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What's new for 2012?

The income levels and most provincial non-refundable tax credit amounts have increased according to the Ontario consumer price index.

A fourth personal income tax rate has been added for taxable income over $500,000.

The Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit has been introduced to help with amounts paid or incurred for permanent home renovations. The credit can be claimed by seniors, whether they own their home or rent, and by individuals who share a home with a senior relative. New Schedule ON(S12) is used to calculate this credit.

The labour sponsored investment fund tax credit has been eliminated.

Form ON428, Ontario Tax, Form ON479, Ontario Credits , and Schedule ON(S12), Ontario Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit reflect these changes.

General information

Ontario child benefit

The Ontario child benefit (OCB) is a non-taxable amount paid to help low to moderate income families provide for their children.

The OCB and the Canada child tax benefit payments are being delivered together each month. For more information about the OCB, see Booklet T4114, Canada Child Benefits.

File your tax return – You (and your spouse or common-law partner) must file your tax return(s) to receive the OCB. The amount of any OCB payments you are entitled to receive, starting in July 2013, will be based on the information you provide on your return(s). To ensure timely delivery of payments, file your 2012 return(s) by April 30, 2013.

This benefit is fully funded by the Province of Ontario. For specific information about your benefit, contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-387-1193 or by teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-800-665-0354 .

Ontario child care supplement for working families

Families with children under seven years of age and born before July 1, 2009, may also be eligible for a benefit under the Ontario child care supplement for working families (OCCS). Families with children born on or after July 1, 2009, will not be eligible for the OCCS benefits.

For more information about the OCCS program, visit Ontario Ministry of Finance.

Ontario opportunities fund

The Ontario opportunities fund gives Ontarians a chance to directly reduce the province's debt. If you want to contribute to the Ontario opportunities fund from your 2012 tax refund, complete the "Ontario opportunities fund" area on page 4 of your return.

You will be issued a receipt that can be used with your 2013 return. For more information about gifts to government, see line 349 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

Your donation will not be processed if it is less than $2, or if the refund you have calculated is reduced by $2 or more when your return is assessed.

Completing your Ontario forms

You can download and print copies of ON428, Ontario Tax, Form ON479, Ontario Credits, and Form ON-BEN, Application for the 2013 Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant, which you need to calculate your Ontario tax and credits. Complete the forms that apply to you and attach a copy of each to your return.

The following information will help you complete Form ON428, Form ON479 and Form ON-BEN.

The terms spouse and common-law partner are defined in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

For the purposes of the Ontario tax reduction (Form ON428), the term dependent child refers to a child born in 1994 or later of whom you are a parent and who, in 2012, lived with you and was resident in Canada.

A child for whom anyone claims an amount for an eligible dependant on line 5816 of Form ON428 may be a dependent child. However, a child for whom anyone claims a spouse or common-law partner amount on line 5812, or receives an amount under the federal Children's Special Allowances Act, is not a dependent child.

The term end of the year means December 31, 2012, if you were a resident of Ontario on that date, the date you left Canada if you emigrated in 2012, or the date of death for a resident of Ontario who died in 2012.

Tax Tip
Many rules for calculating Ontario tax are based on the federal Income Tax Act. As a result, you should calculate your federal tax first.

Form ON428, Ontario Tax

Complete Form ON428 if you were a resident of Ontario at the end of the year or if you were a non–resident of Canada in 2012 and you earned income from employment in Ontario or received income from a business with a permanent establishment only in Ontario.

If you had income from a business (including income you received as a limited or non-active partner), and the business has a permanent establishment outside Ontario, complete Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for 2012 - Multiple Jurisdictions, instead of Form ON428.

Step 1 - Ontario non-refundable tax credits

The rules for claiming the Ontario non-refundable tax credits are the same as for the corresponding federal non-refundable tax credits. However, the value and calculation of most Ontario non-refundable tax credits are different from the corresponding federal credits.

Newcomers to Canada and emigrants

If you prorated any of the amounts you claimed on lines 300 to 306, 315, 316, 318, 324, and 326 of your federal Schedule 1, you have to prorate the corresponding Ontario amounts on lines 5804 to 5820, 5840, 5844, 5848, 5860, and 5864.

Line 5804 - Basic personal amount

Claim $9,405.

Line 5808 - Age amount

You can claim this amount if you were 65 years of age or older on December 31, 2012, and your net income (line 236 of your return) is less than $64,797.

If your net income is:

Tax Tip
You may be able to transfer all or part of your age amount to your spouse or common-law partner or to claim all or part of his or her age amount. For more information, see line 5864.

