GST Payment Dates 2021: GST/HST Credit Explained

The GST/HST credit is a tax-free payment that is paid out quarterly to eligible individuals.

Good and Services Tax (GST) or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is levied when you pay for most goods and services in Canada. 

To help low-moderate income families offset the burden of this additional taxation, the federal government provides a credit that is paid out every quarter.

The amount of GST/HST credit you receive is based on your income level during the previous taxation year-end and the number of children you have.

GST/HST Payment Dates for 2021

The Canada Revenue Agency will pay out the GST/HST credit for 2021 on these dates:

  • January 5, 2021
  • April 1, 2021
  • July 5, 2021
  • October 5, 2021

You can receive your payments via direct deposit to your Canadian bank account. if you’d like to view your benefit information and amounts, you can do so using the CRA My Account Service.

GST Payment Dates

What is the GST/HST Credit?

The GST is a federal tax levied on goods and services purchased in Canada.

Some provinces like Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia have incorporated the federal GST into their provincial sales tax regime to form the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

The GST is 5% and HST (including GST) is as follows:

  • New Brunswick: 15%
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 15%
  • Nova Scotia: 15%
  • Ontario: 13%
  • Prince Edward Island: 15%

Provinces in which GST is collected separately charge their own provincial sales tax (PST) as follows:

  • Manitoba: 7%
  • Quebec: 9.975%
  • Saskatchewan: 6%
  • British Columbia: 7%

The following provinces and territories do not have a provincial sales tax and only the 5% GST applies:

  • Alberta
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon

Who is Eligible for GST/HST Credit?

You may be eligible to receive the GST/HST credit if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are 19 years of age or older
  • You have (or had) a spouse or common-law partner
  • You are (or were) a parent and live (or lived) with your child

You must be a Canadian resident for income tax purposes and have a social insurance number (SIN) because the government uses your income tax return to determine whether or not you are eligible.

Applying for the GST/HST Credit

Since the 2014 taxation years, CRA automatically determines if you are eligible for GST/HST credit when you file your annual benefit and tax return.

You do not need to have any income to qualify.

Newcomers to Canada who have yet to file a tax return can apply for the GST/HST credit by following the steps below:

  • If you have children, complete Form RC66.
  • If you do not have children, complete Form RC151.
  • Send the completed form to the CRA office in your province.

When you apply for the Canada Child Benefit, you will likely automatically receive the GST/HST credit for your child.

If your child’s GST/HST credit has not been added to your household credit, you can add them by:

  1. Applying for child benefits through your CRA My Account. You will need to add your child’s name, gender, date and place of birth. Or,
  2. Complete Form RC66 and mail it to the Canada Revenue Agency.

How Much GST/HST Credit Will You Get?

The amount of GST/HST credit you receive depends on your individual (or family) net income and number of children under age 19 in your household.

Payments are made on a July to June schedule and are based on your tax return for the previous year.

For example, for July 2020 to June 2021 payment period, your 2019 tax return is used (i.e. your net income for 2019). For July 2021 to June 2022 payment period, your tax return for the 2020 taxation year will be used.

If you are eligible to receive GST/HST credits based on your 2020 tax return, CRA will send you a GST/HST credit notice in July 2021.

How much will you get and what is the income threshold when you receive nothing?

For the July 2020 to June 2021 payment period that is based on your 2019 net income, you will receive GST/HST credits when your family income is less than:

Recipients who are single can get up to $451, married couples can get up to $592, plus up to $155 per child under age 19.

CRA has this useful calculator to estimate your GST/HST credit.

Pro Hint: You need to file a tax return to qualify for the GST/HST credit. Submit a return even if you don’t have any income to report for the year.

if your circumstances change e.g. your marital status or number of children, update your information by contacting the CRA directly or use My Account.

Provincial Programs and GST/HST Credit

The following provincial programs are administered by the CRA in conjunction with GST/HST payments: 

  • BC climate action tax credit
  • New Brunswick harmonized sales tax credit
  • Newfoundland and Labrador income supplement
  • Newfoundland and Labrador senior’s benefit
  • Nova Scotia affordable living tax credit
  • Ontario sales tax credit
  • Prince Edward Island sales tax credit
  • Saskatchewan low-income tax credit

If you qualify for any of these programs, your benefits are combined with your GST/HST credit payment.

Ontario’s sales tax credit is combined with the Ontario Trillium benefit.

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GST/HST Credit FAQs

Some of the popular questions relating to GST/HST credits are:

1) What are the payment dates for GST?

Typically, GST/HST credit payments are made on the fifth day (on or before) of July, October, January and April. Allow up to 10 working days before you contact CRA if you haven’t yet received your benefit.

2) What is the maximum income to qualify for GST?

A single individual would qualify for the GST/HST credit if their 2019 income was less than $47,527. For a couple with three children, the maximum threshold is $59,647. Refer to the table above for more scenarios.

3) Is GST credit based on income?

Yes, your net income (individual or household) and the number of children under age 19 in your case determine how much GST credit you receive.

4) How do I estimate my GST/HST credit?

You can use the calculator provided by the government here.

5) What is the Ontario Trillium Benefit?

The Ontario Trillium Benefit is a combination of three credits including the Northern Ontario energy credit, Ontario energy and property tax credit, and Ontario sales tax credit. Payments are issued on the 10th of each month.

Have a question about GST payments and amounts? Leave them in the comments.

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50 thoughts on “GST Payment Dates 2021: GST/HST Credit Explained”

    • i believe that the payment is paid to your bank account if that is set up, if not you will get a cheque in the mail the following week.

