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The TN CPA Team is your source for the latest Canadian tax news and updates on changing tax laws.

We are pleased to provide a variety of resources on accounting, bookkeeping taxation, and other related subjects that we hope will be helpful to both individuals and businesses.

If you have any questions, simply contact us by email or call 416-318-6789. We will be happy to meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation.


Are There Tax Benefits for Couples in Canada?

Are There Tax Benefits for Couples in Canada?

Curious about the tax advantages that come with getting married or living in a common law relationship? In Canada, there are indeed significant tax perks for couples. The following will begin to outline them.

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Filing Your Personal Tax Return Benefits - Part 3

Filing your personal Canadian income tax return can also help you qualify for various government benefits. Here are some examples:

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Filing Your Personal Tax Return Benefits - Part 2

here are five more benefits of filing your personal Canadian income tax return:

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Filing Your Personal Tax Return Benefits - Part 1

Filing your personal Canadian income tax return offers several benefits, including:

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Personal Income Tax Return Filling Deadline

The deadline for filing 2023 tax returns and payments is Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Typically, personal income tax returns, excluding those with self-employment income, are due by April 30th, along with any outstanding payments. Late filings or payments may incur penalties and interest charges.

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New T3 Requirements for Joint Accounts

Should you have established an in-trust-for (ITF) account for your minor child or hold specific assets jointly, you, and/or they, may now fall under the purview of recently implemented trust reporting regulations, effective for taxation years ending after December 30th. These regulations might necessitate the filing of a T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return within 90 days of the year-end, irrespective of whether there's any income or activity to report. Given that trusts typically have a calendar year-end, the first tax return for 2023 would be due by April 2, 2024 (as March 30 falls on a Saturday, and April 1 is Easter Monday).

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TFSA or RRSP For Savings - What's Best?

The choice between a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) depends on various factors, including your financial goals, current income, and retirement plans. Here are some key considerations for both:

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Maximize Tax Refunds as a College Student

Maximizing your tax refunds as a college student in Canada involves understanding the tax credits and deductions available to you and ensuring you claim them correctly on your tax return. Here are some tips to help you maximize your tax refunds:

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Tax Changes in Canada for 2024

We have compiled a list of Tax Changes and adjustments that are anticipated to affect most Canadians in 2024.

The details here offer estimates for elevated payroll taxes, mandatory contributions to the Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance. It also covers increases in carbon and alcohol taxes plus the effect of the possible Digital Services Tax.

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Year-End Preparations for Income Tax

As tax laws and regulations change, it's crucial to consult with a tax professional or check the latest resources for the most up-to-date information.

Here are some common steps individuals may take at the end of the tax year:

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What Do Christmas Scams Look Like?

During the holiday season, scammers often take advantage of the festive atmosphere and people's increased online activities. Christmas scams can take various forms, but some common tactics include:

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How You Can Avoid Online Scams!

Avoiding online scams in Canada (or anywhere else) involves being vigilant, informed, and taking proactive measures to protect your personal and financial information. Here are some tips to help you avoid online scams:

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Record-Keeping in Small Business - Best Practices

Effective record-keeping is crucial for the success of any small business. Proper records not only help you track your financial performance but also ensure compliance with tax regulations and provide valuable insights for making informed business decisions. Here are some best practices for record-keeping in a small business:

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How Can I Minimize Taxes of a Deceased Taxpayer?

Minimizing taxes for a deceased taxpayer's estate in Canada involves careful planning and following specific strategies. The goal is to reduce the tax liability of the estate and maximize the assets passed on to beneficiaries. Here are some steps to consider:

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Is Gifting Capital Property a Disposition in Canada?

In Canada, gifting a capital property is considered a disposition for tax purposes. When you gift a capital property to someone, it is treated as if you have sold the property at its fair market value (FMV) at the time of the gift. This means that you may be subject to capital gains tax on any accrued gains in the property's value up to the date of the gift, even though you didn't receive any cash in return.