Line 5812 - Spouse or common-law partner amount

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 303 of federal Schedule 1 and your spouse's or common-law partner's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $8,784.

Complete the calculation on Form ON428, and enter the amount on line 5812.

Note
Enter your marital status and the information about your spouse or common-law partner (including his or her net income, even if it is zero) in the Identification area on page 1 of your return.

Line 5816 - Amount for an eligible dependant

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 305 of federal Schedule 1 and your dependant's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $8,784.

Complete the calculation on Form ON428, and enter the amount on line 5816.

Note
If you were a single parent on December 31, 2012, and you choose to include all universal child care benefit amounts you received in 2012 in the income of your dependant, include this amount in the calculation of his or her net income.

Line 5820 – Amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 306 of federal Schedule 1 and your dependant's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $10,734.

Complete the calculation for line 5820 on the Provincial Worksheet.

Line 5824 – CPP or QPP contributions through employment

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 308 of your federal Schedule 1.

Line 5828 – CPP or QPP contributions on self-employment and other earnings

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 310 of your federal Schedule 1.

Line 5832 – Employment insurance premiums through employment

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 312 of your federal Schedule 1.

Line 5829 – Employment insurance premiums on self-employment and other eligible earnings

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 317 of your federal Schedule 1.

Line 5833 - Adoption expenses

You can claim eligible expenses incurred in the adoption of a child less than 18 years of age. The maximum amount you can claim is $11,474 for each child, and you must make the claim in the year the adoption is finalized or recognized under Ontario law.

The expenses that are eligible to be claimed on line 5833 must meet the rules for claiming the amount on line 313 of federal Schedule 1.

Two adoptive parents can split the claim for adoption expenses as long as the total amount claimed by both parents for each child is not more than the maximum that could be claimed for the child if only one person were claiming for that child.

Note
Only residents of Ontario are eligible for this amount. If you are not a resident of Ontario, you cannot claim this non-refundable tax credit in calculating your Ontario tax even though you may have received income from a source inside Ontario in 2012.

Line 5836 – Pension income amount

You can claim this amount if you met the rules for claiming the amount on line 314 of federal Schedule 1.

The amount you can claim on line 5836 is the amount on line 314 of your federal Schedule 1 or $1,300, whichever is less.

Note
Only residents of Ontario are eligible for this amount. If you are not a resident of Ontario, you cannot claim this non-refundable tax credit in calculating your Ontario tax even though you may have received income from a source inside Ontario in 2012.

Line 5840 - Caregiver amount

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 315 of federal Schedule 1 and your dependant's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $19,598.

Complete the calculation for line 5840 on the Provincial Worksheet.

Line 5844 – Disability amount (for self)

You can claim this amount if you met the rules for claiming the amount on line 316 of federal Schedule 1.

Line 5848 - Disability amount transferred from a dependant

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 318 of federal Schedule 1.

Complete the calculation for line 5848 on the Provincial Worksheet.

Line 5852 - Interest paid on your student loans

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 319 of your federal Schedule 1.

Line 5856 – Your tuition and education amounts

Complete Schedule ON(S11), Provincial Tuition and Education Amounts.

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically, keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. If you are filing a paper return, attach your completed Schedule ON(S11), but do not send your other documents. Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date.

Transferring and carrying forward amounts

You may not need all of your 2012 tuition and education amounts to reduce your provincial income tax to zero. In this case, you can transfer all or some of the unused part to one person, either your spouse or common-law partner (who would claim it on line 5864) or your or your spouse's or common-law partner's parent or grandparent (who would claim it on line 5860).

You can only transfer an amount to your or your spouse's or common-law partner's parent or grandparent, if your spouse or common-law partner does not claim an amount for you on line 5812 or 5864.

Complete the "Transfer/Carryforward of unused amount" section of Schedule ON(S11) to calculate the provincial amount available to transfer, as well as Form T2202, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate, T2202A, Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate, TL11A, Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate - University Outside Canada, TL11B, Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate - Flying School or Club, or TL11C, Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate - Commuter to the United States, to designate who can claim the transferred amount and to specify the amount this person can claim. This amount may be different from the amount calculated for the same person on your federal Schedule 11. Enter the provincial amount you are transferring on line 20 of your Schedule ON(S11).

Tax Tip
If you are transferring an amount to a designated individual, only transfer the amount this person can use. That way, you can carry forward as much as possible to use in a future year.

Complete the "Transfer/Carryforward of unused amount" section of Schedule ON(S11) to calculate the amount you can carry forward to a future year. This amount corresponds to the part of your tuition and education amounts you do not need to use (and do not transfer) for the year.

