Tax season is upon us. But this year, 4 million Canadian families will find filing their taxes a little easier.
In October, Prime Minister Harper introduced the Family Tax Plan, which will provide families with an average tax savings and benefits of $1,140 in 2015. Low and middle-income families will receive two-thirds of the overall benefits provided by the package.
Unlike the Liberals who would take these new benefits away, and the NDP who want to impose national child care on parents, our Conservative Government is the only party who believes parents are the ones who know what is best for their children.
That’s why our Government is increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $160 per month for each child under the age of six – up from $100 per month. Parents will now receive $1,920 per child, per year.
We are also expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17. As of January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of $60 per month for children aged six through 17. Parents will receive $720 per child, per year.
All Canadian families with children under 18 benefit from these changes. In fact, since 2006, tax-relief measures introduced by the Harper Government have resulted in an approximately $3,400 tax reduction for an average family.
Not only has our Government lowered taxes, we are also making it easier to file your taxes. Did you know that over 80% of Canadians file online? Did you know that you can have your refund directly deposited in your bank account in as little as 8 days if you file your taxes online?
Our Conservative Government is delivering real results to hard-working Canadians. As our Prime Minister has said, our Government is fulfilling our promise to balance the federal budget. We are now in a position to fulfill our promise to help Canadian families balance theirs.
Robert Sopuck, MP