Many folks often hear that if you have a low- or no- earned income, you don’t need to file an income tax return—BUT this is one of the most important benefit applications you can complete!
When you file your annual income tax form you let the government know if you qualify for benefits that come from both Canada and Alberta.
If you want to check for yourself what these include, go to the Government of Canada’s Benefits Finder. Answer the questions and you can get a list of benefits you may be eligible for like the Canada Child Benefit and the GST credit. The Benefits Finder does not collect or track your information and the more questions you answer, the more customized your results will be.
If you are in Calgary, Fair Entry may have programs and services that you can use but you will need the “Notice of Assessment” that you receive after your taxes have been filed when you apply.
Need help filing your Income Tax?
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a free service available to people living on a low income and who have a simple tax situation.
You can also call 211—they have a list of all the clinics in Calgary—or go to the Inform Alberta website and search for “tax clinics.”
Are you eligible for credits and benefits? Some examples:
|The Benefit||What it is||The Amount||More infomation|
|Canada child benefit||The Canada child benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families. You may get:||Up to:$6,400/year for each child under the age of 6.
$5,400/year for each child age 6 years to 17 years
|http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/clcltr/cfbc-eng.htmlBenefit enquiries line 1-800-387-1193|
|Goods and services/harmonized sales tax credit (GST)||The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free payment that helps individuals and families with low income. It is sent out four times a year. You may get:||Up to:$552/year for a family without children
$421/year for a single individual
An additional $145/year for each child
|http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/gsthst/menu-eng.htmlBenefit enquiries line 1-800-387-1193|
|Alberta Carbon Levy Rebates||Rebates are provided to lower- and middle-income Albertans to offset costs associated with the carbon levy. Single Albertans who earn $47,500 or less, and couples, single parents and families who earn $95,000 or less. Additional households will receive a partial rebate.||Full rebate: $200 for an adult, $100 for a spouse and $30 for each child under 18 (up to four children)||http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/rltd_prgrms/lbcldr-eng.html