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Did you know?

You may be eligible for new or improved tax relief measures and services when filing your 2013 income tax and benefit return.

Important facts

First-time donor’s super credit – This new credit for first-time donors gives an extra 25% credit for cash donations when you claim your charitable donations tax credit. This means you can get a 40% federal credit for up to $200 in donations and a 54% credit for the part of donations that is over $200 but not more than $1,000. This is in addition to the provincial credit. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fdsc.

Family caregiver amount – If you have a dependant with an impairment in physical or mental functions, the additional amount you may be able to claim has increased to $2,040 when calculating certain non-refundable tax credits. For more information, go to http://www.cra.gc.ca/familycaregiver.

Pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) – The PRPP is a new retirement savings option for individuals, including those who are self-employed. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/prpp.

Adoption expenses – The period to claim adoption expenses has been extended for adoptions finalized in 2013 and later years.
Investment tax credit – Eligibility for the mineral exploration tax credit has been extended to flow?through share agreements entered into before April 1, 2014.

Tax-free savings account (TFSA) – The annual TFSA dollar limit increased to $5,500 on January 1, 2013, for the 2013 contribution year, and remains at that amount for the 2014 contribution year.

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