Amounts that are not taxed

You do not have to report certain amounts in your income, including the following:

  • any GST/HST credit or Canada child tax benefit payments, as well as those from related provincial and territorial programs;
     
  • child assistance payments and the supplement for handicapped children paid by the province of Quebec;
     
  • compensation received from a province or territory if you were a victim of a criminal act or a motor vehicle accident;
     
  • lottery winnings;
     
  • most gifts and inheritances;
     
  • amounts paid by Canada or an ally (if the amount is not taxable in that country) for disability or death due to war service;
     
  • most amounts received from a life insurance policy following someone's death;
     
  • most payments of the type commonly referred to as strike pay you received from your union, even if you perform picketing duties as a requirement of membership; and

    Note
    Income earned on any of the above amounts (such as interest you earn when you invest lottery winnings) is taxable.

  • most amounts received from a tax-free savings account (TFSA). For more information, see Guide RC4466, Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), Guide for Individuals.

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