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Family Caregiver Amount (FCA) Tax Credit - replaced for 2017 and later years
The Federal 2017 Budget eliminated the 3 existing caregiver credits, which include the Family Caregiver Amount, Infirm Dependant Amount, and Caregiver Amount, and replaced them with the new Canada Caregiver Credit, effective for 2017 and later years. The elimination of the Family Caregiver Amount federally also eliminates it for Yukon, because their legislation for this depends on the federal credit. The provinces and other territories have legislation for this credit that does not depend on the federal credit. Yukon would have to revise their legislation to retain this tax credit. We've updated the non-refundable personal tax credits, but have not removed this credit from Yukon yet for 2017.
Income Tax Act s. 118(1)
The Family Caregiver Amount Tax Credit (FCA) has been available since the 2012 taxation year. Yukon also has the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, but not other provinces or territories. The family caregiver amount tax credit can be claimed in the Detailed Canadian Income Tax & RRSP Savings Calculator, starting with the 2016/2017 version.
This is a non-refundable tax credit based on an amount of $2,000, at the lowest tax rate of 15% federally, 7.04% for Yukon. This tax credit is increased annually for inflation. One family caregiver amount is available in respect of each infirm dependant. A letter from a qualified medical professional is required in order to claim this tax credit.
The $2,000 is indexed for inflation, and is $2,121 for 2016 ($2,150 for 2017 - same in Canada Caregiver Credit). The amount is noted at the bottom of the tables of non-refundable tax credits - base amounts. This tax credit is added to
The Family Caregiver amount for infirm minor children is now claimed on line 367 of Schedule 1. Previously it was added to the Child Amount Tax Credit on line 367, but the Child Amount Tax Credit was eliminated for the 2015 and later taxation years as per the October 2014 Federal Tax Update.
The income threshold for these tax credits is also increased by the FCA when the FCA can be claimed, except for the infirm dependant amount, which already includes the FCA.
Schedule 5 of the personal tax return is completed in order to claim the family caregiver amount.
Although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) documentation on this tax credit uses the word "impairment", the word used in the Income Tax Act is "infirmity", which is not defined in the income tax act. The word "impairment" is used in the Income Tax Act in relation to the disability tax credit, which requires completion of form T2201. For the Family Caregiver Amount, form T2201 is not required, but a letter from a qualified medical professional is required. The letter must indicate that the dependent person, "by reason of mental or physical infirmity, is likely to be, for a long and continuous period of indefinite duration, dependent on others for significantly more assistance in attending to the dependent personís personal needs and care, when compared to persons of the same age, and is so dependent on the individual at any time in the year".
Revised: October 26, 2017
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