Personal Tax Credit: Understanding the 2023 Updates

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Dec 22, 2023
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Whether you're a newcomer to the world of tax returns or a seasoned taxpayer looking to refresh your knowledge, this article is for you!

What is the personal tax credit?

The personal tax credit is a beneficial tax measure designed to reduce the amount of tax you owe the government. These credits represent deductions that you can apply to your gross tax to reduce it. 

The more credits you have, the less tax you'll have to pay, and sometimes these savings can be substantial.

How does the personal tax credit work?

The mechanism is straightforward: each credit has a value which, when multiplied by the lowest tax rate (federal or provincial), determines the amount you can subtract from your tax payable.

Here are a few examples of personal tax credits:

  • Basic Personal Amount:
    An amount available to all taxpayers, thus reducing the basic tax. 
  • Amount for Dependents:
    If you financially support a family member, this can reduce your tax. 
  • Disability Amount:
    Intended to assist those living with a disability in covering their additional expenses.

Changes between 2022 and 2023

Every year, the amounts of credits and the tax rates can be adjusted to account for inflation and policy decisions. For Quebec and Canada, changes can translate into an increase in the basic amounts of credits or a modification of income thresholds for different tax brackets.

For the 2023 tax year, we see increases in the federal basic personal amounts and, in some cases, provincial-level changes that could affect the final sum you save.

It's important to note that tax credits evolve and we encourage taxpayers to follow these changes to maximize their tax benefits.

To fully benefit from these tax credits, it is crucial to:

  1. Be aware of the tax credits available for your situation.
  2. Accurately complete your tax return to claim these credits.
  3. Plan for the next fiscal year.

With this article, we hope you've gained a clearer understanding of the personal tax credit and how it functions.

Keep an eye on annual changes to stay up-to-date with the best practices for managing your tax situation.

For more personalized advice, don't hesitate to consult a tax specialist. And remember, savvy tax management translates to more dollars in your pocket!

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