How to Apply for the BC Renter Credit: A 2024 Step-by-Step Guide

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Key Takeaway Box:

  • The BC renter credit is a new income-tested tax credit for renters in BC, starting in 2024
  • To apply for the credit, you need to file your 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return and report your rent paid and your adjusted income
  • You also need to meet the eligibility criteria, such as renting an eligible rental unit in BC for at least six one-month periods in the year and having an adjusted income of less than $80,000
  • The credit will be calculated automatically by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the province and applied to your tax payable or refund
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Introduction | BC Renter Credit

If you are a renter in BC, you may be wondering how to apply for the new BC renter credit that was announced in the 2023 budget. The BC renter credit is a tax credit that can help you save money on your taxes if you have a low or moderate income and pay rent for your rental unit in BC¹.

The credit is available for the 2023 and subsequent tax years, and you can start applying for it on your 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return when you file your personal income tax in spring 2024².

In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the BC renter credit, including the eligibility criteria, the credit amount, and the application process. We will also answer some frequently asked questions about the credit and provide you with some useful resources.

By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of how to apply for the BC renter credit and how it can benefit you. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

The first step to apply for the BC renter credit is to check if you are eligible for the credit. To be eligible for the credit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • During the year, you occupied an eligible rental unit in BC under a tenancy agreement, licence, sublease agreement or similar arrangement for at least six one-month periods
  • Rent was paid for that rental unit
  • On December 31 of the tax year, you were a resident of BC and you were:
    • 19 years of age or older, or
    • A parent, or
    • Cohabiting with a spouse or common-law partner

You cannot claim the BC renter credit if you:

  • Are the cohabitating spouse or common-law partner of a renter who has already claimed the credit for the tax year
  • Were confined to a prison or similar institution on December 31 of the tax year and were confined for periods totalling more than six months during the year
  • Were an employee of a foreign country or a family member or a servant of the employee of a foreign country
  • Die before the end of the year

Rent does not include amounts paid:

  • To non-arms length landlords, such as parents, siblings or relatives
  • Under a rent-to-own plan
  • By your employer for accommodation that is not required to be included in your income
  • For a campsite, moorage or manufactured home site

An eligible rental unit is a living accommodation in BC. This could be a rental unit in a single-family dwelling, apartment, condominium, townhouse, basement suite, detached suite, carriage house, or similar type of accommodation².

A rental unit in the following types of accommodations may be considered an eligible rental unit if the unit is rented for at least six one-month periods in the year and rent was paid for that rental unit:

  • Co-operative housing
  • College and university dormitories
  • Long-term care facility
  • Shared housing (roommates)²

If you are not sure if you are eligible for the credit, you can use the BC renter credit eligibility calculator to find out.

Step 2: Gather Your Documentation

The next step to apply for the BC renter credit is to gather your documentation. You will need to have the following information ready when you file your 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return:

  • Your net income and your spouse or common-law partner’s net income (if applicable) with certain adjustments. These adjustments are the same as those used in the calculation of adjusted family net income for determining other tax credits².
  • The amount of rent you paid for your rental unit in BC in 2023. You may need to provide proof of rent paid, such as receipts, invoices, bank statements, or a letter from your landlord².
  • The name and address of your landlord or the person you paid rent to.
  • The address and type of your rental unit in BC².

You may also need to provide other information, such as your social insurance number, your date of birth, your marital status, and your residency status.

You can find more information on what documents you need to file your income tax return on the CRA website.

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Step 3: File Your Income Tax Return

The final step to apply for the BC renter credit is to file your 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return. You can file your income tax return online, by mail, or in person.

The easiest and fastest way to file your income tax return is online. You can use the CRA’s online services, such as My Account, NETFILE, or Auto-fill My Return, to file your return electronically and get your refund faster.

To file your income tax return online, you will need to:

  • Register for a CRA My Account or login if you already have one
  • Choose a certified software or web application that suits your needs. You can find a list of certified software and web applications on the CRA website.
  • Follow the instructions on the software or web application to complete your income tax return. You will need to report your rent paid and your adjusted income on the appropriate lines. The software or web application will calculate your BC renter credit automatically and include it in your return.
  • Review your return and make sure all the information is correct and complete.
  • Submit your return electronically using NETFILE. You will receive a confirmation number from the CRA once your return is accepted.
  • Keep a copy of your return and your confirmation number for your records.

You can also file your income tax return by mail or in person. You will need to:

  • Get a paper copy of the 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return and the 2023 General Income Tax and Benefit Guide from the CRA website, a postal outlet, a Service Canada office, or a CRA tax services office
  • Fill out your income tax return by hand. You will need to report your rent paid and your adjusted income on the appropriate lines. You can use the BC renter credit worksheet to calculate your credit amount and enter it on your return.
  • Review your return and make sure all the information is correct and complete.
  • Attach all the required documents and receipts to your return.
  • Mail your return to the CRA or drop it off at a CRA tax services office. You can find the mailing address or the location of the nearest tax services office on the CRA website.
  • Keep a copy of your return and your documents for your records.

You can check the status of your return and your refund on the CRA website or by calling the CRA’s automated service at 1-800-959-1956².

Conclusion

The BC renter credit is a new tax credit that can help you save money on your taxes if you are a renter in BC with an income of less than $80,000. To apply for the credit, you need to file your 2023 T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return and report your rent paid and your adjusted income. You also need to meet the eligibility criteria, such as renting an eligible rental unit in BC for at least six one-month periods in the year. The credit will be calculated automatically by the CRA for the province and applied to your tax payable or refund.

We hope this guide has helped you understand how to apply for the BC renter credit and how it can benefit you. If you have any questions about the credit or your application, you can contact the CRA or visit their website for more information. You can also check out the province’s website for more details about the credit and other tax and benefit programs.

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Source: Conversation with Bing, 2024-02-08 (1) B.C. renter’s tax credit – Province of British Columbia. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/income-taxes/personal/credits/renters-tax-credit. (2) B.C. renter’s tax credit – Province of British Columbia. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/income-taxes/personal/credits/renters-tax-credit. (3) Everything you need to know to get the BC renter’s tax credit. https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-renter-tax-credit. (4) B.C. renter’s tax credit – Province of British Columbia. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/income-taxes/personal/credits/renters-tax-credit.

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