How great is it that February has an entire day devoted to family? Almost all Canadian families are given an extra day to spend time with each other.
We wanted to give Canadian families another reason to celebrate Family Day, so we asked our friends at H&R Block to help us out. They came through (as always!) by reminding us of the credits and deductions families are entitled to.
There’s a new benefit in town and it’s called the Canada child benefit. It actually replaced the Canada child tax benefit and Universal child care benefits last year. Canadians may be entitled to this tax-free monthly payment that helps eligible families with the cost of raising children under the age of 18.
This is the last year to claim the Children’s arts tax credit and Children’s fitness tax credit. If your children participated in a program of artistic, cultural, recreational, or development activity (such as tutoring), you may be able to claim up to $250 of the fees paid, per child. If your children played hockey, took horse-back riding lessons, or participated in some other eligible program of physical activity, you may be able to claim up to $500 per child for the cost of registration in these programs.
Canadians who paid for daycare or a child care program such as a summer day camp may be able to claim these expenses.
If you have a child under the age of 18 who is eligible for the disability tax credit, you may be eligible to claim a transfer of the unused amount. If you are caring for a dependant with a physical or mental impairment, you may be able to claim the Family caregiver amount.