Posts Categorized: Taxes

Tax Deadlines for 2020

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This year’s tax filing deadlines have been changing, be sure to get yours filed on time to reduce penalties. See below for most recent deadline information. Personal Tax Deadlines T1 late-filing penalties will not be charged if returns are filed and payments are made by September 1, 2020. Same relief will be provided for self-employed filers (and their… Read more »

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy

While we await further information from the federal government on the 75% Emergency Wage Subsidy, the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy is active, and will continue to be available to those who may not meet the 30% revenue decrease required to received the 75%. Here is everything you need to know: Benefit 10% of remuneration paid… Read more »

Wage Subsidy

Employers have access to a 75% wage subsidy for a period of three months, starting with the first pay period that includes March 15th, 2020 if they have had a 30% decrease in revenues. Details are still forthcoming.

Key Points: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN – KEY POINTS FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS Since the beginning of March, restrictions and measures related to COVID-19 have rapidly escalated. While the first stages focused on public health and safety, in very short order, businesses and personal finances began to be affected. It is clear that these challenges will… Read more »

Relief Procedures for US Ex-Pats

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On September 6, 2019, the IRS announced Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens, a new process to facilitate eligible individuals in becoming compliant with their U.S. tax obligations, in conjunction with renouncing their U.S. citizenship (IR-2019-151). There was no announced specified termination date; however, a closing date will be announced in the future.  Eligible individuals… Read more »

The 20 Hour Test for Tax on Split Income

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The tax on split income (TOSI) can subject various income sources, with taxable private corporation dividends being the most common, to personal tax at the highest marginal rate. One of the exceptions from TOSI occurs when the income recipient is actively engaged in the business. An individual will be deemed to be actively engaged in… Read more »

Motor Vehicle Expenses

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In a September 17, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was the deductibility of vehicle expenses, and in particular, the portion of total vehicle use that was for employment purposes. While initially challenged by CRA, the Court eventually accepted the credit card statements as support for the amounts expended. The taxpayer held and… Read more »

Unclaimed Bank Deposits or Property

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Unclaimed property refers to accounts at banks, financial institutions, and other organizations where there has been no activity generated or contact with the owner for a period. Typical forms of unclaimed property can include chequing or savings accounts, term deposits, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), bank drafts, traveller’s cheques, money orders, and certified cheques. A number… Read more »

Property Flipping: Income or Capital?

 In an August 14, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was whether the sales of four properties in B.C. were on account of income (fully taxable) or capital (half taxable), and whether they were eligible for the principal  residence exemption (potentially tax-free) as claimed by the taxpayer, a real estate agent. Essentially, the… Read more »

2019 Remuneration

Higher levels of personal income are taxed at higher personal rates, while lower levels are taxed at lower rates. Therefore, individuals may want to, where possible, adjust income out of high income years and into low income years. This is particularly useful if the taxpayer is expecting a large fluctuation in income, due to, for… Read more »