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Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit

March 31, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Today, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith unveiled the third and final element of the Wildrose Family Pack: a $500 Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit. The Wildrose Family Pack is a three-part Pledge that will help make day-to-day life more affordable for Alberta families.

 As the backbone of our province, Alberta families are a cornerstone of the Wildrose Pledge.  The $2,000 child tax deduction and the elimination of mandatory school fees, released on Thursday and Friday, were the first two elements of the Wildrose Family Pack. Along with the $500 Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit, the Wildrose Family Pack contains important measures that will help Alberta parents raise strong, healthy, and educated families. The $500 Child Tax Credit for Culture, Arts, and Sports will help Alberta parents pay for their children under 18 to play hockey, take dance lessons, learn a foreign language and take part in a number of other extracurricular activities that will enrich the lives of Alberta children. Whether it’s hockey, soccer, piano lessons, or Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, the Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit would make it more affordable for Alberta families, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “The Wildrose Family Pack contains three basic measures to make life more affordable for Alberta families, leaving more money in the pockets of the people best-suited to make these decisions - Mom and Dad.”The Culture, Arts, and Sports Tax Credit will cost an estimated $30 million. Through tax deductions and the elimination of fees, the Wildrose Family Pack will help Alberta families to keep more of their hard earned money in their pockets and help make life more affordable by:

  • Providing parents and guardians with a $2,000 tax deduction for each of their children under the age of 18.  This means families will have an extra $200 per year for each child.
  • Banning all mandatory school fees in public, Catholic, and public charter schools. This will save Alberta families an estimated $100 a year per child.
  • Promoting healthy and active families by offering Albertans a $500 tax credit for fees spent on their children’s sports, arts, and cultural activities.

Helping families manage the unique costs associated with raising children is a key priority for Wildrose. Albertans can count on the Wildrose to put family first. On April 23, Albertans have a clear choice: to re-elect an out of touch PC government that has shown that they are in it for themselves, or elect a responsible, new Wildrose government that puts Alberta families first.