Having a family is exciting, rewarding, and expensive. Here are some things to be aware of to help your money go further.
The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is intended to help families with costs associated with raising children. It’s tax-free and paid every month from the Federal Government. Your monthly payment depends on the number of children you have. You can apply to receive the CCTB online.
The Universal Child Care Benefit is a monthly payment of $100 per child under the age of six. These payments are taxable, but don’t affect eligibility for other government income-dependent programs.
The Child Disability Benefit is an additional benefit and paid out as part of the CCTB.
The government started this credit as a way to encourage families to be active and stay healthy. There are a lot of stipulations around the credit, so be sure to get a receipt from the organization your kids are signed up for the get the full benefit of the credit.
This credit has a number of guidelines around it as well, but it essentially gives you a credit for using buses, streetcars, subways, and commuter trains. Be sure to keep your receipts!
Child care expenses can be claimed if your kids go to daycare while you work or attend school. The amount you can claim varies depending on the age of your kids to an annual maximum.
Fees paid to a day nursery or camp may qualify as a child care expense if your child attended while you were going to work or school. For older children, post-secondary tuition fees may be claimed by the student or there may be an option to transfer amounts to their parent or grandparent.
RESPs are the best way to save for your children’s post secondary education. Contributions are not deductible, but the income earned is not taxed until it’s withdrawn in your child’s name. The government also kicks in extra to a maximum per year per child. Remember, the deadline is December 31.
Your basic GST/HST credit is increased for each child you have. Be sure to take advantage of all of these tax-related savings!
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