Yes, Virginia, that HST cheque actually is in the mail
Ontario is now sending out the second of three Ontario Sales Tax Transition Benefit cheques to those who qualify.
The temporary relief plan was introduced by the McGuinty government to help take some of the sting out of the HST, a controversial tax change that took effect last July, and win back the hearts and minds of Ontario voters.
The benefit goes out in three instalments with a total maximum of $300 for individuals and $1,000 for families, including those headed up by single parents. Most consumers can expect their current cheque to be $100, whereas families will get $335.
To qualify for the current payout – which is not a taxable benefit and doesn’t count as income either – you must have been a resident of Ontario at the end of November and have filed income tax returns for the past two years.
You’re out of luck, however, if you’re under the age of 18 (unless you’re supporting a child), have been in jail for more than 90 days this year or are behind in your child support payments.
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money