Line 5860 – Tuition and education amounts transferred from a child

You can claim these amounts if the rules are met for claiming an amount on line 324 of federal Schedule 1.

Enter on line 5860 the total of all provincial amounts that each student has transferred to you as shown on his or her  Form T2202, T2202A, TL11A, TL11B or TL11C. If the student was a resident of Ontario on December 31, 2012, the maximum amount the student can transfer is $6,503.

Notes
The student must have entered this amount on line 20 of his or her Schedule ON(S11). He or she may have chosen to transfer an amount that is less than the available provincial amount. The student cannot transfer to you any unused tuition and education amounts carried forward from a previous year.

If you and the student were residents of different provinces or territories on December 31, 2012, special rules may apply. Call the Canada Revenue Agency to determine the amount you can claim on line 5860.

Other rules may apply if the student has a spouse or a common-law partner. See line 324 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically or filing a paper return, do not send any documents. Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. The student must attach Schedule ON(S11), to his or her paper return.

Line 5864 - Amounts transferred from your spouse or common-law partner

You can claim these amounts if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 326 of federal Schedule 1. Complete Schedule ON(S2), Provincial Amounts Transferred From Your Spouse or Common-Law Partner, and attach a copy to your return.

Line 5868 – Medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children born in 1995 or later

The medical expenses you can claim on line 5868 are the same as those you can claim on line 330 of your federal Schedule 1, except for the following:

The federal and provincial medical expenses you claim have to cover the same 12-month period ending in 2012, and must be expenses no one has claimed on a 2011 return. Your total medical expenses have to be more than either 3% of your net income (line 236 of your return) or $2,128 , whichever is less.

Line 5872 - Allowable amount of medical expenses for other dependants

In addition to the medical expenses claimed on line 5868, you can claim medical expenses for other dependants.

The medical expenses you can claim on line 5872 are the same as those you can claim on line 331 of your federal Schedule 1, except for the items listed under line 5868. They have to cover the same 12-month period ending in 2012, and be expenses no one has claimed on a 2011 return.

The total expenses for each dependant have to be more than either 3% of that dependant's net income (line 236 of his or her return) or $2,128 , whichever is less. The maximum amount you can claim is $11,474 for each dependant.

Complete the calculation for line 5872 on the Provincial Worksheet.

Line 5896 – Donations and gifts

Enter the amounts from lines 345 and 347 of your federal Schedule 9 and multiply them by the rates at lines 27 and 28 of Form ON428.

Step 2 – Ontario tax on taxable income

Enter on line 31 your taxable income from line 260 of your return. Complete the appropriate column depending on the amount entered.

Step 3 - Ontario tax

Line 40 - Ontario tax on split income

If you owe federal tax on split income at line 424 of your federal Schedule 1, complete Part 2 of Form T1206, Tax on Split Income, to calculate the Ontario tax that applies to this income. Form T1206 also contains a special rule that applies to the amount you enter on line 428 of your return. For more information about tax on split income, see the General Income and Tax Benefit Guide.

Line 48 - Ontario additional tax for minimum tax purposes

If you have to pay federal minimum tax as calculated on Form T691, Alternative Minimum Tax, you will also have to determine your Ontario additional tax for minimum tax purposes.

To do this, complete the calculation on line 48 of Form ON428. For more information about minimum tax, see the General Income and Tax Benefit Guide.

Step 4 - Ontario tax reduction

If you were a resident of Ontario on December 31, 2012, you may be able to reduce or eliminate your Ontario tax by claiming an Ontario tax reduction.

Only one person can claim the reduction for a dependent child born in 1994 or later or a dependant with a mental or physical infirmity (line 55 and line 56). If you had a spouse or common-law partner on December 31, 2012, only the spouse or common-law partner with the higher net income (line 236 of his or her return) can make these claims.

Note
Enter your marital status and the information about your spouse or common-law partner (including his or her net income, even if it is zero) in the Identification area on page 1 of your return.

You cannot claim the tax reduction if you were not a resident of Canada at the beginning of the year or were subject to the Ontario additional tax for minimum tax purposes at line 48.

If you are preparing a return for a person who died in 2012, you can claim the tax reduction on the deceased person's final return.

Line 55 - Reduction for dependent children born in 1994 or later

Enter beside box 6269 the number of dependent children you have according to the definition of a dependent child.

Claim $401 for each dependent child.

If the child has a mental or physical infirmity, you can claim an additional $401 for that dependant on line 56.

Line 56 - Reduction for dependants with a mental or physical infirmity

Enter beside box  6097 the number of dependants with a mental or physical infirmity for whom you or your spouse or common-law partner claims an amount on line 5816, 5820, 5840, or 5848 of Form ON428.

