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Tax credits for home-support services

Are your parents aging and wishing they could remain at home? Does a member of your family require home care? The federal and provincial governments offer tax credits under certain conditions. Here are some possible scenarios.

Home support services for seniors - Government of Quebec

The purpose of this tax credit is to delay or prevent the need for care in the public health and social services system.

In Quebec, you can get a refundable tax credit for expenses related to home-support services for seniors when you care for a Quebec resident age 70 or over. Eligible expenses paid by a spouse under age 70 when the other spouse is over age 70 are accepted.

Eligible services include:

  • daily activities (i.e., bathing, dressing)
  • meals (i.e., assistance in preparing meals, "meals on wheels")
  • supervision (i.e., night supervision)
  • nursing care
  • upkeep of home and clothing
  • delivery (i.e., groceries, medicine)
  • civic support services (i.e., accompaniment outside the home

To be considered eligible, these services must be billed and provided by a person who is neither a spouse nor a dependent.

Caring for a close relative - Federal and provincial (Quebec) governments

This credit is granted to persons living with and caring for a close relative at home. Persons visiting the relative to provide care are not eligible.

In Quebec, you must have been living together for at least 365 consecutive days. At least 183 days of this period must fall in the current taxation year.

To find out more about the definition of "close relative," refer to your federal and provincial income tax returns.

In-home respite - Government of Quebec

An eligible person residing in Quebec at the end of the year may be eligible for the refundable tax credit for the services rendered to an informal caregiver. Eligible services are unpaid and provided at the home of the care recipient.

To find out more about eligible services, refer to your Quebec income tax return. The following persons are not eligible:

  • the spouse of the care recipient
  • the father, mother, child, brother or sister of the care recipient, or the spouse of these persons

Refundable tax credit for volunteer respite services

If you provided respite services for the informal caregiver of a person with a significant long-term disability, you may be entitled to a refundable tax credit.

The tax credit of up to $500 can be claimed by volunteers who have provided home respite services for the same care recipient for at least 400 hours during the year. Caregivers are responsible for dividing the credits among volunteers who provided respite services.

Refundable tax credit for respite expenses

If you are an informal caregiver, you need a break from time to time. Informal caregivers may be eligible for refundable tax credits for specialized respite services for the care or supervision of the recipient with whom they live, if the recipient suffers from a significant disability.

The maximum tax credit is $1,560 per year. The credit is equal to 30% of the total expenses you paid in the year (to a maximum of $5,200 in expenses) for specialized respite services for the care and supervision of a person.

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