Children's Arts Tax Credit (CATC)

In 2016 parents will be eligible to claim a tax credit of up to $250 per year for each child enrolled in an eligible music program at Tauber Music School through the new Children's Arts Tax Credit.

The Canadian government has introduced a new non-refundable tax credit based on eligible expenses paid for the cost of enrolling a child in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity (eligible program).

The program applies to children under 16 at the beginning of the year the expenses are paid and children under 18 who are eligible for the disability tax credit. Also, if at least $100 in eligible expenses has been paid for by a child eligible for the disability tax credit, an additional amount can be claimed for that child.

In order to be eligible for the CATC, your children's programs must contribute to the development of creative skills or expertise in artistic or cultural activities. Children must be registered for eight consecutive weeks, or five consecutive days when over 50 per cent of the time is scheduled for eligible activities. Programs that are part of a school curriculum are ineligible.

Eligible activities include those involving a child's ability to improve dexterity or coordination, or acquire and apply knowledge in the pursuit of artistic or cultural activity. Artistic and cultural activities include literary arts, visual arts, performing arts, music, media, languages, customs and heritage.