Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

August 23, 2011 15:53 ET

Minister Shea Highlights New Tax Credit for Parents

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2011) -

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, today visited the Manitoba Conservatory of Music to promote the children's arts tax credit, a new non-refundable credit passed this year in the 2011 federal budget.

"Parents whose children participate in paid artistic, cultural, recreational, and developmental programs will now enjoy the same benefit as parents whose children participate in paid programs of physical activity. Our Government believes whether a child is inspired by Justin Bieber, Neil Young or Cindy Klassen, parents should receive a tax credit to help pay for the programs that will help their children live out those dreams," said Minister Shea.

"The Children's Arts Tax credit will help Winnipeg families send their kids to great arts and music classes right here in our community", added Rod Bruinooge. "I'm happy that parents of children who are more artistically inclined will have access to this credit."

In addition to fitness programs covered by the children's fitness tax credit, parents can now claim money spent on programs that focus on fine arts, music, performing arts, outdoor wilderness training, learning a language, studying a culture, tutoring, and more. When parents claim the children's arts tax credit—up to a maximum of $500 of the cost of programs—they save as much as $75 at tax time per child claimed.

To find out if your child's program is eligible for the children's arts tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/artscredit.

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea today visited Manitoba Conservatory of Music to promote the new children's arts tax credit. The credit can save parents up to $75 at tax time when they claim of the costs of artistic, cultural, recreational and developmental programs for their children.

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    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
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    Canada Revenue Agency
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