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The Government has doubled the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) and made it refundable to further help families who enroll their children in eligible fitness activities. Making the tax credit refundable ensures that even those who do not earn enough to pay income taxes can benefit from this credit.

Parents will be able to take advantage of the new $1,000 maximum limit in the spring of 2015 when they file their tax returns for 2014. The credit will be made refundable beginning in the 2015 tax year, increasing benefits to low-income families claiming it for that year and subsequent years.

The CFTC was introduced by the Government in 2006 to help promote physical fitness among children by making it more affordable for Canadian families to register their kids in fitness activities. The enhancements to the CFTC fulfill a commitment made by the Government in 2011. The enhancements will deliver additional tax relief to about 850,000 families who enroll their children in eligible fitness activities.

Eligible programs must be ongoing, supervised and be suitable for children.  They must also develop cardio-respiratory endurance and flexibility, balance, or muscular strength or endurance.

Sport and physical activity programs recommended by Canadian Sport for Life should all be eligible for the tax credit.  There’s a simliar tax credit for children’s artistic and cultural programs.

Click here to find out more about Manitoba's Fitness Tax Credit.



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