There is a new tax credit for 2012 called the Family Caregiver Amount (FCA). It is a tax credit for people who have a child with physical or mental impairments. The credit is worth $2,000 in non-refundable tax credits and may be claimed under one of the following lines:
- spouse or common-law partner amount (line 303);
- amount for an eligible dependant (line 305)
- amount for children born in 1995 or later (line 367); and
- caregiver amount (line 315)
The child must have an impairment that is prolonged and indefinite and the child must be dependent on you for assistance in attending to personal needs and care when compared to children of the same age.
You must have a signed statement from a medical doctor showing when the impairment began and what the duration of the impairment is expected to be. For children under 18 years of age, the statement should also show that the child, because of an impairment in physical or mental functions, is dependent on others for an indefinite duration. This dependence means they need much more assistance for their personal needs and care compared to children of the same age. For your convenience, there is a sample letter on my Files page, which you can complete before the doctor’s appointment and present to him/her for a signature.
For more information refer to page 33 of the 2012 Tax Guide
For those of you that use Turbo Tax here is a detailed guide on how to apply for the credit: http://support.intuit.ca/turbotax/en-ca/iq/Dependants/Family-caregiver-amount/INF21867.html