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Tax Benefits

Did you know that as a caregiver of a senior, various federal and provincial tax benefits could be available to you? The same goes for your loved one. Here are the major tax benefits from both levels of government.


Federal Government | Canada Revenue Agency

 

Canada caregiver credit

If you take care of a person with a physical or mental infirmity, you may be entitled to one or more of the following amounts: amount for spouse or common-law partner, amount for an eligible dependant or Canada caregiver credit.

To be eligible, the person must be 18 years or older and dependant on you due to a physical or mental infirmity. Henceforth, you no longer need to live with the dependant to apply for the Canada caregiver credit.

Visit the New Canada caregiver credit page of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website, to learn about the details.

Tax benefits for seniors

Seniors and their spouses may enjoy various tax benefits. For example:

To see the full list, visit the page dedicated to seniors on the Canada Revenue Agency website.

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST TAX FRAUD
When we receive communications from Canada Revenue Agency, it is always best to use caution. In fact, some malicious people pretend to work for CRA to obtain money or personal information. Learning to recognize fraudulent communications can help you protect yourself. For more information, visit the Protect yourself against fraud page on the CRA website.

Government of Quebec | Revenu Québec

 

Tax credit for caregivers

This is a refundable tax credit with four components:

  • Tax credit for caregivers of a spouse;
  • Tax credit for caregivers housing an eligible relative (other than spouse);
  • Tax credit for caregivers cohabiting with an eligible relative (other than spouse);
  • Tax credit for caregivers who regularly and continuously assist a family member with a severe disability.

To learn the conditions of eligibility and find out more about this tax credit, visit the Tax credit for caregivers page of the Revenu Québec website.

Other tax benefits for caregivers

Caregivers of seniors and their families may benefit from other tax credits, such as:

You will find a full list in the Caregivers section of the Revenu Québec website.

Tax benefits for seniors

Seniors and their spouses may enjoy various tax benefits, in particular:

For more information, visit the sections Seniors and Loss of independence on the Revenu Québec website

Need assistance?

As you know, tax is a complicated matter. If you have any doubt, it is worth calling an accountant or a tax specialist to complete your return. Looking for a professional? Check out our Need assistance completing your return? page.


Sources

  • Revenu Québec and Canada Revenue Agency websites (consulted on February 18, 2019)
  • Reviewed by the Tax Department of Petrie Raymond, Chartered Professional Accountants - LLP

Updated: February 18, 2019