Responding to a tax instalment reminder from the CRA (February 2020)
Sometime during the month of February, millions of Canadians will
receive mail from the Canada Revenue Agency. That mail, a “Tax
Instalment Reminder”, will set out the amount of instalment...
Taking advantage of pension income splitting (February 2020)
Income tax is a big-ticket item for most retired Canadians.
Especially for those who are no longer paying a mortgage, the
annual tax bill may be the single biggest expenditure they are
required to mak...
RRSPs and TFSAs – making the annual choice (February 2020)
If there is one invariable “rule” of financial and retirement
planning of which most Canadians are aware, it is the unquestioned
wisdom of making regular contributions to a registered reti...
Authorizing a representative – current rules and upcoming changes (February 2020)
There’s no denying that the Canadian tax system is complex, even
for individuals with relatively straightforward tax and financial
circumstances. As well, significant costs can follow if a taxpa...
Employment Insurance Premiums for 2020 (January 2020)
The Employment Insurance premium rate for 2020 is decreased to
Quebec Pension Plan Premiums for 2020 (January 2020)
The Quebec Pension Plan contribution rate for employees and
employers for 2020 is 5.7%, and maximum pensionable earnings are
$58,700. The basic exemption is $3,500....
Canada Pension Plan Contributions for 2020 (January 2020)
The Canada Pension Plan contribution rate for 2020 is increased to
5.25% of pensionable earnings for the year....
Federal individual tax credits for 2020 (January 2020)
Dollar amounts on which individual non-refundable federal tax
credits for 2020 are based, and the actual tax credit claimable,
will be as follows:...
Federal individual tax rates and brackets for 2020 (January 2020)
The indexing factor for federal tax credits and brackets for 2019
is 1.9%. The following federal tax rates and brackets will be in
effect for individuals for the 2020 tax year:...
Tax deadlines and limits for the 2020 tax year (January 2020)
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
Tax changes effective January 1, 2020 (January 2020)
Alberta The general corporate income tax rate will decrease from
11% to 10%, effective January 1, 2020. The provincial education and
tuition tax credits are eliminated as of the 2020 taxation year.
Claiming a deduction for union or professional dues (December 2019)
Between now and the end of February 2020, Canadians will receive a
variety of receipts for expenditures made during the 2019 taxation
year. Some of those expenditure receipts will support a tax
Timing medical expenses for maximum tax credit (December 2019)
While Canadians benefit from a publicly funded health care system,
there are nonetheless a large, and increasing, number of medical
expenses which are not covered by provincial health care plans. As
Year-end planning for RRSPs and TFSAs (December 2019)
For most Canadians, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs)
don’t become top of mind until near the end of February, as the
annual contribution deadline (which, for 2019 contributions, will
The tax costs of holiday gifts and celebrations (December 2019)
During the month of December, it is customary for employers to
provide something “extra” for their employees, by way of a holiday
gift, a year-end bonus or an employer-sponsored social eve...
New Quarterly Newsletters (November 2019)
Two quarterly newsletters have been added—one dealing with personal
issues, and one dealing with corporate issues....
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...
Planning for year-end charitable donations (November 2019)
The start of fall marks a lot of things, among them a number of
runs, walks and other similar events held to raise money for a
broad range of Canadian charities. And, within the next month, as
Getting a fix on your retirement income (November 2019)
Most Canadians expend a considerable amount of time and effort in
order to put money aside for retirement. Especially in an era in
which the majority of workers can’t look forward to receiving a...
Getting credit(s) for financing the political process (November 2019)
To win elections, politicians need votes. And to run the election
campaigns needed to garner those votes, those politicians need an
organization, volunteers, and money — a lot of money. To wage ...
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...
Structuring retirement income – what to do with your RRSP (October 2019)
As the baby boom generation ages, members of that generation must
switch their focus from the accumulation of retirement savings to
creating a structure which will ensure a steady flow of income
Shared-custody parents and the Canada Child Benefit (October 2019)
When parents separate and divorce, it is frequently the case that
they are able to agree on an arrangement to share custody of their
children. Such a shared-custody arrangement is often to the
Claiming a tax credit for out-of-pocket medical costs (September 2019)
Canadians are fortunate to benefit from a publicly funded health
care system, in which most costs of care ranging from routine
visits to a family doctor to intensive care in a hospital setting
Coming clean with the tax authorities - the Voluntary Disclosure Program (September 2019)
The Canadian tax system is a “self-assessing system” which relies
heavily on the voluntary co-operation of taxpayers. Canadians are
expected (in fact, in most cases, required), to complete...
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