What's new for 2015

We list the service enhancements and major changes below, including income tax changes that have been announced but have not become law at this time. If they become law as proposed, they will be effective for 2015 or as of the dates indicated.

Our services

MyCRA – This is a new mobile application that lets you securely view and change key tax information. For more information see Mobile apps.

Auto fill my return – The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can automatically fill in much of your tax return if you file electronically. For more information see Auto-fill my return.

Notice of assessment – Your notice of assessment will have a new look that makes it easier to see the most essential information first. For more information see Notice of assessment.

Individuals and families

Universal child care benefit (UCCB) – The UCCB has increased to $160 per month for each qualified dependant under 6 years of age and there is a new benefit of $60 per month for each qualified dependant aged 6 through 17. For more information see Universal child care benefit (UCCB).

Child care expenses – The maximum limit per child has increased by $1,000. See Form T778, Child Care Expenses Deduction for 2015. For more information see line 214.

Family caregiver amount for children under 18 years of age – The amount for children under 18 years of age has been eliminated and replaced by the enhanced universal child care benefit. Line 367 is now used for the family caregiver amount for children under 18 years of age. For more information see line 367.

Family tax cut – For 2014 and later years, the calculation for the family tax cut has been revised to allow unused tuition, education, and textbook amounts transferred from a spouse or common-law partner. See line 15 of Schedule 1-A, Family Tax Cut. For more information see line 423.

Children’s fitness tax credit – The children’s fitness tax credit is now a refundable credit. For more information see lines 458 and 459.

Interest and investments

Other deductions – The minimum amount that must be withdrawn each year from a registered retirement income fund (RRIF), variable benefit money purchase registered pension plan (RPP), and pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) has been reduced. If you have withdrawn more than the reduced 2015 minimum amount, all or part of the excess may be eligible to be re-contributed to a RRIF, RPP, account under a PRPP, or to buy a qualifying annuity and deducted on line 232. For more information see Guide T4040, RRSPs and Other Registered Plans for Retirement.

Capital gains deduction – The lifetime capital gains exemption for dispositions of qualified farm or fishing property made after April 20, 2015 has increased to $1,000,000, resulting in a capital gains deduction limit of $500,000. For more information see line 254 and Guide T4037, Capital Gains.

Interest paid on your student loans – Interest paid on a Canada Apprentice Loan amount for registered Red Seal apprentices can be claimed on this line. See line 319. For more information about the Canada Apprentice Loan, go to Service Canada.

Investment tax credit – Eligibility for the mineral exploration tax credit has been extended to flow-through share agreements entered into before April 2016. For more information see line 412.

Form T1135, Foreign Income Verification Statement – This form has changed to introduce a simplified reporting method for individuals who own specified foreign property with a total cost of less than $250,000 throughout the year. For more information see Form T1135.

Tax-free savings account (TFSA) – The TFSA annual contribution limit has increased to $10,000.

Other changes

Repeated failure to report income penalty – We may now charge you this penalty only if the amount of income you failed to report on your return was $500 or more. The calculation of the penalty has changed. For more information see Interest and penalties.

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