British Columbia (BC) Sales Tax Credit

Meant to help out low-income Canadians in British Columbia, the refundable BC Sales Tax Credit can be claimed if you were a resident of the province on December 31st and at least one of these conditions applies to you:

  • You’re at least 19 years old
  • You had a spouse or common-law partner or
  • You’re the parent of a child

You can claim up to $75 for yourself and $75 for your spouse. Keep in mind that this credit is income-based and will be reduced by 2% of your family’s net income over $18,000 and stopped at $25,500. You’ll need to decide which one of you is going to claim the sales tax credit.

If you’re single, your credit will be reduced by 2% of your net income over $15,000 and stopped at $18,750.

Note: You can’t claim this credit if you spent more than 6 months in prison this year.


Where do I claim this?

Before you begin, make sure you tell us that you lived in British Columbia on December 31, 2016.

If you’re single, H&R Block's tax software automatically applies this credit to your return as long you meet the eligibility and net family income requirements. Otherwise, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Under the WRAP-UP tab, click the OPTIMIZATION icon. You'll find yourself here:


  2. In the section labelled Here are the additional credits we've claimed for you, select Yes to the question Would you like to change who'll be claiming the following credit(s)?.

  3. In the drop-down menu next to the question, Who do you want to claim the British Columbia sales tax credit?, choose the person who will claim this credit.