Please note that the following document, although believed to be correct at the time of issue, may not represent the current position of the CRA.
Prenez note que ce document, bien qu'exact au moment émis, peut ne pas représenter la position actuelle de l'ARC.
Principal Issues: Who can claim eligible expenses for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit in the year of separation?
Position: Eligibility to claim the CFTC does not depend on whether the child resides with the parent. Generally, either parent can claim.
Reasons: Definition of qualifying child in subsection 118.03(1).
July 2, 2009
Newfoundland and Labrador HEADQUARTERS
Tax Services Office Income Tax Rulings
Team Resource Directorate
Attention to: David Chaulk Andrea Boyle, CGA
Children's Fitness Tax Credit
This in reply to your facsimile dated April 28, 2009, in which you asked which parent claims eligible expenses with respect to the children's fitness tax credit (CFTC) in the year of separation.
Unless otherwise stated, all statutory references in this letter are references to the provisions of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985 (5th supp.) c. 1, as amended (the "Act").
In this particular case, the taxpayer and his spouse were together at the beginning of 2008 and he paid expenses eligible for the CFTC while they were together. The taxpayer and his spouse separated before the end of 2008 and the child remained with the spouse.
Subsection 118.03(2) provides the calculation of the CFTC available to an individual in a taxation year and the amount paid in the year for a qualifying child is limited to $500. Furthermore variable C of the calculation requires that an eligible expense must be paid in the taxation year by the individual, or by the individual's spouse or common law partner in respect of the qualifying child of the individual.
As defined in subsection 118.03(1), a "qualifying child" of an individual for a taxation year for the purposes of the CFTC means a child of the individual who is, at the beginning of the taxation year, under 16 years of age; or in the case where a child qualifies for the disability tax credit, under 18 years of age.
Consequently it is our view that eligibility to claim the CFTC does not depend on whether the child resides with the parent who is claiming the credit.
Under 118.03(3), if more than one individual is entitled to the CFTC for a taxation year in respect of a qualifying child, either individual can claim the CFTC for the child as long as another person has not already claimed the same eligible fitness expenses and as long as the total amount claimed for that qualifying child is not more than the maximum that would be allowed if only one of the individuals were claiming the credit. If the individuals cannot agree as to what portion of the eligible amount each can deduct, the Minister may fix the portions. In this particular situation, provided that the expense is an eligible fitness expense as defined under subsection 118.03(1), and the maximum amount of $500 for the qualifying child has not been used, the taxpayer could be eligible to claim the CFTC with respect to the expenses.
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We trust that these comments will be of assistance.
Louise J. Roy, CGA
For Acting Director
Ontario Corporate Tax Division
Income Tax Rulings Directorate
Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch
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