B.C. Back-to-School Tax Credit

The B.C. Back-to-school tax credit was a non-refundable tax credit for parents of school age children to help with the cost of purchasing school supplies. The credit amount was $250 for each child, providing a tax benefit of up to $12.65 for each child. The credit was only available for the 2016 tax year.

You're eligible to claim the tax credit for the 2016 tax year if you:

  • were a resident of B.C. on December 31, 2016,
  • are a parent of a child who was aged 4 to 16 at the beginning of 2016, and
  • no other individual has claimed the credit for that child.

Claiming the Credit

You claim the credit when you file your T1 Income Tax Return. Enter the amount of the credit you are claiming on the British Columbia tax form (BC428).