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Children’s Fitness Amount doubles the score

Posted October 16th 2014

Usually tax credits are announced during a federal budget and you have to wait a year before you can take advantage of them but, every once in a while, one will pop up before the year’s end.

In the fall of 2014, the government announced that it would be doubling the maximum claim for the Children’s Fitness credit from $500 to $1,000 starting on the 2014 tax return. This amounts to up to $150 in federal tax savings. Any registration fees paid for eligible activities in 2014 will qualify for the new, higher amount— including those paid prior to the announcement.

While the claim amount was increased, for 2014 the rest of the credit stays the same. There are no changes to the eligibility requirements. Children must be under the age of 16 at the start of the year to qualify. Disabled children must be under the age of 18, and will continue to receive an additional $500 if they incur at least $100 of eligible costs for a maximum claim of $1,500.

Starting in 2015, the government made the credit refundable, which means that more low-income families may be able to take advantage of the claim. Originally the credit was non-refundable, so you have to have paid income tax during the year in order to claim it. By making the credit refundable, you do not have to have paid income tax to get the benefit.

The change only applies to the Children’s Fitness Credit. The Children’s Arts Credit remains at $500 with all the same rules. But it serves as a great opportunity to help promote fitness with your kids, while getting a little back at tax time.


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