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Toronto, February 23, 2012
2012-018

Archived - Government Provides New Tax Relief to Caregivers

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today reminded Canadian families of a new federal tax credit that came into effect on January 1, 2012, to assist them in caring for their loved ones.

“Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian families through our low-tax plan for jobs and growth,” said Minister Flaherty in an address to the Canadian Cancer Society. “We recognize the sacrifices that many Canadians make to care for their loved ones, and the expenses involved in doing so.”

The Family Caregiver Tax Credit will provide new tax support for caregivers of infirm dependent family members. This 15-per-cent non-refundable tax credit on an amount of $2,000 will provide tax relief for caregivers of all types of infirm dependent relatives, including, for the first time, spouses, common-law partners and minor children. Canadians will be able to claim the credit on their tax returns for 2012 and beyond.

In addition to the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Budget 2011 also announced the removal of the $10,000 limit on the amount of eligible expenses a taxpayer can claim under the Medical Expense Tax Credit in respect of a financially dependent relative.

These measures complement the significant action taken by the Government since 2006 to support persons with disabilities and their families. These include:

For more information on tax relief available to Canadian families, visit the website of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

For more information on the new Family Caregiver Tax Credit, visit the websites of Budget 2011 and the Canada Revenue Agency.

For further information, media may contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080

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