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Filing Your Return  ->  Canada Workers Benefit -> 2019 Canada Workers Benefit vs 2018 WITB

Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) Factors for 2019 vs WITB for 2018

Income Tax Act s. 122.7

The Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) is a refundable tax credit.  The 2018 federal budget renamed this credit to the Canada Workers Benefit, and provides an enhanced benefit.  The following table shows the 2019 Canada Workers Benefit factors versus the 2018 WITB factors.  Where we indicate "couple", this refers to an individual with an eligible spouse or eligible dependent.

The 2019 Canada Benefit amounts in green print will be indexed annually for inflation after 2019.  The 2019 factors are from Bill C-74, Budget Implementation Act 2018, No. 1, which received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018.

All WITB amounts/factors which have been indexed annually for inflation appear in green print, and have been confirmed to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) amounts.

The amounts in purple print are calculated based on the other factors, and thus also increase with inflation increases.

The amounts below are those for most provinces and territories - normally Alberta, BC, Nunavut and Quebec have amounts that differ from these amounts.

Basic Benefit Factors

  2019 CWB 2018 WITB
Base amount of working income:
 - single person or couple $3,000 $3,000
% applied to excess of working income over base amount:
 - single person 26% 25%
 - couple 26% 25%
Maximum WITB refundable amount:
 - single person $1,355 $1,059
 - couple 2,335 1,922
Adjusted net income base amount:
 - single person $12,820 $12,016
 - couple 17,025 16,593
% applied to net income over base amount, to reduce the WITB:
 - single person 12% 15%
 - couple 12% 15%
Net income at which WITB is reduced to zero (when no disability supplement):
 - single person $24,112 $19,076
 - couple 36,483 29,407
Working income at which maximum WITB is reached:
 - single person $8,212 $7,236
 - couple 11,981 10,688

Disability Supplement Factors

  2019 CWB 2018 WITB
Base amount of working income:
 - single/couple $1,150 $1,150
% applied to excess of working income over base amount:
 - single/couple 26% 25%
Maximum WITB refundable amount for each disabled person:
 - per person $700 $529
Adjusted net income base amount:
 - single person $24,111 $19,073
 - couple 36,483 29,410
% applied to net income over base amount, to reduce the WITB:
 - If you had an eligible spouse and he or she also qualifies for the disability amount, the rate used is A.  In all other situations, the rate used is B.
 A 6% 7.5%
 B 12% 15%
Net income at which WITB is reduced to zero when there is a disability supplement:
 - single person (B) $29,944 $22,600
 - couple (B) 42,316 32,937
 - couple, both eligible for disability amount (A) 48,150 36,464

Revised: June 11, 2019

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