the horizon, with the recent introduction of the “Grocery Rebate” in the 2023 Federal Budget (more information below).

Last year, eligible GST/HST credit recipients received a one-time lumpsum boost as part of a broader package to help lower-income Canadians. There was also an increase in the Canadian Housing Benefit and a new Canada Dental Benefit.

For 2023, Canadians who qualify will see a one-time increase in their GST cheques when the grocery rebate is paid out, and in July, GST payments will increase when indexed to inflation.

How Much is the GST Credit Increase?

The Grocery Rebate resulted in additional benefits equivalent to twice the GSTC received in January 2023. The maximum grocery rebate benefit was as follows:

If you are single:

  • $234 (no children)
  • $387 (with 1 child)
  • $467 (with 2 children)
  • $548 (with 3 children)
  • $628 (with 4 children)

If you are married or have a common-law partner:

  • $306 (no children)
  • $387 (with 1 child)
  • $467 (with 2 children)
  • $548 (with 3 children)
  • $628 (with 4 children)

For the July 2023 to June 2024 payment period, the standard Goods and Services Tax (GST) Credit amount also increases with inflation.

How much you receive in total is based on your family size and income:

  • Single individuals: $496
  • Couple: $650
  • Each child under the age of 19: $171

Who is Eligible for the GST Credit Increase?

You automatically qualify for the GST credit boost if you are a current recipient of the GST/HST credit.

Usually, your eligibility for the regular program is assessed every year when you file your income tax return.

The net income threshold for getting the full benefit ranges from $52,255 to $69,015, depending on your family size.

For income levels exceeding this threshold, GST credit benefits are clawed back until $0.

How To Apply For the GST Credit Boost

You don’t need to apply to get the GST Credit bonus payment. It will be paid out automatically through direct deposit or a cheque.

If you haven’t filed your 2022 tax return, you must do so to qualify for ongoing automatic payments.

GST/HST Credit Payment Dates

GST payment dates for 2023 fall on:

  • January 5, 2023
  • April 5, 2023
  • July 5, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
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24 thoughts on “How Much is The GST Tax Credit Increase in 2023?”

  1. Gravatar for gary

    i do not quite under stand what is a 6 month double tax credit and how it works when would we receive it ? i’m lost

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Gary: The increased GST credit was issued starting on November 4th. It is a one-time lumpsum payment.

  2. Gravatar for kenneth abbott

    if you didnt receive the nov 4th gst payment . how do you contact someone re getting the issue resolved

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Kenneth: You can contact the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.

  3. Gravatar for Smurray

    I filed my taxes late it says there is a gst CR $116 July 2022 gst CR $350 Oct 2022
    Gst CR $116 Jan 2023 but it doesn’t say deposited like previous years payments they CR is dated for December 7 2022 the day I filled my NOA is dated for December 15 2022 today is December 12 2022 and still no gst payment is this money coming or how long does it take to receive GSTC Underpayment? Thanks

  4. Gravatar for Alyssa

    Some places say January 5th 2023 gst payments are doubled but some places are vague leaving you with thinking they are not just normal payemnt. Its vague and misleading as no one says anything strait and give you a strait answer.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Alyssa: I believe the GST double payment was only for November and does not extend to 2023.

    • Gravatar for Michelle

      In July it will be doubled because of the grocer rebate that we get on July’s cheque . So it will be just like same amount we got last time it doubled . They are just calling it a grocery rebate this time . So YES it will be doubled or more in July

  5. Gravatar for sheila

    how often do we get the increase for the gst thought we get it this month too

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Sheila: No, GST payments are quarterly, and there won’t be another increase until July. The last increase was paid out in November 2022.

  6. Gravatar for Maureen Umpherville

    So the grocery rebate isn’t out till July 5/2023

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Maureeen: Yes, most likely.

  7. Gravatar for Linda stuart

    Do i get any extra in Apr.23

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Linda: This extra GST won’t go out with the April payment.

      • Gravatar for Marsha

        Some people didn’t receive GST for April 5th 2023 why? I didn’t receive gst either and my taxes and bank are 100% Perfect! What’s going on with CRA?

  8. Gravatar for Dawn

    Can the grocery benefit be used by the cra for your repayment debt you have with them

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Dawn: Yes, that is possible I would imagine. The CRA can offset taxes owed using benefits you qualify for.

  9. Gravatar for Wendi

    So is the new grocery rebate included with the GST rebate July 5/23 ?

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Wendy: Possibly, but there’s no official confirmation of this.

  10. Gravatar for Kim Smith

    May 2023,
    When it was decided to increase the GST once again , but calling it a grocery rebate is great.What i have discoved is this .
    Growing up we had the uppie scale ,the middle and the low end.Today in the 21 century it’s uppie and that’s it.
    We all need to eat , ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN
    I am wondering if there would be anyway to offer a grocery rebate every quater at the same time tge GST is issued.Nobody wants to wait.Prices are getting worse,and everyone needs help know.Its an aweful thing to say NO to your child at the grocery store only because you just can’t afford those apples !!!

  11. Gravatar for Michelle

    Yes we will be getting the grocery rebate in July if you check your CRA online account it will tell you how much you will be getting .

  12. Gravatar for debbie Deluca

    mine cra says may 28th double up gst but not received

  13. Gravatar for debbie Deluca

    it says single people will get 234 mine only says 194 which i usually only get 97.00 per quarter so that means if it’s the grocery rebate i only get 97.00.

  14. Gravatar for Stephen Hillier

    Government please educate us on how your figures work for the July 2023 GST

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