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The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is working with Revenu Quebec to identify a process and procedure for First Nations individuals living on-reserve to apply for the housing component of the Quebec solidarity tax credit.

The solidarity tax credit is a refundable tax credit for low- and middle-income families in Quebec.

The table located below, from the Revenu Quebec website, can be used to calculate whether you would be eligible for the solidarity tax credit. To be eligible, your maximum family income on Dec. 31, 2016 must not have exceeded the following:

• For individuals with a spouse, $55,828 plus $2,009 per child

• For single-parent families - $51,279 plus $2,009 per child

• For individuals without a spouse or child - $51,279.

The solidarity tax credit has three components:

1. The housing component

2. The QST component

3. The component for individuals living in northern villages

To receive the credit, you must claim it when you file your Quebec tax return. You must also meet the applicable requirements.

To receive the housing component, you must be able to prove that you or your spouse (if applicable) was the owner or a tenant or subtenant of an eligible dwelling in Quebec on December 31, 2016.

Revenu Quebec has committed to mailing a letter to those who reside in Quebec. This letter will contain information on an interim procedure for filing the required RL-31 slips. This procedure will allow Revenu Quebec to identify you as a First Nations person living on-reserve.

Should you choose to file your taxes before receiving this letter, Revenu Quebec will likely not consider you eligible for the housing portion of the solidarity tax.

Should you file your taxes after receiving the letter, Revenu Quebec would have the information to set your file aside as a First Nations individual living on-reserve. Your eligibility for solidarity tax housing portion would be evaluated after a solution has been identified.

If you have any questions concerning MCA's discussions with Revenu Quebec on the housing component of the solidarity tax credit, please contact MCA's Liaison Officer Natalie Jacobs at 613-575-2250 ext. 2232 or email


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