Filing taxes may not be your idea of fun, but it can make a big difference to your family's income. New financial supports such as the Canada Child Benefit can mean hundreds of extra dollars per month for low and middle income families who have children up to the age of 17. The only catch is, you must file your taxes in order to access this extra money!
For example, a family with 2 children and earning $28,000 a year could be eligible for a tax free benefit of $900 a month through the CCB –that's $10,800 per year! Families receiving social assistance are eligible for the benefit too, and it isn't deducted from Ontario Works or ODSP.
The City of Hamilton wants to make sure everybody who is eligible can access the money to which they are entitled, and is working with community partners and poverty-reduction organizations to develop a plan to expand free community tax clinics in Hamilton.
Stay tuned for more detailed information on free community tax clinics as soon as dates, times and locations are confirmed. In the meantime, please visit Get Ready to find out more about filing your taxes and receiving the Canada Child Benefit.