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The BC Sales Tax Credit was re-introduced in 2013 to help reduce the provincial tax payable for low-income families and individuals. You can claim up to $75 for yourself and for your spouse or common-law partner. If you entered your marital status as single, your credit will be reduced by 2% of your net income over $15,000 and eliminated altogether at $18,750.
If you are co-habiting with a spouse or common-law partner, your credit will be reduced by 2% of family net income over $18,000 and eliminated at $25,500.
You can claim this credit if, on December 31, you were a resident of British Columbia and you met any of the following conditions:
- You were 19 years of age or older;
- You had a spouse or common-law partner; or
- You were a parent of a child.
If you have a spouse or common-law partner on December 31, you and your spouse or common-law partner must decide which one of you will claim the sales tax credit for both of you.
Note: If you were confined to a prison or similar institution as of December 31st and resided there for more than 6 months of the tax year, you cannot claim this credit.
Before you begin, make sure you tell us that you lived in BRITISH COLUMBIA on December 31st of the 2015 tax year, in H&R Block’s tax software. To do this:
- Click the HOME
- Click the ABOUT YOU icon, and click the Your residence You will find yourself here:
If you are single, H&R Block's tax software automatically applies this credit to your return provided you meet the eligibility and net family income requirements.
If you have a spouse or common-law partner, then follow these steps in H&R Block’s tax software to claim the BC sales tax credit:
- Click the WRAP-UP tab.
- Click the OPTIMIZATION icon. You will find yourself here:
- Next to the Claim the British Columbia sales tax credit option, select whether you or your spouse or common-law partner is claiming the credit.
- BC tax credits (Government of British Columbia website)