Automatic Payment of the Solidarity Tax Credit to 40,000 Social Assistance Recipients Who Did Not File Income Tax Returns
Under Québec's tax system, taxpayers are responsible for assessing, reporting and paying their income tax. However, for some social assistance recipients, this is difficult and may make it hard for them to receive the solidary tax credit.
The tax legislation will therefore be amended so that individuals who meet the following requirements can receive the basic amount of the Québec sales tax (QST) component of the credit without filing an income tax return:
- they received benefits under the Social Assistance Program, the Social Solidarity Program or the Aim for Employment Program for the month of December; and
- they had yet to file an income tax return by September 1 of the following year.
The $292 basic amount for the period from July 2019 to June 2020 will be paid by June 2020.
Despite this new measure, it is important to remember that filing an income tax return is the only way for taxpayers to receive all the benefits they are entitled to. Free help completing their returns is available through the Income Tax Assistance — Volunteer Program.