Tax Credits for Summer Camp

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There are numerous tax credits in Canada that apply to summer camps and private schools.

Last year (2007) the Children's Fitness tax Credit was put into place by the federal government. The tax credit, finalized last January applies to eligible amounts of up to $500.00 per child, for any child under the age of 16. Yo be eligible the child's camp can be either one full 5 day week or a one day a week camp that lasts at least 8 weeks.

The Fitness tax credit is calculated at 15.5% and applies to sports teams and many other fitness activities as well. for example, if you registered your child for soccer at a cost of $400, you would be eligible for a credit of $62.00. register that same child for a summer camp (even a soccer summer camp) at a cost of $500 and you could be eligible for an additional credit of $77.50. To learn more about the Child Fitness tax credit go here:

Of course there are many tax credits for private school parents.

Private school tax credits

Childcare deduction. For parents of private school students in Canada, a portion of the tuition can be claimed as a child-care deduction, for any child under 16. Portions of the day where your child is under supervised care - such as lunch hour - can be called "childcare." Your accountant can calculate what portion of the day is apportioned to "childcare" and not academic instruction and claim that percentage of your private school's tuition. If your child is in boarding school, a far greater portion of your tuition can be used for this purpose. You can get more Canadian tax and financial information from the Canada Revenue Agency at or through its tax information phone service at 1-800-267-6999.

Deduction for religious tax deduction. Many religious schools are registered as charities and can issue tax receipts for a portion of their tuition. For example, according to Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), up to 25 per cent of tuition is eligible for the religious instruction deduction. Some organizations also have umbrella organizations that qualify for a higher percentage of tuition write-off. Some secular schools that offer instruction in religion can also qualify. Get details from your accountant or the Canada Revenue Agency.

Medical expense tax credit. For children with special needs attending a private school with specially qualified staff, there is a calculation that can be applied. Since the tax credit involves a complex calculation, you should get specific details from your accountant or other tax expert or the Canada Revenue Agency.

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