Child Assistance: Be Sure to File a Tax Return

Did you know that you must file a Québec income tax return each year in order to receive child assistance? The payment is calculated on the basis of your family income for the previous year, which means that in order for Santé Québec to determine the amount of your child assistance, you and your spouse must file a Québec income tax return each year, even if one or both of you have no income to report.

Santé Québec takes into account the family income for the preceding year. And each year in July, they recalculate the amount to which you are entitled, based on the income reported. To avoid payment delays, you must file your Québec income tax return each year no later than April 30th.

Revenu Québec informs us of your conjugal status on December 31 of the previous year and provides information about your family income.

Important! If you file your income tax return late, Santé Québec can pay you the amounts owing for a maximum retroactive period of 3 years.

Child assistance payments and the supplement for handicapped children are not taxable. Consequently, they do not send out tax slips for those benefits.

What does “family income” mean?

Family income is the amount indicated on line 275 of your Québec income tax return. If you have a spouse, his or her income is added to yours.

If you were living outside Québec

For new residents who have not filed a Québec income tax return, a notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency or a statement of income is required.

If you have not filed your Québec income tax return

You can obtain the required form from the nearest office of Revenu Québec This link will open in a new window. or ask for one by telephone, at 1 800 267-6299

Source: Santé Québec. Québec income tax return