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Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB)
The Ontario Trillium Benefit is a refundable tax credit for low income taxpayers. This benefit was created by the Ontario 2011 budget, by combining the previous Ontario Sales Tax Credit (OSTC), Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit (OEPTC), and the Northern Ontario Energy Credit (NOEC). Monthly payments to eligible recipients began in July 2012. S. 103.2 of the Taxation Act states that "For July 2012 and subsequent months, an individual is eligible to be paid an Ontario Trillium Benefit for a month if he or she is resident in Ontario at the beginning of the month."
Many people don't realize that the 2012 tax return was used to calculate their 2013 tax credits, which began to be paid out in advance monthly starting in July 2013. Under the old system, these credits would not be received until the 2013 tax return was filed in 2014.
As per the Ontario 2013 Budget, the OTB has been modified so that, beginning with 2014 benefits, each recipient can choose to receive the benefit either monthly in advance or wait for a year to get single payment at the end of the benefit year, unless the amount is $360 or less. Tax filers will choose which option they want when they file their 2013 income tax return in 2014.
Trillium Benefit Payment Options for 2014 Benefit
Tax Tip: With an annual payment over $360 you're getting your money much later!
The Sales Tax Credit portion of the Ontario Trillium Benefit is applied for by applying for the GST/HST credit on page 1 of your (or your spouse's or common-law partner's) tax return. For more information see CRA publication RC4210 - Ontario Sales Tax Credit.
The Energy and Property Tax Credit and Northern Ontario Energy Credit portions of the Ontario Trillium Benefit must be applied for by completing CRA Schedule 5006-TG ON-BEN Application for the Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant in the personal income tax package. You may qualify if, on the last day of the tax year, you resided in Ontario, and
Ontario Government Information Trillium Benefit
Tax Tip: File a tax return even if you have no income, to get the refundable tax credits.
Revised: February 10, 2016
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