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  1. GST refund is 4 times a year??? I don’t know what the government of Canada is doing but last year they over sent me GST refund in which I had to repay some back. Now I noticed this year they seem to be doing it again as I already received 2 refund cheques, Jan.3, 2020 $77.93 and Jan.13, 2020 $111.27. Looks like I better not deposit them until I give them a call because I dont want them sending me another notice that I owe them money when they are the ones making a mistake. It beats me how a mistake like this can happen now for the second year???

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    • But for the fact that the payment of $77.93 on Jan 03rd is much less than the one you received on January 13th; I’d have thought that the 1st was for GST and the 2nd was for GST (Trillium) …. But in my experience with these payments, the GST(deposited around the 5th of month)is always much higher than the HST, deposited around the 10th day of the month). This is easily answered by now though. If the Feb., Mar. deposits are exactly the same or close as the January 13th deposit, then likely that is the amount you’re meant to recieve and not an error. Otherwise and on the contrary, if either there were no similar deposits on the days right around the 10th of each month – then indeed these payments have likely been sent in error and sadly will probably need to be reimbursed. (BTW – I completely agree that we should not be liable for any government errors, and as a result should be considered as”an error in the account holder’s favor.”

      Reply
  2. Erin Signi

    What is going on, Ive had no luck with any government chqs. I ve been trying to leave Vancouver to Vernon for 8 months. every time i get a head i get, I get strung around by government many problems are my income is only 365$ that s it. Jobs waiting for me to apply in person 6 hours away I have 50 50 shared custody. chq not deposited or they close an account my bank card not working now GST not mailed out to my father s address again because i m looking to relocate closer to my kids. my kids lines or down there school says there sick. I feel like i have led in my boots chip in my body when i head the direction i want my body is shaking like a magnet. False charge by my father who has been showing signs of mental stress confusion and repeating his days over and over again.They listen to him who is extremely sic. No phone no no home. I m i working for them and not aware. I ve lost everything everything and still alive. So why is the Canadian government sending wrong info to everyone i know family and friends love. I completely on my own and 0$ again. Stop now if it the governmemt i dont owe you any anything no explation no help and no time served. Most of us are being victims do to poor work ethics from some govenment employees. Human rights complains again i ll go. I ve almost died like many on the streets or unsafe areas do to lack of properly care for citizens Canadian from Government. But to the shelter to find answers from bank government and try to relocated my children again.

    You cant tell me they messed up again. I cant find my gst chq never mailed out or my father is confused i told the police he was sick.I got arrested for caring for my father who is my and families responsibility. WHAT
    I ll call again last year they had it organized to be mailed out to my fathers address or direct deposit to my bank. It s been a year I ve been trying to get answers?

    computers messed up again so stupid

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  3. I came to Canada on 2019 and I filed my taxes last week for the year 2019. Do I still have to send a separate GST/HST Credit Application? Or is it for only without income to file?

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  4. Is government pension considered part of family income? My wife earned $45k in 2019 and I receive a pension from CPP. Does this exclude us from receiving a GST rebate?

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  5. Very curious… As many other Canadian citizens are; times have proved tough amid this horrible moment in time. Would anyone have a more definitive answer as to the actual date or dates in which the GST “boost” will actually be deposited in our bank accounts?

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  6. Additionally, is there a proposed “top-up” for CPP recipients? Also, are the payments to be a one time, lump sum occurence or will they be spread out over the fiscal tax year?

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    • @David: I don’t think there’s a CPP top-up. CPP is directly from worker’s contributions so boosting payments to any degree will throw things off-balance. The easiest way to help is through direct payments like the economic response benefit as well as through social programs like the GST credit.

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  7. But for the fact that the payment of $77.93 on Jan 03rd is much less than the one you received on January 13th; I’d have thought that the 1st was for GST and the 2nd was for GST (Trillium) …. But in my experience with these payments, the GST(deposited around the 5th of month)is always much higher than the HST, deposited around the 10th day of the month). This is easily answered by now though. If the Feb., Mar. deposits are exactly the same or close as the January 13th deposit, then likely that is the amount you’re meant to recieve and not an error. Otherwise and on the contrary, if either there were no similar deposits on the days right around the 10th of each month – then indeed these payments have likely been sent in error and sadly will probably need to be reimbursed. (BTW – I completely agree that we should not be liable for any government errors, and as a result should be considered as”an error in the account holder’s favor.”

    Reply
  8. Hello, I recieve about 187$ quarterly for GST. How much will I receive for the month of April including the government boost? Thanks

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  9. Hi Enoch..
    I came to Canada in Nov 2019 n has filed
    Zero tax return last month.
    1. Am I eligible for GST/HST credit ?

    2. Do I have to fill out a separate application for that ?

    3. Any idea how much would I get … if I am eligible?

    Many thanks in advance. I am new to this country, so have no idea of how this works.

    Your help will be much appreciated.

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  10. As of 2020 I am no longer a Canadian resident, however I did pay and file taxes in Canada in both 2018 and 2019. I still received the GST/HST double payment on April 9th.
    The CRA is aware that I am no longer a resident and has already stopped my trillium benefit payments. Is this a mistake? Did I receive the GST/HST payment on April 9th by mistake???

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    • Deceased receive a GST/HST credit cheque on April 9th . T1 final returns have been filed and CRA notified about date of death.

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  11. I did not receive the amount I should have according to CRA website and according to my 2018 assessment. I have spoken to 2 different employees and they both could not give me an explanation. I only received $290, however, my annual GST/HST credit is higher. What else can I do?

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    • Hi , after I had my taxes done for 2019 I am now eligible for the gst
      I did get the regular gst payment on line the 7
      Will I also get the covid 19 extra gst ?
      Because it hasn’t come yet 🙁

      Reply
  12. I dd not get my GST payment on July 3,2020. I am registered and it always comes into my account at the Scotia.

    Reply
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