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Federal Budget -> October 30, 2014 Update

October 30 2014 Federal Tax Update - Personal Income Tax Changes

All provisions were subsequently incorporated into Bill C-59, which received Royal Assent on June 23, 2015.

Family Tax Cut

The federal government is implementing a new Family Tax Cut in the form of a non-refundable tax credit, which is effective for the 2014 and later taxation years.  This would allow couples with children under the age of 18 to notionally split the income of the spouse with higher earnings, transferring up to $50,000 of taxable income to the lower income spouse in a taxation year.  Because this is being done as a non-refundable tax credit, it does not affect the calculation of provincial or territorial income tax.

The non-refundable credit, calculated based on the change in combined income tax of the couple resulting from the transfer of a notional amount of taxable income, could be used by either spouse, and may not exceed $2,000.

Our Canadian Tax and RRSP Savings Calculators include the Family Tax Cut.

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Enhanced for 2015

The government proposes to increase the monthly UCCB for children under 6 from $100 to $160, and proposes to introduce a $60 per month benefit for children age 6 to 17.  This would provide an additional $720 per year for each child under 18.  As with the existing UCCB, this amount is taxable in the hands of the lower income spouse, and a single parent can opt to include the benefit in the income of a dependent child for whom the eligible dependant amount is claimed.

This change would be effective as of January 1, 2015, but increased payments will not be available until July 2015.  The July 2015 payment would include up to 6 months of benefits to cover the January to June 2015 period.

Child Tax Credit Eliminated for 2015

Due to the increase in the UCCB in 2015, the Child Tax Credit, which is a non-refundable tax credit claimed on the tax return, will be eliminated for the 2015 and later taxation years. This would automatically eliminate the Family Caregiver Tax Credit amount that would be available for infirm minor children.  Legislative changes will be made to ensure that the Family Caregiver Tax Credit is still available for infirm minor children when the Child Tax Credit is eliminated.

There has been no change announced for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB), which provides monthly payments to eligible families.

Child Care Expense Deduction Increase for 2015

The government increased the maximum amount of the child care expense deduction by $1,000 per child, as follows:

bulletfrom $7,000 to $8,000 for each child under age 7
bulletfrom $4,000 to $5,000 for each child aged 7 to 16, and for infirm dependent children over 16
bulletfrom $10,000 to $11,000 for children who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit

Children's Fitness Credit Doubled for 2014

On October 9, 2014, the federal government announced in a news release that the Children's Fitness Amount Tax Credit will be doubled to $1,000 per child for 2014 and subsequent years, and that the credit will be made refundable effective for the 2015 and subsequent taxation years.

The Children's Fitness Credit was part of Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 16, 2014.

Department of Finance Resources

October 30, 2014 News Release

Backgrounder:  Helping Families Prosper - includes Family Tax Cut examples

Notice of Ways and Means Motion - October 30, 2014

Notice of Ways and Means Motion - March 24, 2015 - Family Tax Cut, increases to Child Care Expense Deduction limits, repeal of Child Tax Credit.

Bill C-57 Support for Families Act - March 27, 2015 - These legislative changes were subsequently incorporated into Bill C-59, which received Royal Assent on June 23, 2015.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Resources

Family Tax Cut

Revised: October 26, 2023


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