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Income Splitting for Families with Children under Age 18 and Other Measures

December 22, 2014

On October 30, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families. “Our Government is fulfilling its promise to balance the federal budget. We are now in a position to fulfill our promise to help Canadian families balance theirs.” Furthermore “Our Government is focused on helping hard-working Canadian families make ends meet, by making important priorities like child care and after-school sports more affordable. Under this plan, every family with children will have more money in their pockets, to spend on their priorities as a family.”
 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The new measures include:

  • The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax credit that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket. The credit will provide tax relief – capped at $2,000 – for couples with children under the age of 18, effective for the 2014 tax year. The Family Tax Cut will eliminate or significantly reduce the difference in the federal tax payable by a one-earner couple relative to a two-earner couple with a similar family income. Families can claim the Family Tax Cut in the spring of 2015 when they file their 2014 tax returns.
  • Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $160 per month for each child under the age of six – up from $100 per month. In a year, parents will receive up to $1,920 per child.
  • Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $60 per month for children aged six through 17. In a year, parents will receive up to $720 per child.
  • Families will begin to receive payments under the enhanced UCCB in July 2015. The July UCCB payment will include up to six months of benefits to cover the period from January through June 2015. The enhanced UCCB will replace the existing Child Tax Credit for the 2015 and subsequent taxation years.
  • Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000, effective for the 2015 tax year. The maximum amounts that can be claimed will increase to $8,000 from $7,000 for children under age seven, to $5,000 from $4,000 for children aged seven through 16 and to $11,000 from $10,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • All families with children will benefit from the new measures introduced by our Government. The average tax relief and benefits for these families will be $1,140 in 2015.
  • Earlier in October, the Government doubled the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and made it refundable. The maximum amount of expenses that may be claimed under the credit has been doubled from its current limit to $1,000 for the 2014 tax year and subsequent tax years, and the credit will be made refundable effective for the 2015 and subsequent tax years.

Information was obtained from http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/10/30/pm-announces-tax-cuts-increased-benefits-families


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