The Alberta government is urging families to file tax returns by this weekend’s deadline to qualify for the government’s new Alberta Child Tax Benefit.
Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir says the $195-million a year program will see families with annual incomes below $41,220 receive four cheques a year. But qualify for the first cheques in August, Sabir says families must file their taxes by the deadline, April 30th. “I encourage all lower income families to file a tax return so they can qualify for the new Alberta Child Benefit. these benefits will improve the lives of about 130,000 Alberta familes raising about 235,000 children.”
Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean says this will help women in particular. “In Alberta, 62% of minimum wage earners are women. Here in Calgary, and all across the province, the gender wage gape is very real for women. On average, women in Alberta earn 60% of what a man makes. That means, by July, a man will earn what a woman will earn working. the whole year.” She also notes women head the majority of single-parent families. Under the new benefit, low income families will be eligible to receive a maximum $1,100 per child per year, up to $2750 for four or more children, tax-free.
The government is also promoting free tax filing services, such as those offered by the Elizabeth Fry Society in Calgary.