Claiming medical expenses for 2019 (March 2020)
The Canadian tax system provides individual taxpayers with a tax
credit for out-of-pocket medical and para-medical expenses incurred
during the year. Given that such expenses must be incurred at some
What’s new on the 2019 tax return? (March 2020)
The one constant in income tax is change and consequently, while
Canadian taxpayers must prepare and file the same form – the T1
Income Tax and Benefit Return – every spring, that return f...
Looking ahead to 2020 (November 2019)
Planning for – or even thinking about – 2020 taxes when it’s not
even December 2019 may seem more than a little premature. However,
most Canadians will start paying their taxes for 2...
Taking stock of your TFSA (October 2019)
Tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) have been around for a full
decade now, having been introduced in 2009, and for most Canadians,
a TFSA (along with a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP)) is
When are legal fees deductible? (October 2019)
In most cases, the need to seek out and obtain legal services (and
to pay for them) is associated with life’s more unwelcome
occurrences and experiences — a divorce, a dispute over a famil...
Claiming the Canada Child Benefit (August 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
More debt … and more interest (February 2019)
The fact that debt levels of Canadian households have been
increasing over the past decade and a half can’t really be called
news anymore. In particular, the ratio of debt-to-household-income,
The tax scam that won’t go away (October 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...
Deciphering your Notice of Assessment (June 2018)
By the middle of May 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had
processed just over 26 million individual income tax returns filed
for the 2017 tax year. Just over 14 million of those returns
Protecting yourself from tax scams (July 2017)
As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) notes on its website, new tax
scams are devised every single day of the week. And, despite the
cautionary tales which appear frequently in the media and the
Keeping up with your taxes for 2017 (July 2017)
By now, halfway through the 2017 tax year, almost all Canadian
individual taxpayers will have filed their income tax return for
2016, and most will have received the Notice of Assessment which
Understanding the OAS “recovery tax” (May 2017)
Older taxpayers who have recently completed and filed their tax
returns for 2016 may face an unpleasant surprise when that return
is assessed. The unpleasant surprise may come in the form of a
Flying south for the winter (November 2016)
Once daily weather reports begin to include wind chill factors or
frost warnings, the thoughts of many Canadian turn to the idea of
spending part of the Canadian winter somewhere much warmer – m...
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