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October 25, 2004

Canada Child Tax Benefit

It's been a little crazy here at the Milk Factory. What's going on besides the launch of our business?

For starters, Penny is pregnant. Number #2 will be coming along just after Oliver turns two. Yes, she has quite a bit on her plate these days.

Go-Daddy-O is overworked and sleep-deprived. Being the primary breadwinner and the primary caregiver is definitely taking its toll on him. Most days, he doesn't even have time to have his afternoon cup of tea and read the newspaper.

Being an even-tempered tea-drinking man, go-Daddy-O is not prone to raising a fuss over things, especially when it comes to money. However, something arrived in the mail today that filled him with outrage.

Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice
"When a child lives with a man and a woman who are spouses or comon-law partners, legislation deems the woman to be primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child."

Go-Daddy-O had applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit a few weeks ago, and he received a rejection letter. Admittedly, I'm the one who is primarly responsible for giving the child her bath (go-Daddy-O has a bad back) and picking out the child's clothes (he can never figure out those little buttons), but since I currently have no income, I'm not the one who is paying the rent or buying the winter jacket and boots.

Somebody from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency did call earlier to say that our request for getting the Child Tax Benefit put in Go-Daddy-O's name would be rejected, but that she would manually override that rejection. So if we qualify for the tax benefit, a cheque will be made out to go-Daddy-O--eventually.

Still, doesn't it seem ridiculous that the Child Tax Benefit form has a spot for specifying the primary caregiver, but if you fill in the father's name, the tax benefit still automatically goes to the mother? Just my 2 cents...seeing as though that's all I have these days!

Posted by tomi at 08:53 PM in All Work and No Play... | Permalink


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