Get ready to file your 2016 income tax return

Filing taxes may not be your idea of fun, but it can make a big difference to your family’s income. New financial supports such as the Canada Child Benefit can mean hundreds of extra dollars per month for low and middle income families who have children up to the age of 17. The only catch is, you must file your taxes in order to access this extra money!

For example, a family with 2 children and earning $28,000 a year could be eligible for a tax free benefit of $900 a month through the CCB –that’s $10,800 per year! Families receiving social assistance are eligible for the benefit too, and it isn’t deducted from Ontario Works or ODSP.

The City of Hamilton wants to make sure everybody who is eligible can access the money to which they are entitled, and is working with community partners and poverty-reduction organizations to develop a plan to expand free community tax clinics in Hamilton.

In the meantime, please visit www.cra.gc.ca/getready to find out more about filing your taxes and receiving the Canada Child Benefit.

CRA has a list of Tax clinics for the Hamilton area http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/hamilton-on-eng.html

plocalpeopleThe PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets Final Report provides details on the entire process, including public engagement, shortlisting, vote results, and other elements. Councillor Jason Farr used this report to inform his final decision on the projects to be completed using the ward’s Area Rating funding.

To download a pdf of the report, please click here: planlocal-ward-2-2016-final-report

For the full list of projects to be funded* under the 2016 PlanLocal Ward 2 Safe Streets campaign, click here

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