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PST exemption electric bicycles;
No projected end to deficits;
The loss on the sale of shares can be disallowed if shares were purchased in the period 30 days prior to or 30 days after the date of sale.
Although Quebec has extended the due date for tax returns, federal tax returns still have a due date of April 30th.
There are tax consequences if a principal residence or cottage is rented out, or if a rental property becomes a principal residence or personal-use property.
We've determined a work-around for this calculator's problem of not allowing input of the monthly CPP/QPP income in some circumstances.
Generally, the tax credit for the first $200 of donations is at the lowest tax rate, and the remainder at the highest tax rate, but there are some exceptions to this. Donations to a U.S. charity might also be eligible for the tax credit.
Capital gains on the sale of Qualified Small Business Corporation (QBC) shares or Qualified Farming or Fishing Property can be reduced or eliminated by the up to $1 million exemption.
Many investments are "qualified" investments for registered plans, but some are non-qualified, or even prohibited. The plan holder/beneficiary could be penalized for holding these investments.
This rebate is available for certain asset purchases made by a corporation from Sep 17, 2020 to Sep 30, 2021.
No personal or corporate income tax rate changes; New Teaching Expense Tax credit and Education Property Tax Rebate; RST changes; Business - health/education tax levy changes; Revisions to Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit and Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit.
Active Families Benefit restarted; Home Renovation Tax Credit; Small Business corporate tax rate to be increased 2022 and 2023; Non-eligible dividend tax credit reduced for 2021; Road use fee electric vehicles; changes to sales tax and education property tax.
Some non-taxable income is not reported on tax returns. Some must be reported and later deducted, affecting some tax credits, clawbacks, and income-tested benefits.
This Act will come into force on November 15, 2021. Revised regulations coming soon, may still cap fees at $100 for DTC requests.
Tax returns must still be filed by April 30th, but some (NOT ALL) taxpayers who received COVID relief benefits will not be required to pay interest on outstanding tax debt for the 2020 tax year until April 30, 2022.
The deadline for applications for a $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion is now June 30, 2021. Apply online with your financial institution.
- CERS/CEWS update
Accommodations and parking are sometimes included as eligible medical expenses, as is cannabis. Check the list of eligible expenses.
If your business is incorporated, you must file a separate corporate income tax return. If not, the business income is included on specific forms in your personal income tax return. A professional accountant can help to ensure that you claim all allowable expenses.
Should a cost be capitalized or expensed? There are general guidelines that can be followed to determine the answer. This article also deals with expense and capital items that are used both for business and personal use.
Withdrawals from your RRSP from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2020 for the HBP or LLP will be on a 2020 T4RSP, and must be reported on Schedule 7 of your 2020 tax return, even though they don't affect your income.
If you made repayments to your RRSP for the HBP or LLP from Mar 3/20 to Mar 1/21, make sure you report them properly on your 2020 tax return in order to not lose RRSP contribution/deduction room.
Do you have a worthless investment? Can't sell shares because they've been delisted? There may be a way to claim the capital loss.
Canadian vs foreign investments; What the Income Tax Act says about the exchange rate; Trade date vs settlement date; Superficial losses; Transfer capital losses to a spouse.
A deduction may be available for tools purchased in order to earn employment income as a tradesperson (e.g. hairdresser, cook, plumber, electrician, mechanic, apprentice tradesperson, etc.). Let our calculator help with the calculation.
Tax credit for seniors' home support services enhanced; Small business tax rate reduced; non-eligible dividend tax credit rate reduced; many other measures.
No tax measures were announced other than the 10-year extension of the Equity Tax Credit for investments in Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs).
20% increase to 2021 CARE credit; Refundable jobs training tax credit 2021 only; Employee Health Tax (EHT) exemption increase made permanent, threshold amount for instalments doubled; and more.
Let our article and our calculator help you with this decision. However, if you have never invested, don't start by borrowing for your RRSP!
The 2021 Budget will be tabled on Monday, April 19, 2021.
This calculator may help you decide between contributing to TFSAs or RRSPs. If you're in the lowest tax bracket (federally up to $49,020 in 2021), use TFSAs first!
If you have purchased an investment in a non-registered account, it is your responsibility to keep records which will allow you to calculate the adjusted cost base (ACB) of that investment, in Canadian dollars, even for investments held in US$. Your brokerage statements will not provide the Cdn$ ACB for investments held in US$.
If you have employment or self-employment income exceeding $3,714 in 2020, have claimed a disability supports deduction or medical expenses and have family net income less than $53,604, you may be able to claim a refundable amount of up to $1,272.
Joint investment income; tax credits and deductions; how to report your marital status and when to update CRA on a change in your marital status.
No personal or corporate tax changes were announced. Carbon tax increases to $40 per tonne from $30 effective April 1, 2021.
Each taxpayer is responsible for overcontributions to their RRSP - not their accountant or financial planner. Your notice of assessment will show your contribution limit. If this is negative, you likely have an excess contribution which will result in a costly tax.
Tax measures effective Jan 1, 2022: Personal exemption increases to $11,250; Low-income tax reduction threshold increases to $20,000; Small business tax rate reduced to 1%.
If you feel there is an error on your T4A for CERB or other COVID benefits you should contact CRA as soon as possible. Make sure you file your return on time!
Expenses of a 40km+ move to attend post-secondary school may be deducted against taxable scholarship or award income or from employment income earned while at school. The move home might be deductible from employment income earned there, if conditions are met.
