The child must have been under 16 years of age or under 18 years of age if eligible for the disability amount at the beginning of the year in which an eligible fitness expense was paid.
Children with disabilities - If the child qualifies for the disability amount and is under 18 years of age at the beginning of the year, an additional amount of $500 can be claimed as long as a minimum of $100 is paid on registration or membership fees for a prescribed program of physical activity.
You may have paid an amount that would qualify to be claimed as child care expenses and the children's fitness amount. If this is the case, you must first claim this amount as child care expenses. Any unused part can be claimed for the children's fitness amount as long as the requirements are met.
If an expense is eligible for the children's fitness amount, it is not eligible for the children's arts amount.
If the activity includes two distinct prescribed programs and one program is eligible for the children's fitness amount and the other program is eligible for the children's arts amount, you should receive two receipts, or only one receipt that clearly shows the amounts paid to the organization for each distinct program.
Mary registered her daughter Julie (9 years old) in a prescribed program of physical activity and paid fees of $750 on August 30, 2012. The program started on September 15, 2012, and ended on April 21, 2013.
Mary's husband registered their son Eric (17 years old and eligible for the disability tax credit) in a prescribed program of physical activity and paid fees of $400 on December 20, 2012. The program started on January 6, 2013, and ended on April 28, 2013. He also registered their daughter Samantha (10 years old) in a prescribed program of physical activity and paid fees of $600 on January 2, 2013. The program started on January 6 and ended on April 28, 2013.
On her 2012 income tax return, Mary can claim a total amount of $1,400 (if her husband is not claiming any amount) based on the following formula:
- Julie $500 (maximum allowable expenses per child)
- Eric $400 (paid fees) plus $500 (since he is eligible for the disability tax credit and at least $100 was paid for eligible fitness expenses for him)
- She can not claim an amount for Samantha because the fees were paid in 2013.
Forms and publications
- Line 214 - Child care expenses
- Line 316 - Disability amount (for self)
- Information for organizations providing prescribed programs of physical activity
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