If you’re a recent graduate who is living and working in a remote resource region of Québec, you might be able to claim a tax credit specific to your situation. You can claim this tax credit on the TP-776.1.ND-V form if:
- You received eligible salary or wages during the year
- You lived in a remote resource region of Québec on December 31, 2018
- Your work is related to the field of study you recently graduated from and for which you received a recognized diploma
In addition, one of the following conditions must also be met:
- Your eligible employment began within 24 months following the date you either:
- successfully completed training that led to a recognized diploma* or
- received your master’s or doctoral degree
- You were entitled to this tax credit for a previous year and were resident in a remote resource region of Québec throughout the period beginning December 31, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2018
*A recognized diploma can be a Diploma of Vocational Studies, an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), or an Attestation of Vocational Education (AVE). However, this list isn’t complete. For a full list of recognized secondary and post-secondary diplomas, refer to page 3 of form TP-776.1.ND-V.
The maximum credit you can claim in a year is up to $3,000, with a lifetime limit of $8,000 to $10,000. The tax credit amount you’re claiming can’t exceed 40% of your eligible salary or wages. Keep in mind, you can’t claim this tax credit if you were self-employed.
Note: Revenu Québec requires that you complete a separate TP-776.1.ND-V form for each eligible employment. Unfortunately, H&R Block’s tax software currently allows you to only complete this form once. If you need to complete more than one TP-776.1.ND-V this year, we recommend that you contact one of our retail offices and speak to a Tax Expert – they’ll be happy to help! (fees will apply)
Do I live in a remote resource region?
If you live in one of the following regions, regional county municipalities (MRCs), and cities, you’ll be able to claim this credit:
- Bas-Saint-Laurent (region 01)
- Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (region 02)
- Abitibi-Témiscamingue (region 08)
- Côte-Nord (region 09)
- Nord-du-Québec (region 10)
- Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine (region 11)
- MRC d’Antoine-Labelle
- MRC de La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau
- MRC de Mékinac
- MRC de Pontiac and
- La Tuque, La Bostonnais and Lac-Édouard
Eligible salary or wages refers to the income earned from all eligible employment throughout the year. For the purposes of this tax credit, eligible employment refers to the work performed by an individual for a business located in a remote resource region of the province. The work must be related to the specialty in which he or she received training that led to them earning a recognized diploma.
The cumulative or lifetime amount claimable
- You started the employment after March 20, 2012 and it’s related to the field of specialization you received a recognized post-secondary diploma for
- You were a resident in a remote resource region in Québec from the end of 2017 to the end of 2018
- You were entitled to the credit:
- in a previous year for employment giving entitlement to the $10,000 cumulative limit or
- in a previous year for employment giving entitlement to the $8,000 cumulative limit and the employment you held in 2018 is new employment that began in the above-mentioned 24-month period
In all other cases, the cumulative amount to which you’re entitled to is $8,000.
Once you’ve reached the cumulative amount, you can no longer claim the tax credit. Visit the Revenu Québec website for more information on your claim amount.
Where do I claim this?
Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:
Before you begin, make sure you told us that you lived in Québec on December 31, 2018.
- On the PREPARE tab, click the IN THIS SECTION icon.
- In the Unused tuition amounts and student loans box, click the Add This Topic button.
- Click the STUDENTS icon. You'll find yourself here:
- Under the CREDIT AMOUNTS heading, select the checkbox labelled Tax credit for recent graduates working in remote resource regions (TP-776.1.ND-V), then click Continue.
- When you arrive at the page for the Tax credit for recent graduates working in remote resource regions, enter your information into the tax software.