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Quebec's Solidarity Tax Credit Gives Money Back To Low-Income Quebecers — Here's How It Works

And who's eligible.

A Quebec flag flies outside a home in Montreal. Right: Canadian cash lies in a pile.

A Quebec flag flies outside a home in Montreal. Right: Canadian cash lies in a pile.

Amid their province's heinous cost-of-living era, Quebecers might be looking for some extra cash. Luckily for some of us, the Quebec Solidarity Tax Credit, supplied by Revenu Québec, can give you as much as $800, spread out in multiple payments across 2023 and 2024.

Revenu Québec considers the tax credit as a form of social assistance, using direct deposit or mailed checks to give back to Quebecers a portion of what is taken from us in income tax.

If your income is above a certain threshold, you might be ineligible for the credit, since the province considers higher-earning individuals as not needing this particular form of social assistance.

What is the Solidarity Tax Credit in Quebec?

It's a refundable tax credit assigned based on determined need and income. Some eligible households may be able to get over $800. The credit is intended for "low- and middle-income families," according to Revenu Québec.

The tax credit is made of three components: a housing component to offset the cost of rent, another to offset the provincial sales tax (TVQ, or QST in English) and one for individuals living in northern villages. You might not qualify for all three components, but you can still claim the credit so long as you qualify for at least one.

Who is eligible for the Quebec Solidarity Tax Credit?

To be eligible in 2023, according to Revenu Québec, you must have, as of December 31, 2022, been living in Quebec as a citizen, permanent resident, protected person or documented temporary resident of Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the prior 18 months.

Also as of December 31, 2022, you must have been 18 years old or, if you were younger, had a spouse or child with whom you lived, or been an emancipated minor.

If you're imprisoned or receiving retirement credits from the government, you're unfortunately ineligible.
Single individuals who earned over $58,527 in 2022 are also ineligible.

How do you claim the Solidarity Tax Credit?

First, you'll need to make sure you're registered for direct deposit with Revenu Québec. You'll also need to have filed your income tax return for the previous year. To ensure an eligible individual gets the full amount to which they are entitled, Revenu Québec warns, they specifically need to fill out a document titled Schedule D.

Schedule D requests applicants' personal information, information about their spouse and information about their apartment and landlord.

The tax collecting agency warns that those who fail to file Schedule D may see their Solidarity Tax Credit payments delayed.

How is Quebec's Solidarity Tax Credit calculated?

The tax credit takes into account income, living situation, marital status and dependents to calculate what you may receive. For a more accurate estimate of your personal situation, Revenu Québec has a payment estimator to help you out. The credit value can range from $0 to over $800.

When will I receive my Solidarity Tax Credit from Revenu Québec?

It depends on how much you're getting back based on your 2022 income tax return. For payments over $800, you'll receive monthly installments from July 2023 to June 2024, according to Revenu Québec. For payments between $241 and $799, you'll get paid quarterly in July and October 2023, and January and April 2024. If your credit is $240 or less, you'll have received it in July 2023.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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