You can include a spouse or common-law partner with a mental or physical infirmity if you are claiming a disability amount transferred from your spouse or common-law partner on line 3 of your Schedule ON(S2), Provincial Amounts Transferred From Your Spouse or Common-Law Partner.

You can also claim this reduction for each dependent child with a mental or physical infirmity, born in 1994 or later, that you claimed on line 55.

Claim $401 for each of these dependants.

Step 5 - Ontario foreign tax credit

If your federal foreign tax credit on non-business income is less than the related tax you paid to a foreign country, you may be eligible to claim an Ontario foreign tax credit.

To claim the credit, complete Form T2036, Provincial or Territorial Foreign Tax Credit.

Enter, on line 63 of Form ON428, the tax credit calculated at line 5 of Form T2036.

Supporting documents - If you are filing electronically, keep all of your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. If you are filing a paper return, attach your Form T2036.

Step 6 - Ontario health premium

If you were a resident of Ontario at the end of the year, and your taxable income (line 260 of your return) is more than $20,000, you have to pay the Ontario health premium (OHP). The OHP you pay is based on your taxable income.

Complete the chart on Form ON428. The OHP is part of Ontario income tax and is included in your total income tax payable for the year.

Notes
If you are preparing a return for a resident of Ontario who died in 2012, the OHP is payable on the deceased person's final return if the taxable income (line 260 of the return) is more than $20,000.

If you were bankrupt at any time in 2012, the OHP is payable if the total of taxable incomes from all returns (pre-bankruptcy, in-bankruptcy, and post-bankruptcy) for the year January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2012, is more than $20,000.

Form ON479, Ontario Credits

Are you filing for a deceased person?

You can claim the Ontario children's activity tax credit, the Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit, the Ontario political contribution tax credit, the Ontario focused flow-through share tax credit, and the Ontario tax credits for self-employed individuals on the deceased person's final return.

Were you an international student in 2012?

If you were a visa student from another country and resided in Ontario on December 31, 2012, you may be eligible for Ontario tax credits. For more information about your residency status, please call the Canada Revenue Agency at  1-855-284-5942 (for calls from Canada and the U.S.) or  613-940-8495 (for calls from outside Canada and the U.S.).

Were you bankrupt in 2012?

If you were bankrupt in 2012, claim your Ontario tax credits on the post-bankruptcy return you file for the tax year ending December 31, 2012.

Ontario children's activity tax credit (lines 1 to 3)

You can claim the children's activity tax credit (CATC) if you were a resident of Ontario and you paid fees in 2012 that relate to the cost of registering your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a qualifying children's activity program. The child must have been born in 1996 or later or, if the child is eligible for the disability amount, in 1994 or later. For each eligible child, you can claim the lesser of $526 and the amount of eligible expenses paid for qualifying programs for that child.

Children with disabilities – If the child qualifies for the disability amount and is under 18 years of age at the beginning of the year, and at least $100 was paid in 2012 for registration or membership fees for qualifying programs for that child, you can claim an additional $526 for that child. You can claim the CATC provided another person has not already claimed the same fees. In addition, the total fees you and another person claim for a child cannot be more than the maximum amount that would be allowed if only one of you were claiming the credit for that child.

Note
An expense that is eligible for the CATC may also be eligible for the child care expenses deduction (line 214 of your return). If so, you must first claim this amount as child care expenses. You can claim any unused part for the CATC as long as the requirements are met.

Any amount that is eligible as a charitable donation or gift (lines 345 and 347 of federal Schedule 9) or that is eligible for a political contribution tax credit (line 51 of federal Schedule 1 for the federal credit and/or line 6 of Form ON479) cannot be claimed for the CATC.

Qualifying program

To qualify for this credit, a program must be either a prescribed program for the purposes of the federal children's fitness amount (line 365 of Schedule 1) or:

A significant amount of the activities offered in the program or by the organization must be supervised, be suitable for children, and involve one or more of the following:

If you have not received a receipt telling you how much you can claim for the credit, contact the program provider or organization to get a receipt detailing the eligible amount.

Reimbursement of an eligible expense – You can only claim the part of the expense for which you have not been or will not be reimbursed. However, you can claim the full amount if you include the reimbursement in your income (such as a benefit shown on a T4 slip), and you did not deduct the reimbursement anywhere else on your return.

How to claim

Enter the total amount for all your eligible children on line 1 of Form ON479. Enter additional amounts for your eligible children with disabilities on line 2. Enter the total of these two amounts beside box 6309 and 10% of the result on line 3.

Supporting documents - If you are filing electronically or filing a paper return, do not send any documents. Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date.

Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit (line 4)

You may be eligible for this credit if, at the end of 2012:

A family member includes a parent, step-parent, grandparent, in-law, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, child, step-child, grandchild, niece, or nephew.

If you are a senior, for this credit, a principal residence is a residence in Ontario that you occupy or expect to occupy by the end of 2014.

If you are not a senior, for this credit, a principal residence is a residence in Ontario that you occupy or expect to occupy by the end of 2014 with a family member who is a senior.

Eligible expenses are expenditures for improvements to the principal residence or to the land on which the principal residence is situated that:

The improvements must be of an enduring nature and be integral to the home or land. See a list of eligible expenses.

You can claim the lesser of $10,000 and the amount of eligible expenses that you, or someone on your behalf, paid or incurred related to your principal residence. If you occupied more than one principal residence at different times between October 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012, eligible expenses that you paid or incurred for one or more of those residences would qualify for the credit.

The combined amount that you or your spouse or common-law partner can claim cannot exceed $10,000. However, if on December 31, 2012, you and your spouse or common-law partner occupied separate principal residences for medical reasons or because of a breakdown in your marriage or common-law relationship for a period of 90 days or more, each spouse or common-law partner can claim up to $10,000 of eligible expenses. If you occupied separate principal residences for medical reasons, use Form ON-BEN and place a tick beside box 6089 in Part A. Enter your spouse or common-law partner's address under "Involuntary separation" in Part C on the back of the form. Attach Form ON-BEN to your return.

If you shared a principal residence with one or more family members, one of you may claim the entire amount of eligible expenses, or all members may each claim a portion of the expenses. The combined amount that can be claimed by all family members is the lesser of $10,000 and the amount of eligible expenses paid.

Example
Matt and his brother Jason share a house. Jason is a senior. In April 2012, the brothers paid $4,000 for the supply and installation of a stair lift. In May 2012, the brothers paid $6,500 for the supply and installation of handrails, adjustable counters, and the widening of several doorways in their house. The total of the eligible expenses is $10,500. However, the maximum claim is $10,000.

Either Matt or Jason can claim the entire amount of $10,000 or they can each claim a portion of the expenses, provided that the total amount claimed does not exceed $10,000. For example, if Matt claims $5,000, Jason can claim $5,000.

If someone not living with you or not related to you paid for the qualifying home renovation to your principal residence, you could still claim the credit. You should obtain and keep the supporting documents.

Example
Diana rents a home to a senior named Nina. In February 2012, Diana paid $750 to have handrails installed in several rooms of the home. Diana cannot claim the $750 as an Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit on her income tax return, but Nina can claim the credit on her return. Nina can add the $750 to any other qualifying expenses she incurred, to a maximum of $10,000. Nina should ensure that she obtains and keeps the supporting documents.

Note
If an eligible expense also qualifies as medical expenses, you can claim both the medical expenses and the Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit for that expense.

You must reduce your eligible expenses by the amount of any government assistance you received or expect to receive that is related to the eligible expenses.

Are you filing for or in respect of a deceased person?

You can claim the Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit on a deceased person's final return if:

If you lived with, or expected by the end of 2014 to live with, a family member who, immediately before death, was a senior or who would have turned 65 years of age by December 31, 2012, and you are otherwise eligible, you can claim this credit on your return.

Were you bankrupt in 2012?

The Ontario healthy homes renovation tax credit can be claimed on your pre- or post-bankruptcy return depending on when the eligible expenses were paid or became payable.

Eligible expenses

Some examples of eligible expenses include:

Expenses not eligible

Expenses are not eligible if their primary purpose is to increase the value of the home or if they are for annual, recurring, or routine repair, maintenance, or service. Examples of ineligible expenses include:

Devices are not eligible. These include:

Services are not eligible. These include:

How to claim

Complete Schedule ON(S12). Enter the amount from line 5 beside box 6311 of Form ON479; then enter 15% of this amount on line 4 of Form ON479.

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically, keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. If you are filing a paper return, attach your completed Schedule ON(S12) but do not send your other documents. Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date.

Ontario political contribution tax credit (lines 5 and 6)

You can claim this credit if you were a resident of Ontario at the end of the year and you contributed to a registered Ontario political party or constituency association, or to a candidate in an Ontario provincial election.

Only claim contributions you made during 2012. If you were bankrupt in 2012, your political contribution tax credit is based on contributions made during all of 2012.

You or your spouse or common-law partner can claim the credit, but a contribution cannot be divided between the two of you if only one receipt was issued.

How to claim

Enter your total contributions on line 5 of Form ON479 and calculate the amount to enter on line 6 as follows:

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically, keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. If you are filing a paper return, attach all official receipts.

