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Tax Tip: Children's Fitness and Arts Tax Credits

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/16/14 -- Did you know?

The children's arts tax credit and the children's fitness tax credit allow you to claim a 15% non-refundable tax credit on an amount up to $500 per child per credit on the fees you've paid in 2013 to register a child in a prescribed program of eligible activities. This can give you a credit of up to $75 per child per credit.

Important facts

--  Eligible activities for the children's arts tax credit include artistic
    or cultural activities such as art classes, piano lessons, and tutoring,
    as well as other activities that are intended to improve a child's
    dexterity or co-ordination.

--  Eligible activities for the children's fitness tax credit include
    strenuous games like hockey or soccer and activities such as golf
    lessons, horseback riding, sailing, and bowling, as well as others that
    require a similar level of physical activity.

--  You can claim these credits for your child, as well as for the child of
    your spouse or common-law partner.

--  The child must have been under 16 years of age (or under 18 years of age
    if eligible for the disability tax credit) at the beginning of the year
    in which the eligible expenses were paid.

--  You can claim an additional amount of $500 for each eligible child who
    qualifies for the disability amount and for whom you paid a minimum of
    $100 in registration or membership fees.

--  Two parents can claim eligible fees for the same child, as long as they
    do not claim the same fees and the combined amount is not more than
    $500.


Don't forget to save your receipts.

For more information on the children's arts tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/artscredit, and for the children's fitness tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fitness.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) online services make filing easier and let you get your refund faster

The CRA's online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund, and more. Sign up for direct deposit too! Your refund and any benefit or credit payments owed to you will be deposited directly into your account, putting your money in your pocket faster. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.

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