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Can Gifts from an Employer be a Taxable Benefit?

In Canada, gifts from an employer can be considered taxable benefits in certain circumstances. The taxation of employer-provided gifts depends on several factors, including the nature and value of the gift, the frequency of such gifts, and the specific rules set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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Are Gifts or Inheritances Taxable?

 

In Canada, gifts and inheritances are generally not taxable to the recipient. However, there are some important nuances and exceptions to consider:

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The Disability Tax Credit & Low-Income Individuals

For low-income individuals in Canada, claiming the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) can provide additional financial benefits through refundable tax credits and other programs. Here are some key points to consider:

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Retroactive Disability Tax Credit Claims

If you believe that you were eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in previous years but did not claim it, you may be able to make a retroactive claim. Retroactive claims allow you to request adjustments to previous tax returns and potentially receive refunds for the missed credits.

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The Disability Tax Credit Claim in Canada

As Canadians advance in age, we are pleased to offer a 3 part series on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in Canada.

To claim the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in Canada, you must meet the eligibility criteria and complete the necessary steps. Here's a general overview of the process:

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How Accountants Help Growth Oriented Companies

Accountants play a crucial role in helping growth-oriented companies by providing financial expertise, analysis, and strategic guidance. Here are several ways accountants contribute to the growth and success of such companies:

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How Can a Bookkeeper Help Your Company?

Bookkeepers also play an important role in helping companies manage their financial records, ensuring accurate and up-to-date financial information, and providing valuable insights that can drive strategic decision-making when combined with your accountant. Some of the ways bookkeepers contribute are:

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Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Rebates

When considering a fuel-efficient vehicle such as a hybrid, or an alternative fuel model you should know that the Canadian Government, as well as some provinces, provide rebates. 

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Accounting Offices Work Throughout the Year

Having survived tax season, CPAs flock to beach resorts for 9 months of relaxation, cocktails and resting on their laurels... Well, OK, not really. So what does a CPA do after April 30th? Read on to find out.

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Open a First Home Savings Account to Save Tax

First Home Savings Accounts, or FHSAs combine the concept of Tax-Free Savings Accounts and Registered Retirement Savings Plans. For people aged 18 and older, like an RRSP, contributors receive a tax deduction on contributions and TFSA-like tax-free withdrawals when using the savings to buy a home. Further, any investment gains earned in the account are tax-sheltered.

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Start Now to Save on Your 2023 Taxes

As the 2022 tax year is behind us, it is a good idea to start early and plan for 2023. Here are some suggestions on how you can save money on your Canadian income tax for this year:

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Despite the Strike, Filing your Tax on Time is Important!

Even though the CRA is dealing with a strike by public sector workers, you must still file your Canadian income tax on time to avoid penalties and interest charges. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of filing your Canadian income tax on time and the penalties you may be subject to if you are late.

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CRA Text and Letter Mail Scams at Tax Time

The CRA will not send text messages, or instant messages (Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp) to start a conversation with you under any circumstances.  

If you receive a text or instant message purporting to be from the CRA, prompting you to click on a link or requesting information, you can safely delete it.  

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Be Aware Of Email Scams About the CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) might email you:

  • to let you know that a new message is available on your CRA website account.
  • to send you a link for a webpage, form, or publication that you requested during a call or meeting with a CRA representative.  
  • to let you know about tax credits and benefits for individuals or online services such as My account.
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Tax Time CRA Phone Scams

Numbers from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre show that direct calls remain the number one means of solicitation for fraudsters.

Although the CRA may contact you via phone to review your income tax and benefit return, it's important to note that legitimate government employees will always identify themselves with their name, employee number, and phone number.

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Tax Time CRA Scam Alert

It’s tax time again. If you are like others, you may feel overwhelmed by the process. Sadly, scammers are aware of this and take advantage of people's fears by trying to steal money and gain unauthorized access to personal data and financial details. The Canada Revenue Agency has seen a dramatic increase in the sophistication of scam attempts, so it is essential that you learn the difference between legitimate communication and a scam from the CRA. The best way to protect yourself from potential fraud is by learning the signs.  

