Many Strathmore residents saw their bank accounts increase today because two government benefits were due this week.

Today (April 19) marks the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payout deadline.

The CCB, managed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), offers tax-free monthly payments to qualifying families, assisting with the expenses of raising children under 18.

"If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they must also file their tax return on time yearly. You must file your tax return even if your income is tax-exempt or you have no income. If you don't file your tax return every year, your payments will stop," The CRA reminded residents on its website.

The remaining dates for the CCB are: 

  • May 17, 2024
  • June 20, 2024
  • July 19, 2024
  • August 20, 2024
  • September 20, 2024
  • October 18, 2024
  • November 20, 2024
  • December 13, 2024

It's recommended to hold off for five business days before reaching out to the CRA if you haven't received your payment. 

You are eligible for the Alberta Child and Family Benefit if you meet the federal government's Canada Child Benefit (CCB) criteria.

However, there won't be any CCB payments in April. The next one is scheduled for May, followed by payments in August and November.

"ACFB payments are made separately from the CCB payments and issued in August, November, February, and May." 

Amounts paid from June 2023 till June 2024 include: 

  • $1,410 ($117.50 per month) for the first child
  • $705 ($58.75 per month) for the second child
  • $705 ($58.75 per month) for the third child
  • $705 ($58.75 per month) for the fourth child

Earlier this week, particular residents might have noticed their Canada Carbon Rebate (previously called the Climate Action Incentive payment). It's worth noting that only those who filed their taxes electronically on or before March 15 would have qualified for the April payment.

"If your tax returns are processed after this date, your payment will be included in a subsequent payment after your return is assessed. If you file after March 15, generally, you can expect to get your CCR payment six to eight weeks after your tax return has been assessed," The CRA added. 

If you filed your taxes in Alberta on or before March 15, an individual can expect a rebate of $225, while a spouse or common-law partner can anticipate $112.50.

Other base amounts applicable to Albertans include:

  • $56.25 per child under 19
  • $112.50 for the first child in a single-parent family

The rural supplement is:

  • $45 for an individual
  • $22.50 for a spouse or common-law partner
  • $11.25 per child under 19
  • $22.50 for the first child in a single-parent family

The CRA has also reiterated to residents that if they receive their tax refund through direct deposit, they'll also receive their Canada Carbon Rebate (CCR) via direct deposit.

If you haven't received the CCR benefit payment, you should wait ten days before contacting the CRA.

April 30 is the deadline for Canadians to file their income taxes.  

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