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Information for Residents of British Columbia
All the information you need to calculate your British Columbia (BC) tax and credits is included on the following pages. You will find two copies of Form BC428, BRITISH COLUMBIA TAX, and Form BC479, BRITISH COLUMBIA CREDITS, in this book. Complete the forms that apply to you, and attach a copy to your return.

What's new for 2009?
The income levels and most of the non-refundable tax credits used to calculate your British Columbia income tax have changed. The rates for calculating the dividend tax credit have changed. The calculation of the British Columbia training tax credit for employers has changed. Form BC428, BRITISH COLUMBIA TAX, and Form T1014-1, BRITISH COLUMBIA TRAINING TAX CREDIT (EMPLOYERS), reflect these changes.
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BC Family Bonus
The BC Family Bonus program includes the basic Family Bonus and the BC Earned Income Benefit. This program provides non-taxable monthly payments to help low- and modest-income families with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. Benefits are combined with the Canada Child Tax Benefit into one monthly payment. Basic Family Bonus The Basic Family Bonus is calculated based on the number of children in the family and family net income. BC Earned Income Benefit Families with earned income may also be entitled to the BC Earned Income Benefit. The maximum monthly benefit a family may receive depends on the number of children in the family and family net income.

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For details on the payment amounts, read Pamphlet T4114, CANADA CHILD BENEFITS. There is no need to apply separately to get payments under the BC Family Bonus. We will use the information from your Canada Child Benefits application to determine your eligibility for the program. File your tax return You (and your spouse or common-law partner) should file your 2009 tax return(s) as soon as possible. The information you give on your return(s) will determine how much you will get starting in July 2010. This program is fully funded by the Province of British Columbia. For more information, call 1-800-387-1193.

BC Harmonized Sales Tax Credit (BCHSTC)
The BCHSTC is a program designed to help low-income individuals and families with the harmonized sales tax they pay. The BCHSTC will be combined with the goods and services tax (GST) credit into one payment every quarter.
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To get payments under the BCHSTC, you (or your spouse or common-law partner) should apply for the GST/HST credit on page 6 [1] of your return. The BCHSTC provides a maximum of $230 for each adult and child in the family. The BCHSTC is reduced by 4% of the adjusted family net income that is more than $20,000 for singles and $25,000 for families. File your tax return You (and your spouse or common-law partner) should file your 2009 tax return(s) as soon as possible. The information you give on your return(s) will determine how much BCHSTC you will get starting in July 2010. The BCHSTC program is fully funded by the Province of British Columbia. For more information, call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-1953.

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BC Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit (BCLICATC)
The BCLICATC is a program designed to help low-income individuals and families with the carbon taxes they pay. The BCLICATC is combined with the goods and services tax (GST) credit into one payment every quarter. For details on the payment amount, read Pamphlet RC4210, GST/HST CREDIT. To get payments under the BCLICATC, you (or your spouse or common-law partner) should apply for the GST/HST credit on page 6 [1] of your return. File your return You (and your spouse or common-law partner) should file your 2009 return(s) as soon as possible. The information you give on your return(s) will determine how much BCLICATC you will get starting in July 2010. The BCLICATC program is fully funded by the Province of British Columbia. For more information, call the CRA at 1-800-959-1953.
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For more information
If you have questions about British Columbia tax and credits, visit the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca or call 1-800-959-8281. To get forms, go to the CRA Web page at www.cra.gc.ca/forms or call 1-800-959-2221.

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