Recently a teacher located in Ottawa won his case with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to be able to deduct his moving expenses from Whitby to Ottawa for 2014.  The reason that it took almost 5 years to win his case was because his mode of transportation was a canoe. See the full article here:…

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It is almost the end of the year and the thought of completing your tax return starts to pop up for everyone, whether it be paying extra or expecting a refund. Although most of us realize that paying taxes is part of life and essential to ensure that we continue with our current lifestyles, we…

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For anyone turning 65 in the upcoming year, the information below may help you in enrolling in the Canadian Old Age Security (OAS) pension. Also, below are some tax planning tips that will enable you to take full advantage of the program, including how to decide if deferring the receipt of the OAS will be…

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At one point or another, most people have thought about renting out the extra rooms in their home to earn some additional cash. CRA has specific rules for when tax payers wish to turn their current residential home into a rental home and vice-versa. If not carefully reviewed, there can be unfavorable results for the…

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A Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a registered investment plan that has beneficial tax treatment.  A TFSA differs from an RRSP in that the contributions to the TFSA are not deductible, but all of the income earned by investments in a TFSA is not taxable, including when the investments are withdrawn.  In an RRSP, contributions…

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Not long ago we talked to a client who received a phone call from someone claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  If our client didn’t pay up immediately by providing their financial information – “CRA” claimed they were going to go to jail!  This was a scam, and thankfully our client realized this. …

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The federal and Ontario governments are currently offering employers of apprentices tax credits with respect to the apprentices’ wages.   The federal tax credit is equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages paid to the eligible apprentices in respect of their employment. There is a maximum credit for each apprentice of $2,000 per…

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Did you know that you can claim travel expenses if you have to receive treatment that is not available to you within 40 kilometres of your residence? October 19, 2011 The cost that is deductible can be public transportation (e.g. taxi, bus, or train) or vehicle expenses if public transportation is not readily available. You…

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Are you aware that you can, in limited circumstances, deduct home office expenses? March 21, 2012 The Income Tax Act is quite specific in determining who can deduct home office expenses and what expenses qualify. A deduction for a workplace in the home is only available in one of the two following situations: The workspace…

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Are you aware that Children’s Arts Tax Credit is available for non-artistic activities? April 11, 2012 New to 2011 is the Children’s Arts Tax Credit (“CATC”), which allows parents to benefit from their child’s enrolment in artistic, academic and cultural programs.  Similar to the Children’s Fitness credit, a parent can claim up to $500 per…

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