Ontario focused flow-through share tax credit (line 7)

Enter beside box 6266 the total expenses reported on line 4 of Form T1221, Ontario Focused Flow-Through Share Resource Expenses (Individuals).

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically, keep all of your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date. If you are filing a paper return, attach your Form T1221 along with the information slips (Slip T101, Statement of Resource Expenses , or Slip T5013A, Statement of Partnership Income for Tax Shelters and Renounced Resource Expenses) you received from a mining exploration corporation that incurred qualifying expenses in Ontario.

Ontario tax credits for self-employed individuals (lines 9 and 10)

The following tax credits applyto individuals operating unincorporated businesses. Include the amount of credits you claimed for 2012 as self-employment income on your 2013 return.

If you were bankrupt in 2012, your trustee may claim the Ontario tax credits for self-employed individuals if you were eligible for the credit(s) during the period when the trustee acted on your behalf.

Supporting documents – If you are filing electronically or filing a paper return, do not send any documents. Keep all your documents in case we ask to see them at a later date.

Line 9 - Ontario apprenticeship training tax credit

If you hired one or more eligible apprentices in one or more qualifying skilled trades to work at your permanent establishment located in Ontario, you may be able to claim a tax credit of up to 35% to 45% of eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $10,000 per apprentice.

Eligible expenditures are reasonable salaries and wages you paid to an apprentice employed in a qualifying apprenticeship at a permanent establishment of yours in Ontario, or reasonable fees paid or payable to an employment agency, for services provided by the apprentice during the first 48 months of the apprenticeship training program.

You must reduce your eligible expenditures by the amount of any government assistance you received, are entitled to receive or may reasonably expect to receive for the eligible expenditures.

Claiming the credit

If the total of the salaries and wages paid in the previous tax year was:

The annual maximum credit is $10,000 for each apprentice employed by you in a qualifying apprenticeship for the entire year. To determine the maximum annual claim for an apprentice who was employed only part of the year, multiply $10,000 by the number of days that you employed the apprentice, and then divide by the number of days in the year.

You can claim an Ontario apprenticeship training tax credit for each eligible apprentice up to a maximum of $40,000 over a 48 month period.

If, in 2012, you repaid government assistance that was related to eligible expenditures for this tax credit in a prior year, the amount of assistance you repaid will qualify for the tax credit for 2012. The tax credit is equal to the amount of government assistance repaid multiplied by the tax credit rate for the year the eligible expenditure was reduced by the assistance.

Enter your claim on line 9 of Form ON479.

For more information, see Information Bulletin 4015, Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit available at the Ontario Ministry of Finance web site or call the Ontario Ministry of Finance at one of the numbers listed under For more information.

Line 10 - Ontario co-operative education tax credit

If you hired one or more co-op students enrolled in an Ontario university or college, you may be able to claim a tax credit of up to 25% to 30% of eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $3,000 per student per qualifying work placement.

Eligible expenditures are reasonable salaries, wages, and other remuneration paid or payable to a student in a qualifying work placement, or a reasonable fee paid or payable to an employment agency for a qualifying work placement. The student must work at a permanent establishment of yours in Ontario.

You must reduce your eligible expenditures by the amount of any government assistance you received, are entitled to receive, or may reasonably expect to receive for the eligible expenditures.

A qualifying work placement is generally four consecutive months ending in the tax year of employment of a student under a qualifying co-operative educational program of an eligible educational institution. The minimum employment period is 10 consecutive weeks. The maximum employment period is 16 consecutive months. The eligible educational institution must provide you with a certificate for each qualifying work placement for each student.

Claiming the credit

For each qualifying work placement that ended in 2012, claim this credit to a maximum of $3,000 for eligible expenditures.

If the total of the salaries and wages paid in the previous tax year was:

If, in 2012, you repaid government assistance that was related to eligible expenditures for this tax credit in a prior year, the amount of assistance you repaid will qualify for the tax credit for 2012. The tax credit is equal to the amount of government assistance repaid multiplied by the tax credit rate for the year the eligible expenditure was reduced by the assistance.

Enter your claim on line 10 of Form ON479.

For more information, see Information Bulletin 4014, Co-operative Education Tax Credit, available at the Ontario Ministry of Finance web site or call the Ontario Ministry of Finance at one of the numbers listed under For more information.

Form ON-BEN, Application for the 2013 Ontario Trillium Benefit and the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant

File your tax return

You (and your spouse or common-law partner) should file your 2012 return(s) by April 30, 2013, to ensure timely delivery of payments. The information you provide on your 2012 return(s) will determine how much you will get.

