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    Taxes...claiming food

    Hi there, I know this has been talked about before but I need some input....I don't shop separately for the daycare....I have been claiming 4.00 per child per day....so 100.00 a week....have I been under estimating how much I spend. When I look at my monthly grocery bill..it's astronomical....my husband and I don't eat that much money in food!!! Would anyone be willing to share how they work their food deduction out...Thanks a bunch,

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    I claim $8/child/scheduled day
    $2/snack x 2 snacks/day
    $4/lunch x 1 lunch/day
    total $8.00/day/child

    If you offer breakfast or dinner as well that will up the amount.

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    Thanks BlueRose for your reply....I offer breakfast, snack, lunch and snack...so I think I am on the LOW end...definately

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandylynn View Post
    Thanks BlueRose for your reply....I offer breakfast, snack, lunch and snack...so I think I am on the LOW end...definately
    My accountant always says that claims for food at $10 or more will flag the CRA so for those not shopping separately to be very very careful calculating it this way. I claimed $10 a day per child for two snacks and lunch in 2015 because that is how much it cost for me to serve a fully organic from scratch meal plan. Maybe CRA will question it, but I have my receipts and menus to back it up so Im okay. I now claim $7 a day since scrapping the organic because that is a very close number. Don't cut yourself short sandylynn.

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    I took a typical week's menu and figured out the cost, which turned out to be just over $7 per child per day, so I claim $7. I was told by a friend who is an accountant that since I don't buy daycare food separately, to just keep my sample menu and my cost calculations with my other receipts and that would be enough 'proof' if I was ever audited.

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    Thanks bright sparks and lemondrop....I really have been on the low end....parents always tell me that they eat better at my home than theirs....I think I should up it to at least 5.00 / per child....they eat well here ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bright sparks View Post
    My accountant always says that claims for food at $10 or more will flag the CRA so for those not shopping separately to be very very careful calculating it this way. I claimed $10 a day per child for two snacks and lunch in 2015 because that is how much it cost for me to serve a fully organic from scratch meal plan. Maybe CRA will question it, but I have my receipts and menus to back it up so Im okay. I now claim $7 a day since scrapping the organic because that is a very close number. Don't cut yourself short sandylynn.
    Thank you for letting us know. My accountant has never mentioned this to me, but I have always claimed less then $10.

    Anyone who is claiming a $ amount per child should check with their accountant (if they have one) or with cra to confirm they are within the proper claim limit if they are unsure.

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    I shop separately for daycare. We eat healthy but not organic, and I have a menu. I can't imagine claiming $8 a day per child. My food totals are about $450-500 a month for 5 full time children. That includes 2 snacks and hot lunch(southern ontario)

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    Fwiw, I have 4 daycare kids and 2 adults in my household and I buy my groceries all together (personal products brought separate and not claimed) and then I'm able to claim half of my grocery bill, with receipts to prove. (50% is the amount I can claim for most things because I have a daycare dedicated space)

    I figured out a rough daily cost it would be given last years total and it works out to $8-$9. That is with lots of fruits and veggies, baking supplies etc. Oops, just realized I didn't factor the 2 adults into this so maybe $5 per child is pretty reasonable? I guess it will also depend on your area though and cost of groceries

    Whatever you claim, just make sure to have the receipts to prove it and even if you're audited, it shouldn't matter because you can back up your claim
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    This works out to about $5/child/day. I'm thinking that's probably the average for most of us

    In reply to busyecemommy's post....

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