Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

August 25, 2011 16:39 ET

Minister Shea Highlights New Tax Credit for Parents

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) -

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, today visited the Gail Adams Studio of Art 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, Leslie Nielsen, or Jordan Eberle, parents should receive a tax credit to help pay for the programs that will help their children live out those dreams," said Minister Shea.

"This is all about kids getting to do the things that matter most to them. The children's arts tax credit means parents will spend less to sign their kids up for paid arts and cultural programs. This not only matters to families, it helps our service providers grow their businesses in our community," added Kelly Block.

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.

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea today visited Gail Adams Studio of Art 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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  • Nancy Bishay
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue

    Noel Carisse
    Canada Revenue Agency
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