Report to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) any changes to your status (for example, birth, marriage, separation) that happen after filing your 2012 return.

Complete Form ON-BEN

To receive the Ontario trillium benefit and the Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant, you must apply for them by completing and attaching Form ON-BEN to your 2012 return.

Did you have a spouse or common-law partner in 2012?

If you were married or living in a common-law relationship on December 31, 2012, the same spouse or common-law partner has to apply for the Ontario energy and property tax credit, the Northern Ontario energy credit and the Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant for both of you. If only one spouse or common-law partner is 64 years of age or older on December 31, 2012, that spouse or common-law partner has to apply for these credits and grant for both of you.

Note
Enter your marital status and the information about your spouse or common-law partner (including his or her net income, even if it is zero) in the "Identification" area on page 1 of your return.

If you and your spouse or common-law partner occupied separate principal residences for medical reasons on December 31, 2012, you can apply for the Ontario energy and property tax credit, the Northern Ontario energy credit, and the Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant (if eligible) either individually or as a couple. If you and your spouse or common-law partner are applying individually, place a tick beside box 6089 in Part A of Form ON-BEN and enter his or her address under "Involuntary separation" in Part C on the back of the form.

If you and your spouse or common-law partner were separated or divorced on December 31, 2012, you must apply separately for the payments.

Other circumstances

An individual who died on or before December 31, 2012 cannot receive these payments.

You may not be eligible for a payment if you are confined to a prison or a similar institution for a period of 90 days or more that includes the first day of the payment month.

If you were bankrupt in 2012, file your Form ON-BEN with the post-bankruptcy return you file for the tax year ending December 31, 2012. Your payments will be based on your net income for the pre- and post-bankruptcy periods.

If you completed Form RC310, Election for Special Relief for Tax Deferral Election on Employee Security Options, this may affect the calculation of your payments. Call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for more information.

Ontario trillium benefit

The Ontario trillium benefit includes the Ontario sales tax credit, the Ontario energy and property tax credit, and the Northern Ontario energy credit. The payments of these three credits are combined and delivered on a monthly basis to better align the timing of the assistance with the expenses that people face. You must apply and be eligible for at least one of these credits to receive the OTB.

To estimate the amount of OTB to which you may be entitled, use the calculator.

Ontario sales tax credit

The Ontario sales tax credit (OSTC) helps low- to moderate-income individuals, 19 years of age and older, and families, including single parents, with the sales tax they pay.

The OSTC is paid monthly as part of the OTB. You must be a resident of Ontario at the beginning of a month to receive that month's payment.

To get the OSTC, you (or your spouse or common-law partner) must apply for the GST/HST credit on page 1 of your (or your spouse's or common-law partner's) tax return. For more information about the OSTC, see Booklet RC4210, GST/HST Credit.

Tax Tip
If you will turn 19 before June 1, 2014, and otherwise qualify, you should apply for the 2013 OSTC on your 2012 return. If you are entitled, you will be issued your first payment after you turn 19.

Ontario energy and property tax credit

The Ontario energy and property tax credit (OEPTC) helps low- to moderate-income Ontario residents with the sales tax on energy and with property taxes.

The OEPTC is paid monthly as part of the OTB. You must be a resident of Ontario at the beginning of a month to receive that month's payment.

The OEPTC has two components: an energy component and a property tax component. You should apply for the OEPTC if you are eligible for either component.

Energy component

You may be eligible for the energy component if:

Enter these amounts paid for your principal residence in Part A of Form ON–BEN.

Property tax component

You may be eligible for the property tax component if:

The OEPTC is not provided automatically. To receive this credit, you have to apply for it by completing and attaching Form ON-BEN, to your 2012 tax return. If you meet the eligibility requirements, place a tick beside box 6118 and complete Parts A and B of Form ON-BEN.

Tax Tip
If you will turn 18 before June 1, 2014, and otherwise qualify, you will be issued the payments after you turn 18. For example, if you turn 18 years of age on May 15, 2014, you will be eligible for the 2013 OEPTC payment that is issued in June 2014.

Amounts paid for a principal residence

Enter the information in Part A of Form ON-BEN that covers the period in 2012 that you lived in your principal residence in Ontario.

A principal residence is a housing unit in Ontario that you usually occupy during the year. For example, it can be a house, apartment, condominium, hotel or motel room, mobile home, or rooming house.

If you were a homeowner, enter the property tax paid for 2012 for your principal residence in Ontario beside box 6112.

If you rented, enter the rent paid for 2012 for your principal residence in Ontario beside box 6110.

