Archive for the ‘Tax Alerts’ Category

Getting a tax assist for post-secondary education costs

Friday, August 30th, 2019

As the summer starts to wind down, both students returning to their colleges and universities and those just starting their post-secondary education must focus on the details of the upcoming school year – finding a place to live, choosing courses, and perhaps most important, arranging payment of tuition and other education-related bills.


Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Claiming the Canada Child Benefit

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Raising children is expensive and, in recognition of that fact, the federal government has, for more than half a century, provided financial assistance to parents to help with those costs. That assistance has ranged from monthly Family Allowance payments received by families during the 1960s to its current iteration, the Canada Child Benefit.


Posted: Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Claiming a deduction for moving expenses

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

The most recent estimate issued by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is that close to half a million homes will be sold in Canada during 2019. Since that number doesn’t include moves from one rental accommodation to another, or the twice-a-year post-secondary student migration from home to school (and back again), it’s safe to say that well over a half a million Canadians and Canadian families will be faced with the need to plan, organize and pay for some kind of move at least once this year.


Posted: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

A mid-year check up on your taxes

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Most Canadians have now filed their individual income tax return for the 2018 tax year and received a Notice of Assessment outlining their tax position for that year. Those who receive a refund will celebrate that fact or, less happily, those who receive a tax bill will pay up the tax amount owed. 


Posted: Sunday, June 30th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Getting relief from the high cost of driving

Friday, May 24th, 2019

As every Canadian driver knows, gas prices seem to rise every spring, seemingly in lockstep with the warmer weather. This year, that annual trend has been given an extra push by the implementation of federal and provincial carbon taxes. As of the end of April, gas prices ranged from $1.19 to $1.56 per litre, depending on the province, and most forecasts call for those prices to increase over the summer.


Posted: Friday, May 24th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Fixing a mistake in your (already filed) tax return

Friday, May 10th, 2019

For the majority of Canadians, the due date for filing of an individual tax return for the 2018 tax year was Tuesday April 30, 2019. (Self-employed Canadians and their spouses have until Monday June 17, 2019 to get their return filed.) 


Posted: Friday, May 10th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

What to do when you can’t pay your tax bill

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Most taxpayers sit down to do their annual tax return, or wait to hear from their tax return preparer, with some degree of trepidation. In most cases taxpayers don’t know, until their return is completed, what the “bottom line” will be, and it’s usually a case of hoping for the best and fearing the worst.


Posted: Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

It’s tax filing – and tax scam – season (March 2019)

Monday, March 18th, 2019

For many years now, there has been a persistent tax scam operating in Canada in which Canadians are contacted, usually by phone, by someone who falsely identifies himself or herself as being a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 


Posted: Monday, March 18th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

When and how to file this year’s tax return

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Each year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) publishes a statistical summary of the tax filing patterns of Canadians during the previous filing season. Those statistics for the 2018 show that the vast majority of Canadian individual income tax returns — nearly 87%, or almost 26 million returns — were filed online, using one or the other of the CRA’s web-based filing methods. 


Posted: Monday, March 11th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

What’s new on this year’s tax return?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

While Canadian taxpayers must prepare and file the same form – the T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return – every spring, that return form is never the same from one year to the next. The one constant in tax is change, and every year taxpayers sit down to face a different tax return form than they dealt with the previous year.


Posted: Monday, March 4th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Responding to a tax instalment reminder from the CRA

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Sometime during the month of February, millions of Canadians will receive mail from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). That mail, a “Tax Instalment Reminder”, will set out the amount of instalment payments of income tax to be paid by the recipient taxpayer by March 15 and June 17 of this year.


Posted: Monday, February 25th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

RRSPs and TFSAs — making the annual contribution

Monday, February 11th, 2019

For most taxpayers, the annual deadline for making an RRSP contribution comes at a very inconvenient time. At the end of February, many Canadians are still trying to pay off the bills from holiday spending, the first income tax instalment payment is due two weeks later on March 15 and the need to pay any tax balance for the year just ended comes just 6 weeks after that, on April 30. And, while the best advice on how to avoid such a cash flow crunch is to make RRSP contributions on a regular basis throughout the year, that’s more of a goal than a reality for the majority of Canadians.


Posted: Monday, February 11th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Apprenticeship training tax credit eliminated

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The province of Ontario provided employers who hired and trained eligible apprentices in designated construction, industrial and motive power, and certain service trades with a refundable tax credit, the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC). The maximum such credit was $5,000 per qualified apprentice per year for the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program.


Posted: Sunday, January 20th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Tax deadlines and limits for the 2019 tax year

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Each new tax year brings with it a listing of tax payment and filing deadlines, as well as some changes with respect to tax planning strategies. Some of the more significant dates and changes for individual taxpayers for 2019 are listed below.


Posted: Friday, January 11th, 2019 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

The employee tax perks of working from home

Friday, October 26th, 2018

The daily commute to and from work is, generally, everybody’s least favourite part of the work day. In recent years that commute has gotten longer and longer as many Canadians, especially those working in large urban centers, have moved further and further away from their workplaces in search of affordable family housing.


Posted: Friday, October 26th, 2018 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

The tax scam that won’t go away

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Tax scams have been around, probably, for about as long as Canada has had a tax system. They also have a tendency to proliferate at certain times of the year — often during tax return filing and assessment season, when it wouldn’t necessarily strike taxpayers as unusual to receive a communication purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with a message regarding that person’s taxes — whether in relation to a tax refund or an amount of tax owing.


Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2018 | Categories: Tax Alerts.

Charities and political activities – new developments

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The administrative policy of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with respect to charities has been that no more than 10% of a registered charity’s resources can be allocated to non-partisan political activity. Where the CRA views a charity as having exceeded that threshold it may impose sanctions, up to and including revocation of a charity’s charitable registration status.


Posted: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 | Categories: Businesses, Tax Alerts.

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