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Tax Tip: Are you 65 or Older? Claim your Benefits and Credits

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- There are several benefits and credits designed for seniors.

Important information for seniors

--  Age Amount - You can claim this amount if you were 65 years of age or
    older on December 31, 2012, and your net income is less than $78,684.
    The maximum amount you can claim is $6,720. 
--  Pension income amount - You may be able to claim up to $2,000 if you
    reported eligible pension, superannuation, or annuity payments on your
    return. 
--  Pension income splitting - If you're receiving a pension, you may be
    eligible to split up to 50% of your eligible pension income with your
    spouse or common-law partner. 
--  Registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) - Deductible RRSP
    contributions can reduce your tax bill. You have until December 31 of
    the year you turn 71 to contribute to your RRSP. 
--  Registered disability savings plan - A registered disability savings
    plan (RDSP) is a savings plan to help families save for the financial
    security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit. 
--  Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit - You may
    be eligible for the GST/HST credit, a tax-free quarterly payment that
    helps individuals and families with modest incomes offset all or part of
    the GST or HST that they pay. 
--  Working income tax benefit (WITB) - Working individuals and families
    with low income may be able to claim this refundable tax credit. The
    WITB includes a supplement for individuals who qualify for the
    disability amount. Eligible individuals and families may also apply for
    advance payments. 
--  Disability amount - If you have a severe and prolonged impairment in
    physical or mental functions, and meet certain conditions, you may be
    eligible to claim the disability amount. 
--  Public transit amount - You can claim the cost of public transit passes,
    such as a monthly or annual pass, for travel within Canada on public
    transit in 2012. 
--  Medical expenses - You may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit
    based on the cost of previously unclaimed medical expenses for any 12-
    month period ending in 2012. 
--  Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) - If you are the primary caregiver for a
    child under the age of 18, the CCTB may help you with the costs of
    raising the child. 
--  Child disability benefit - You may be eligible for this tax-free benefit
    if you cared for a child under the age of 18 who is eligible for the
    disability amount. 
--  Universal child care benefit (UCCB) - If you are the primary caregiver
    for a child under the age of 6, you may be eligible to receive the UCCB
    when you apply for the CCTB. 

The Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) online services make filing even easier

The CRA's online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund and more. Sign up for direct deposit too! Your refund and any benefit or credit payments owed to you will be deposited directly into your account, putting your money into your pocket faster. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.

Fast facts about filing your income tax return online

--  Filing your return online generally means receiving your refund faster. 
--  Filing online is easy. Certified software packages and Web applications
    (some of which are free to use) guide you through the process, ensuring
    you don't miss out on credits and benefits you may be eligible for.  
--  If you are already filing online, you no longer need a web access code
    to file your return online. Now, all you need is your social insurance
    number and date of birth. 
--  Filing online is secure. The CRA uses the same high level of online
    security used by Canadian financial institutions. 
--  File your income tax and benefit return on time to make sure there are
    no interruptions to your benefit and credit payments. 
--  Go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready and let us walk you through it step by
    step. 
--  If you have a modest income or simple tax situation, you can contact the
    Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. To find a volunteer tax
    preparation clinic, go to www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer. 

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