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Canada Caregiver Credit: The Missing Tax Link

Posted: September 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, CRA, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, tax deductions, tax education, Canada Caregiver Credit, medical claims, senior caregiver, Family Caregiver Credit, Credit for Infirm Dependants, Compassionate Care Benefits, tax breaks

The Canada Caregiver Credit (CCC), new in 2017, is still poorly understood and a complicated tax break to explain. For these reasons, many Canadians have missed claiming it. Tax and financial advisors who really want to help families under medical stress can make a big financial difference will add it to their year-end review and adjust 2017 tax returns for missed claims.

Is Self-Employment a Good Choice? Statistics Show It’s a Growing Sector

Posted: July 03, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, tax credits, self-employed, knowledge bureau, poll results, Evelyn Jacks, retirement planning, distinguished financial advisor, Canadian economy, tax deductions, entrepreneur, gig economy, flexible workforce, non-traditional workforce, independent contractors, hiring, financial risk, agile workforce

The way we work in Canada is changing: statistics show that 20 to 30 percent of the current workforce consists of “gig workers”: freelancers and other self-employed classifications. But that number will rise by 2020. Is it a good choice? Nearly 60 percent of last month’s poll respondents said “yes.”

Commonly Missed Medical Expenses: Dig for Tax Savings

Posted: April 24, 2018 By: Walter Harder
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Medical expenses, basic tax preparation, tax courses, tax deductions, tax education, online campus, medical deductions, tax claims, reimbursement for medical costs, T3

Medical expenses are among the most commonly overlooked tax provisions. But, it’s important to pay attention to unreimbursed medical expenses and to claim them, as they can be used to reduce taxes payable. Don’t miss out on these deductions! Before you file your 2017 tax return, use this checklist of often-missed allowable medical expenses to your benefit.

Tuition Rebate Programs Diminishing: What Can You Claim?

Posted: April 06, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, federal budget, tax courses, tax deductions, tax education, tuition credits, online courses, budget 2018, online campus, education credits, education benefits, education and training credits, student tax deductions

Use them before you lose them! That’s the message for parents and post-secondary education students filing 2017 tax returns who are looking for provincial tuition fee rebate programs to reduce student expenses. This is especially so, since the federal education and textbook credits have been cancelled. But the tuition rebate programs are diminishing, too.

CRA Carrying Charges: What’s Not Deductible?

Posted: April 06, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, capital gains, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax courses, tax deductions, refundable tax credits, interest, online education, interest on investments, deductible carrying charges, carrying charges, registered accounts, financial planning tax preparation

In Part 3 of this series on deductible investment expenses, we discuss costs that are not deductible – a mystery and a surprise to some taxpayers during a tax audit. Here’s more essential information to keep you out of hot water.

Tax Season 2018: Refunds Won’t Flow Before End of February

Posted: February 12, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, tax returns, Evelyn Jacks, tax filing, tax courses, tax deductions, tax education, financial education, tax refunds

Filing a tax return is the first, and often most important, financial transaction of the year for millions of Canadians. What’s different in 2018? For starters, the government is hanging on to early filers’ refunds longer than ever. With last year’s average tax refund clocking in at just over $1,735, that’s a big deposit that cash-strapped Canadians don’t have for their RRSP or TFSA deposit.