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Text Box: TAX TIPS—PERSONAL

Donations:
One spouse can claim all the donations for the family.
Donations are usually claimed by the higher earner in the family.
Make sure receipt states WHO the receipt is for; if no name appears, please pencil in the name of the person who made the donation (i.e. Walmart receipt charity donations, etc.)
For information on which donations are claimable for income tax go to:
	DONATIONS & GIFTS

Medical Expenses:
One spouse can claim all the medical expenses for the family.
Medical expenses are usually claimed by the lower earner in the family.
To determine if you have enough medical to claim, multiply your net income by 3%; if your total medical expenses are less than this amount, you will not be able to claim medical expenses.
Make sure receipt states WHO the receipt is for; if no name appears, please pencil in the name of the person who it applies to.
If you have a medical/dental/drug plan you can claim the premiums YOU pay.
If you have a medical/dental/drug plan you can ONLY claim any expenses not paid by your plan.  For example, if you have a dental bill for $100 and your plan pays $80, you can only claim the difference $100 - $80 = $20.00.
For information on which medical expenses are claimable for income tax go to: 
	MEDICAL EXPENSES  

Tuition & Education:
Certain tuition and education is claimable; your educational institute should provide you with a tax receipt if their fees are claimable.  Please use the link at the bottom of this section if you did not receive a receipt and you think your fees should be claimable.  You may need to call the government if you are still not sure; they keep a list of institutions that qualify.
If you don’t think you will have to pay taxes, you should still enter your tuition and education amounts.  These can be transferred to a parent (use the link for further details) OR they can be carried forward to another tax year.
For information on tuition & Education go to: 
	TUITION & EDUCATION
 	
Student Loan Interest:
You can claim the interest you paid on a student loan.
For information on Student Loan Interest deductions go to:
	STUDENT LOAN INTEREST

Children’s Fitness Amount:
You can claim up to $500 per child for fees paid for programs of physical activity that were paid during the tax year.
Make sure receipt states WHO the receipt is for; if no name appears, please pencil in the name of the person who it applies to.
An address for the organization involved is required for the tax return, please make sure to include it.
For information on eligible fees go to:
	FITNESS AMOUNT

Children’s Art Amount:
You can claim up to $250 per child for fees paid for artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity that were paid during the tax year.
Make sure receipt states WHO the receipt is for; if no name appears, please pencil in the name of the person who it applies to.
An address for the organization involved is required for the tax return, please make sure to include it.
For information on eligible fees go to:
	ART AMOUNT

Childcare Expenses:
You may be able to claim expenses paid for childcare.  If you have a private sitter, you will need a tax receipt with their SIN number.
Childcare expenses include daycare, nursery school, SOME summer camps, etc.
Make sure receipt states WHO the receipt is for; if no name appears, please pencil in the name of the person who it applies to.
An address for the Daycare/Babysitter involved is required for the tax return, please make sure to include it.
A SIN # is also required for private child care (i.e. babysitter) claims. 
For information on eligible child care expenses got to:
	CHILDCARE EXPENSES

Public Transit Amount:
If you use public transportation to get to work, you may be able to claim it.
For information on eligibility go to:
	PUBLIC TRANSIT

Home Buyer’s Amount:
A tax credit is available for eligible home buyers.
To see if you meet the requirements go to:
	HOME BUYER’S 

Volunteer Firefighters:
Volunteer firefighters can claim a deduction if they meet specific criteria.
To see if you meet the requirements go to:
	VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

Employment Expenses:
You may be able to claim certain employment expenses based on your work situation.
You will need to get a form completed by your employer that specifies the conditions of your employment.  The link to obtain this form can be found using the Employment Expenses link listed below.
For more information on eligibility and expenses that you can claim go to:
	EMPLOYMENT EXPENSES



***Check-list Form — EXCEL
			
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This check-list will help you to make sure you have all the information gathered that you will need to complete your taxes.  You do not have to send this in, but we suggest that you use it BEFORE you bring your taxes to have them completed; it can save you time and money!!