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#1 of 3 Old 09-15-2009, 02:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone -

I am exploring every childcare option out there for my little guy when I return to work in a few months. Some of them are pretty expensive and the provincial childcare tax credit could make all the difference. However, our accountant did some research for me and I also spoke to Rev Quebec on the phone - both gave me very different answers!

Does anyone have experience with private non-subsidized childcare and applying for the tax credit, either on your annual income tax or through the advance reimbursement program? Please let me know if you wouldn't mind answering a few questions.

Thanks so much!

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My DD is in private non-subsidized childcare and I've applied for the advanced reimbursement program. I had no problems whatsoever, since I had filed my income taxes on time (for once!). You need to be registered with Revenu Québec for direct deposit, as this reimbursement is only given through that means. Aside from that, how much is reimbursed to you depends on your household's income. Obviously, the first year, you'll be reimbursed a greater percentage since you were at home in the last fiscal year and probably functioning on a diminished income. The next year after that, it really starts sucking.

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We have our son in a private daycare at $21/day, he started in April 2009. I used this calculator to estimate what I would get back, but found it was not 100% accurate: http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.c...9_Anglais.html

I only filed in June, so my advance reimbursement payments are split in two, one in July and one in September. That means I had to front the payments from April to June before getting any money back.

You have to estimate how many days your child will be in daycare that year, and how much you estimate your family income will be. I estimated 191 days, which equals $4011. I'm getting a total of $2406 back, which brings the daily cost down to $8.40.

Since they asked for our estimated income for the year when applying, I don't know if they're looking at my lower income from last year or not. If they are, then I expect to get less back from them next year, we'll see. If your family makes more than $80,000 total, the daily cost will be more than $7 a day. I was perfectly fine with that, because our DCP is an absolute gem and seems to genuinely love the kids. The $7 a day DCPs I talked to were so abrupt with me when I called around - maybe I got some nasty ones, but it seemed to be just all business with them In any case, we really lucked out, and I wouldn't switch DS even if I found a $7/day spot.

BTW, I used this site to find his daycare, it's an excellent resource if you're near Montreal.

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