Making a family is not just an emotional decision but also a financial decision. Many couples discuss their finances before making major decisions like marriage or a child. Planning for a child involves a lot of expenses. Most of the time, one parent gives up his/her full-time job to care for the child. Canada is an expensive place, and for most families, it becomes difficult to manage expenses with only one person earning. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) shares some of your financial burdens by offering parents Canada Child Benefit (CCB) of up to $8,000 in 2021.
The CRA gives a tax-free cash benefit every month to parents of children below 18 years of age. The idea is to help low and mid-income earners raise children. Hence, the CRA calculates the CCB depending on the child’s age, adjusted family net income (AFNI), and the number of children. You can continue getting the CCB if you file your tax returns regularly.
The last date to file your tax returns is April 30. The CRA will assess your returns and accordingly calculate your CCB for the July 2021-June 2022 period. It will then credit the amount between the 18th and 20th of every month. All you have to do is register your child’s name with the CRA when you collect your child’s birth certificate.
Only a parent or custodian of a child can get the CCB, and the beneficiary should be a Canadian resident. A foster parent can’t claim the CCB.
Every year, the CRA adjusts all its benefits, including the CCB, for inflation. For the July 2021-June 2022 period, you can get a CCB of $6,833 for a child under six, which is lower than last year’s $6,765. The CCB reduces to $5,765 for a child between six and 17 years of age, which is lower than last year’s $5,708.
The CRA is giving a special relief in 2021 if your AFNI is less than $120,000. If your child is below six, you will get an additional $300/quarter in temporary CCB. However, this benefit will stop if your kid turns six before December. For instance, Joey and Janet have four-year-old twins, and their AFNI is $32,000. They will get a total CCB of $8,033 per child ($6,833 in normal CCB + $1,200 in temporary CCB).
It is not every year the CRA gives such generous additional tax-free benefit. This is a good time to use this benefit and make it last longer in your Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). Use this benefit to protect your child’s future. The future is in technology as the world adopts the 5G, cloud, artificial intelligence, and autonomous cars. And this time, Canadian companies are playing a key role.
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