There were no new tax measures announced in the Yukon 2021 budget.
The subsidy will continue with the current structure, with maximum 75% subsidy for active employees. Subsidy structure for furloughed employees will also continue unchanged.
The subsidy will continue with the current structure, with maximum 90% subsidy for businesses locked down due to COVID, and maximum 65% for other businesses.
- COVID-19 Benefit Recipients - Interest Relief
There were no personal or corporate tax changes in the Alberta budget. COVID-19 recovery spending continues; tourism levy abatement continues, property tax reductions oil/gas properties.
If you received COVID benefits with little or no tax withheld in 2020, you'll probably have tax owing, which could be reduced by an RRSP contribution.
Nunavut tabled their 2021 Budget, with no tax changes announced.
So far, we only know the dates for upcoming 2021 budgets for 3 provinces: Alberta on Feb 25th, Saskatchewan April 6th and BC April 20th.
The prescribed rate for 2021 Q2 starting April 1st will remain at 1%, for spousal loans as well as for shareholder and employee loans.
All employers are required to provide data for 4 new codes on the 2020 T4, for employment income paid from Mar 15 to Sep 26, 2020. T4 due date this year is Mar 1/21.
Effective April 1, 2021 there are new registration requirements for businesses located outside of BC.
Self-employed individuals who received CERB and would have qualified based on gross income will not be required to repay the benefit if they met all other eligibility requirements.
The small business corporate income tax rate has been reduced for 2021 in Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Yukon.
The NT budget includes a reduction of the small business corporate tax rate to 2% from 4%, increases to carbon tax, property tax rates and some fees, and increased Cost of Living Offset.
CRA has modified Guide T4044 to add that starting in 2020, reasonable monthly home internet access fees can be an eligible work-space-in-home expense for employees.
Calculate your returns for an investment, investment account, or entire portfolio, for any period. New print function added.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the federal government on behalf of self-employed pensioners, although if it is successful it may affect all self-employed people affected by this issue.
Life in the Tax Lane February has an additional link to information on the new refundable Canada Training Credit, available for 2020 tax returns.
See our checklist of items to have on hand prior to preparing your own tax return or taking information to a professional tax preparer.
This year your CPP OAS and EI tax slips will be available in your My Service Canada Account as early as February 1st.
The only change to donation tax credit rates for 2020 was the higher BC tax rate of 20.5% for donations over $200 to the extent that income is taxed at this rate. 2021 tax credit rates remain unchanged, but budgets could change that.
- Canada Training Credit
Budget 2021 consultations are underway for a few provinces - earliest closing date is next week.
CRA and Tax Templates Inc. calculators are available up to period 13 ending Mar 13/21. Video Tax News/Punchard Systems CEWS Estimator is also available up to period 13 - easy to use, excellent for planning.
Both NETFILE and EFILE will be available starting Monday, February 22, 2021, for filing 2020 and earlier tax returns. Make sure you have all your tax slips before filing!
You can make your RRSP contribution with an in kind transfer of shares. However, if you transfer shares on which there is a loss, the loss will not be deductible. If you transfer shares on which there is a gain, you will have a taxable capital gain.
For 2020 and 2021, "earned income" will include COVID relief payments for which you receive a T4A or T4E, as well as EI benefits and QPIP benefits.
How much can be earned in Canadian dividends (when there is no other income) before regular income taxes are payable, and before alternative minimum tax applies?
Business loans @ fixed 4% interest rate with flexible terms of up to 10 years with up to a 1 year postponement on repayments at start of loan, guaranteed by Canada.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no revocations of farm status for the 2021 assessment roll. For future reference: There is no deadline for achieving gross annual value requirements for a developing farm, despite the "projected" date for doing this.
Shows taxes payable, average and marginal tax rates for all provinces for employment/other income, capital gains, eligible and non-eligible Canadian dividends. Compare 6 years of taxes payable by province.
See the big difference in taxes payable on different types of investment income. Print a 1 page summary of results with no ads, in colour.
This detailed calculator now includes political contribution tax credits. Check your 2020 tax return, do your 2021 tax planning!
Both CRA and Revenue Quebec have calculators to help you determine the best method to use for claiming home office expenses.
These can result in taxable income, and in sales taxes collectible/payable. Gain on Bitcoin is also taxable.
Both CEWS and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) are included in taxable income immediately before the end of the qualifying period to which they relate. If not done, tax return amendments will be needed.
These premiums are not deductible by a sole proprietor. They are deductible by an employer as wages expense, but are included as a taxable benefit to the employee.
The deadline for periods 1 to 5 (ending Aug 1/20) wage subsidy applications is Jan 31/21. See our article for when CEWS is included in income.
Web Forms will be available for employers to file up to 100 T4 slips starting Jan 11/21. Don't forget about the extra codes for 2020.
Use our calculator to determine your 2021 minimum annual withdrawal, and to estimate your earnings and withdrawals for the next 40 years. Works for non-registered also!
2020 was a good year for stocks. See returns for 1/5/10/20/41/50 & 71 years, and the growth of $1,000 invested. Over the past 10 years one would be losing money after inflation by investing in Canadian 3-month T-bills or Canadian government 1-3 year bonds.
Use our calculator to determine your returns for 2020 or any time period for a particular investment or investment account, or your entire portfolio.
All income and expenses must be reported on your tax return in Canadian dollars. The average US exchange rate for 2020 is 1.3415, which can be used for dividends, but not for purchases and sales.
See also Prior Years:
Revised: April 22, 2021
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