1/22/15


It may only be January but many people are already thinking about this year's upcoming tax season. Recently, the government rolled out some new points and H&R Block would like to tell you about them:


New tax credits for families could mean more money in your pockets

There are so many wonderful experiences that come with having children but there are also expenses. From childcare to extra-curricular activities to shoes that they quickly outgrow, the costs can quickly add up. Fortunately, our little ones also provide opportunities for many tax benefits and credits and this year, there are new tax credits that could result in greater tax savings for families.
Caroline Battista from H&R Block Canada walks us through the new tax credits:

  • Children’s Fitness Tax Credit Doubled: If your children are registered in activities such as swimming or martial arts, hang onto your receipts. The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit has doubled allowing you to claim up to $1,000 in expenses. You claim the receipts in the year you paid – not the year the activity takes place. The tax credit applies to children under 16 at the beginning of the year, or under 18 if they're eligible for the disability amount.
  • New Family Tax Cut: The Family Tax Cut is a limited form of income splitting that allows families with children under 18 to save when one spouse earns considerably more than the other. Eligible families can claim a non-refundable tax credit equal to the amount of tax savings that would be realized by transferring up to $50,000 worth of income from the higher-earning to the lower-earning spouse or common-law partner. Here’s how it would work assuming you are a double income family with two children: If you earned $60,000 per year and your spouse earned $12,000 per year, you would get a family tax cut of $1,260 based on what your taxes would have been if you each had income of $36,000. Families with only one spouse earning income will benefit the most from this credit. The maximum credit that you can claim is $2,000.

  • Increased Universal Child Care Benefit: There are some welcome changes to the UCCB. First, for parents with children under six, the monthly amount will increase to $160 (up from $100). Secondly, parents with children between six and 18 will now receive $60 a month – up to $720 for the year. The increase for January to June will be paid in a lump sum in July 2015 and the adjusted payments will arrive monthly after that. If you have not been applying for the CTTB, you must reapply for the UCCB using form RC66.

If you’re unsure of your eligibility for these new credits or need more information, an H&R Block tax professional can walk you through what’s new for your tax return this year. For more information please visit www.hrblock.ca.


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36 comments:

  1. We're somewhere in the middle. These new additions are completely new to me.

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  2. I'm a late filer..and yes, I knew, and I'm SO excited for them! Yay for an extra $120/month!

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  3. I'm really bad, I usually do mine after the deadline. Not by a huge amount, usually just a week or two, late but late is late! lol

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  4. I usually fill it out on time and I knew about the new additions. Victoria Ess

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  5. I am typically a late timer and that is not good :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. I did know about some of the new deductions and benefits but not all.

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  6. I am an early filer. I usually file in the first few days that they open up online filing. I have heard about the new family tax enhancements and they will benefit my family quite a bit this year.

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  7. Always an early filer. Yes we have heard of the family tax additions.

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  8. I usually file just on time. I haven't heard about the new tax changes for families. Thank you for enlightening me.

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  9. I'm a last minute filer. These tax tips would be more useful if we knew about them during the year (too late to keep receipts or enroll kids in for the 2014 year)

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  10. I'm a last minute filer. These tax tips would be more useful if we knew about them during the year (too late to keep receipts or enroll kids in for the 2014 year)

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  11. I am early. I didn't know anything about these family tax additions.

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  12. I'm would fit in the middle for filling and I knew about the new tax changes for families.

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  13. I like to file early to get it over with and yes I knew about the new tax credits.

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  14. I usually file my taxes on time. I am still familiarizing with the new additions to the #familytax

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  15. i am an early tax preparer and i knew of these additions just unsure about how it can effect my taxes

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  16. I'm generally a last minute filer. Reading up on the new family tax additions is on my to do list.

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  17. I am an early filer, but sometimes have to send an amendment as a late slip comes in!

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  18. I'm usually an early filer! I didn't know about the new family tax additions...I will look further into this! Thanks!

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  19. I'm an early filer and no I didn't know about the new family tax additions

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  20. generally wait until the beginning of march

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  21. Yes I knew about the new family tax additions but had not heard of the Child Fitness tax increase. That's great news! I always do my taxes a few weeks before the cut-off date so they are in on time. I do mine old school, by hand, but would like to use a service like H&R block instead.

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  22. I usually file early. I didn't know of the last #familytax addition. UCCB

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  23. we always do it really early, but i wasn't aware of these and i have shared them with family who fit the rules :) thanks!

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  24. I always late and did not know about the new family tax additions

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  25. I am an early filer. I did not know about the new family tax additions

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  26. Early for me , and I did not know about the familytax addition

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  27. We usually are early filers. I didn't know about some of the family tax additions, so this post has been helpful.

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  28. We are usually early filers. I didn't know about the family tax additions, so this post has been helpful.

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  29. we file closer to the end date, and i heard about the family tax addition

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  30. Late tax filler and know about #familytax addition.

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  31. I am typically an early tax filer,Yes I know about these new additions to #familytax

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  32. I'm typically an early tax filer. We often get a small refund that I'm always eager to receive :) I didn't know about the new family tax additions until yesterday and I couldn't be more thrilled. My Husband and I welcomed our first bundle of joy in November so these new changes will defiantly help us! Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

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  33. For myself I'm fairly early. But for the people I do their taxes for usually near the deadline.
    Yes, I knew about the new additions.

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