Congratulations! If you have a new baby or a baby on the way, there are many benefits and credits you may be eligible to receive, and tax changes to consider.
Apply for child benefits
With the Automated Benefits Application (ABA), you can automatically apply for child benefits when registering the birth of your new baby. If you live in a province that has ABA and give your permission, you will automatically be applying or registering for:
- the Canada child benefit (CCB)– A tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising a child under 18
- the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit – A tax-free quarterly payment that helps families and individuals with low and modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay
- any related provincial programs – Most provinces and territories also have child and family benefits and credits, which families can receive in addition to the CCB and the GST/HST credit
Can you claim the working income tax benefit?
Your baby is considered an eligible dependent, which means you may now claim the working income tax benefit (WITB), or the amount you claimed before might increase. The WITB is a refundable tax credit that provides tax help for working low-income families and individuals. Eligible individuals and families may be able to apply for WITB advance payments, which are paid quarterly.
Save for your child’s education
It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s future education by contributing to a registered education savings plan (RESP). Programs such as the Canada education savings grant (CESG) and the Canada learning bond (CLB) are other reasons for creating an RESP for your child. These programs may provide incentives for using an RESP to save for a child’s education after high school (post-secondary education).
If you would like more information on how a new additional to the family can affect your family’s taxes, feel free to contact GB Pilley & Associates Ltd., Chartered Professional Accountants at 604 926 3522.