Child Tax Credits
Child Tax Credits
Supporting Your Children Is Less Costly Than You Think
If you have children, then you know how quickly unavoidable expenses can add up, but you probably aren’t aware of all the ways you can collect from the government through child tax credits.
The Canada Child Tax Benefit
Each month, the government provides parents living with children under 18 with a monthly payment to assist them with the costs of raising children.
The Canada Child Tax Benefit includes the Child Disability Benefit and, for low-income families, an additional amount called the the National Child Benefit Supplement.
As long as you are the primary caretaker of a child who is under 18, your Child Tax Benefit will be calculated based on:
- The number of children you have
- Your family’s net income
- Each child’s eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit
Essentially, the size of your monthly cheque will consist of a basic monthly amount of over $100 for each child, which is increased for additional children, increased further if your children are approved for the Disability Tax Credit, and decreased slightly if you have a high net income.
Tax Credits for Children with Disabilities
As part of the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the Child Disability Benefit qualifies families to receive a greatly increased monthly amount if they support one or more children who have been approved for the Disability Tax Credit. This tax credit isn't just for children! Visit our Disability Tax Credit page for more information.
The Child Disability Benefit can reach a maximum of just over $200 per child, per month. This means thousands of dollars a year in addition to the basic child tax benefit you are already receiving for each child!
Tax Credits for Children Enrolled in Arts or Fitness Programs
Participation in organized creative and athletic programs is important in keeping your children happy and healthy, but they are by no means inexpensive. To assist parents with these costs, the government has introduced two different child tax credits: fitness amount and, just recently, the arts amount.
You can claim up to $500 per child under 16, or for each disabled child under 18, in eligible expenses related to enrollment in arts programs, and $500 for fitness programs.
Eligible expenses are registration or membership fees for programs that are:
- At least 8 consecutive weeks long, or 5 days for camps
- Supervised and suitable for children
- For fitness programs, considered significant physical activity that improve muscle strength, conditioning, flexibility or endurance
- For arts programs, providing artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity
If you enroll your children in such prescribed programs, getting a bigger tax return is as easy as keeping your receipts so that you can deduct a combined total of $1000!
Even More Child Tax Credits
The Child Tax Credit system also recognizes your need to finance child care services while you are at work, school, or running a business. Depending on your net income and marital status, you can deduct the costs of:
- Day care
- Educational institutions
- Day camps/sports
- Boarding schools
How Do I Start Benefitting from All of These Child Tax Credits?
The taxation experts at Blackthorn Bookkeeping have years of experience attaining tax credit approvals and providing clients with the highest possible tax returns from every tax credit for which they are eligible.
With our help, you can stop worrying about the costs of childcare and start benefitting from them.
Contact us today for a consultation that's free and information that's invaluable!