Area of Law: Tax Law
Answer # 1702
Canada Workers Benefit (CWB)Region: Ontario Answer # 1702
What is the CWB?
The Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) is a federal refundable tax credit for eligible low income individuals and families, available for the 2019 and subsequent tax years. It is an enhanced version of the previous Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which was available for the 2018 tax year.
Who is eligible for the CWB?
If you are 19 years of age or older
To be eligible to receive the CWB, an individual must:
- be 19 years of age or older on December 31st, and
- be a resident of Canada for income tax purposes.
If you are under 19 years old
Individuals under 19 years of age may still be eligible for the CWB if they have a spouse or common-law partner or an eligible dependant on December 31st.
An eligible dependant is a person who is:
- your spouse or common-law partner’s child,
- under 19 years of age and lived with you at the end of the year, and
- is not eligible for the CWB for the year it is being claimed.
Who is not eligible for the CWB?
You are not eligible for the CWB if:
- you are enrolled as a full-time student at a designated educational institution for more than 13 weeks in the year year (unless you have an eligible dependant on December 31),
- you were in prison (or a similar institution) for 90 days or more in the year, or
- you are an officer or servant of another country, such as a diplomat, or a family member or employee of such a person who does not have to pay yearly tax.
How much can you receive?
The CWB is comprised of a basic amount and a disability supplement. The maximum amount payable depends on two factors:
- Where you live, and
- If you:
- are single (including separated, divorced and widowed) with no eligible dependants, or
- have a family (includes single parents, and separated, divorced and widowed parents, and married or common-law couples with or without eligible dependants).
The maximum amount payable is:
Single individuals: $1,355 (gradually reduced when net income is more than $12,820; no CWB is paid when net income is more than $24,111)
Families: $2,335 (gradually reduced when family net income is more than $17,025; no CWB is paid when the family net income is more than $36,483)
What is your payment amount based on?
Canada Revenue Agency calculates the amount of CWB you will receive based on a number of factors:
- province or territory of residence
- marital status
- working income
- net income
- eligible dependent(s)
- eligibility for the disability supplement
Visit canada.ca for more information on the Canada Workers Benefit, including benefit amounts and how to apply. More information on the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), available for 2018 and previous tax years, can be found here.
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