Minister Encourages Income Assistance Recipients to Receive Maximum Benefits

Minister Encourages Income Assistance Recipients to Receive Maximum Benefits

first_img Community Services Minister David Morse is encouraging all peoplewho receive income assistance and have children under the age of18 to file any outstanding income tax returns to ensure theyreceive the maximum benefits available to their children. All income assistance recipients are required to file income taxreturns to be eligible for full child benefits. These benefitsinclude the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefitand the Nova Scotia Child Benefit. They are provided to eligiblechildren from birth until 18 years of age and can add up to asmuch as $3,072 per child each year, depending upon the parents’income. “We want to make sure all children receive the maximum benefitsthey are entitled to,” said Mr. Morse. “It’s critical thatparents receiving income assistance file their income tax returnsin order to be eligible for the full combined federal andprovincial child benefits.” This month, income assistance recipients who have not yet filedtheir 2002 income tax return may experience a disruption in theirchild benefits from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Anyclient whose benefits have been discontinued can receive atemporary monthly allowance from the province while their incometax returns are processed by the agency. “We are assisting by providing temporary assistance to clients,”said Mr. Morse. “While this allowance provides some income, theregular child benefits available to these families provide morethan twice as much funding each month. That’s why we’re urgingall parents to file their annual income tax returns each year -even if they did not earn any income or are not required to payincome tax.” To file an income tax return, income assistance recipients shouldcontact the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and makearrangements to file immediately. Once they have filed theirreturns, they should contact their caseworker to arrange for thetemporary monthly allowance until they begin receiving regularchild benefits. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Minister Encourages Income AssistanceRecipients to Receive Maximum Benefitslast_img

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