British Columbia (BC) Sales Tax Credit

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What is this?

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.   

 

Am I eligible?

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.

 

Where do I claim this?

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:

  1. Click the HOME
  2. 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

  1. Click the WRAP-UP tab.
  2. Click the OPTIMIZATION icon. You will find yourself here:
  3. 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.

 

Where can I learn more?