If you were a farmer, enter either the property tax paid for your principal residence and one acre of land beside box 6112 or the rent paid for your principal residence and one acre of land beside box 6110.

If you owned and occupied a non-seasonal mobile or modular home, the amount to enter beside box 6112 is the combined total of the property tax paid for your home plus the property tax that your landlord/site owner paid for the lot you leased.

If the landlord does not provide a breakdown of the property tax paid for the lot, and you do not have an assessment for the lot from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, you can estimate the property tax based on the fees paid to your landlord/site owner for the lot. It would be reasonable to take 20% of the fees and add that amount to any property tax paid on the mobile home.

If you rented a non-seasonal mobile home which you did not own, the amount to enter beside box 6110 is the amount of rent paid to your landlord.

If you lived in a private long-term care home, hospital, group home, chronic care facility, or a similar institution, and the institution paid full municipal and school taxes, enter your rent beside box 6110.

If you lived in a public long-term care home and the institution did not pay full municipal and school taxes, enter your accommodation costs beside box 6123.

A long-term care home can include a nursing home or a municipal, First Nations, or charitable home for the aged.

If the institution does not break down the cost of room and board (meals, laundering or other services) on your receipt, you can claim an amount of up to 75% of your total payments as rent beside box 6110 or accommodation costs beside box 6123 , as applicable.

If you lived in a designated Ontario university, college, or private school residence, place a tick beside box 6114; you will get $25 for the property tax component of the OEPTC for the part of the year that you lived in that residence. If rent and/or property tax was paid by or for you for part of the year, enter the total amount paid on line 6110 and/or line 6112 , as applicable. To find out if your residence is designated, contact the Ontario Ministry of Finance or call one of the numbers listed under For more information.

Your property tax and rent cannot include amounts such as:

If you and your spouse or common-law partner lived together on December 31, 2012, enter the total rent or property tax paid for the year, including amounts paid by or for each spouse or common-law partner for a period of separation.

If you and your spouse or common-law partner separated during the year and lived apart on December 31, 2012, enter your share of the rent or property tax for the part of the year before the separation, plus your own rent or property tax after the separation.

If you shared a principal residence with one or more persons (other than your spouse or common-law partner), enter your share of the rent or property tax you paid for the year.

Supporting documents – Whether you are filing electronically or filing a paper return, keep all of your property tax or rent receipts in case we ask to see them at a later date.

Northern Ontario energy credit

The Northern Ontario energy credit (NOEC) helps low-to-moderate-income Northern Ontario residents with the higher energy costs they face living in the north.

The NOEC is paid monthly as part of the OTB. You must be a resident of Northern Ontario at the beginning of a month to receive that month's payment.

You may be eligible for the NOEC if:

Northern Ontario means the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury (including the City of Greater Sudbury), Thunder Bay, and Timiskaming.

The NOEC is not provided automatically. To receive this credit, you have to apply for it by completing and attaching Form ON-BEN to your 2012 tax return. If you meet the eligibility requirements, place a tick beside box 6119 and complete Parts A and B of Form ON-BEN.

Tax Tip
If you will turn 18 before June 1, 2014, and otherwise qualify, you should apply for the 2013 NOEC on your 2012 return. You will be issued the payments for the months after you turn 18. For example, if you turn 18 years of age on May 15, 2014, you will be eligible for the 2013 NOEC payment that is issued in June 2014.

Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant

You can apply for the Ontario senior homeowners' property tax grant (OSHPTG) if, on December 31, 2012:

The OSHPTG is not provided automatically. To receive this grant, you have to apply for it by completing and attaching Form ON-BEN to your 2012 tax return.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, place a tick beside box 6113 and enter your total property tax paid for 2012 beside box 6112. Complete Part B on the back of the form.

Your grant for 2013 will be based on the information you provide on your 2012 return. You should receive it within four to eight weeks after you receive your 2012 notice of assessment.

Tax Tips
You may be eligible for both the OSHPTG and the OEPTC.

If you were eligible for the OSHPTG for 2012 but forgot to apply for it when you filed your 2011 return, it may not be too late. To apply for it, you must request an adjustment to your 2011 return. For more information, read "How do you change a return" in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

For more information

For more information about your income tax return, visit the CRA web site or call 1-800-959-8281 .

To get forms, go to Forms and publications or call 1-800-959-2221 .

If you have questions about your Ontario credit and benefit payments go to Child and Family Benefits, or call the CRA at 1- 877-627-6645 .

If you have specific policy or program-related questions about Ontario tax and credits, go to www.ontario.ca/revenue or contact the Ontario Ministry of Finance at 1-866-ONT-TAXS (1-866-668-8297) , or by teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-800-263-7776 .

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