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Investment fees - Claim them on your tax return

When preparing your taxes, a deduction that is often overlooked is carrying charges and interest expenses. These charges are costs you incur to earn income from an investment, but only expenses for non-registered accounts will qualify.

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5 Tips for Managing Cash Flow

When you develop a cash flow projection it is like creating an early warning system for your business. A leading cause of business failure is a lack of cash flow management, but by taking some simple steps in managing it, you will find it can improve your business outcome.

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Tracking Shareholder Loans

Shareholder loans refer to loans made by shareholders of a corporation to the corporation. The tax implications of such loans will vary depending on the jurisdiction, but usually, they are not considered taxable income to the shareholder.

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Preparing Your Records For the 2022 Tax Season

Streamlining the process of filing your tax returns for 2022 is easily done through proper planning. By taking the time to prepare your records you can speed up the procedure of receiving a refund and reduce the cost of services provided by your accountant or tax preparer as they work to meet the filing deadline.  

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How Can I Save on My Accounting Fees?

If you want to reduce the expense of accounting fees in your business, the great news is that saving money in this area is often quite easy for many owners. The most important point is that you must ensure your records are complete and organized.

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Dividends Or Salary? How do you pay yourself?

Determining how you pay yourself as a small business owner is a very important decision as it concerns finances and taxes.

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Tax Deductible Medical Expenses in Canada

With the end of the year fast approaching, we thought it would be timely to discuss the medical expense deduction on your tax return.

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Shopping Local and Staying Healthy

As the holiday season approaches, and with all of the news of late about the FLU season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be good to pass along some ideas on how to stay safe while supporting small businesses.

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CRA Tax Updates for October 2022

October 31, 2022

Update on electronic notices of assessment

Finance Canada recently proposed legislation that would allow the Minister of National Revenue to provide a notice of assessment (NOA) electronically to an individual who filed their personal income tax return electronically and has authorized that notices or other communications may be made available in this manner. 

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What is Fraud, and How You Can Tell?

With all of the recent press about Ransomeware attacks on various companies and publicity about people being targeted during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is timely to remind you that the fight against fraud starts with you. Learn to recognize, reject and report it.

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Can you afford to be without a Business Plan?

Plan for overall success - Not just for financing

Your business plan is as much of a road map of where you are going as it is to provide the information a lender will require before advancing funds to meet your needs. It serves both internal and external guidance. Internally, it will assist you in managing cash flow, capital expenditures, and periodic issues. It is your crystal ball to guide your firm’s future. Externally it may include those who could be a part of your financial requirements, investors, a bank, or your suppliers.

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Cập nhật các chương trình hỗ trợ doanh nghiệp bị ảnh hưởng do Covid 19.

New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) – chương trình h tr tin rent cho business tiếp theo chương trình cũ CERCA (h tr 75% tin rent)

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CRB Checklist

CRB là chương trình hỗ trợ $1,000 cho mỗi 2 tuần bắt đầu từ Sep 27, 2020 đếnSep 25, 2021 (tổng cộng 26 kỳ) và bắt đầu apply từ Oct 12.  Để tiện cho khách hàng và website vistor theo dõi và download, chúng tôi chuẩn bị check list dưới đây dựa trên thông tin cập nhật của cơ quan thuế Canada (CRA).  Nếu có câu hỏi gì, vui lòng email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tham khảo

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit/crb-who-apply.html#h-1

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Canada's Covid 19 Economic Response Plan

Below is the updated overall information on Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan from CRA's official portal.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What happens if I over-contribute to my Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?

Contributions to an RRSP from January 1, 2017, to the first 60 days of 2017 can be deducted from your 2016 income. You must declare your total contributions. The maximum that is tax deductible is your contribution limit per your notice of assessment. Any unused RRSP contribution in excess of $2,000 is subject to penalties by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) of 1% per month. 

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