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Newcomers Need Advice: Can You Explain Our Complex Tax System?

Posted: September 17, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue , taxation, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, tax reform, personal income tax, immigration, canadian newcomers, working abroad, newcomers to canada, immigrants, returning residents, Canadians returning, living aborad, Social Insurance Number, Canada's tax system, tax guidelines

Our nation’s system is complex even to tax-educated Canadians. Imagine how mind-boggling this must be for newcomers (immigrants and refugees) and returning residents to Canada. There’s opportunity for advisors to work with this vast niche market and become a trusted educator and advocate for these families.

Tax Enforcement: Are Subjective Views Helpful?

Posted: August 27, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, capital gains, knowledge bureau, taxing the rich, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, Canadian economy, tax literacy, tax education, CE summits, CRA audits, CRA workers, 1%, top personal income tax rate, corporate tax rates, capital gains taxes, fair taxation, equal taxation, Business Tax Services Specialist

The results of a mid-month survey of CRA tax auditors by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) highlight the challenges of keeping Canada’s tax system fair for all. One of them is the easy headlines that pit one group of taxpayers – generally the “wealthy” - against another. But a deeper read of the survey uncovers relevant and possibly more purposeful insights.

CRA’s File My Return Misses the Mark

Posted: August 27, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, CRA, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, tax filing, fixed income, distinguished financial advisor, tax course, income tax returns, tax deadlines, low income, File My Return, electronic filing, efiling, Netfile

Nearly 90 percent of Canadians filed their tax returns online this year. Despite this, low adoption rates show that some of the CRA’s automated programs are missing the mark - at least so far - and may be failing to improve the rates of taxpayer filing delinquency.

Five Important Details Emerge on the Canada Workers Benefit

Posted: August 14, 2018 By : Walter Harder
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Tax Planning, investment, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, refundable tax credits, income planning

Draft legislation that describes enhancements to the Canada’s Workers Benefits, was tabled at the end of July, and the proposals contain five interesting changes which improve access and benefit availability, as outlined in the federal budget.

Tax Literacy: Helping Canadian Newcomers Settle In

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax estimator, tax filing, tax courses, non-refundable tax credits, distinguished financial advisor, financial education, immigration, Canada immigration, newcomers to canada, Canadian residence, residence period, tax credits for immigrants, Canadian emigration, expenses and deductions

Did you know that 1,212,075 new immigrants permanently settled in Canada from 2011 to 2016, representing 3.5 percent of Canada’s total population in 2016? Tax and financial advisors have a great opportunity to help with the financial affairs of these families, especially because the tax rules are somewhat different for these residents.

Summertime Moves: 7 Tax-Efficient Tips

Posted: July 03, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, tax credits, self-employed, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax estimator, tax calculator, Moving Expenses, tax education, income tax preparation, moving credits, moving claims, tax-efficiency, job relocation, storage costs, Income Tax Filing Fundamentals

Summertime moves make sense for many families, as they can ensure the kids are well established to start in their new schools by fall. The moving process can be hectic, but it also creates lucrative tax deductions – so keep your receipts and documentation to take advantage. Here are seven moving-related tax tips for expense claims that every Canadian needs to know!