Canadians were treated to new technology this year and embraced it soundly: 7.3 million individual requests were received by CRA’s digital service Auto-Fill My Return, and 87% of all returns filed to May 15 used NETFILE or EFILE. However, you may be hearing complaints about smaller tax refunds this year. The averages appear to bear that out.
June 15 is an important tax filing deadline for seniors, investors and proprietors. The second quarterly instalment payment for the year is required on this date. So is the filing of the T1 return for proprietors and their spouses. It can be an expensive day, so it’s important not to delay in determining the amounts payable, especially since CRA has new resources to enforce delinquencies.
Many Canadians have properties in the U.S. and regularly spend time there. Unfortunately, many of them also tend to take an “ostrich” approach to the related tax issues. That can be very expensive in the long run. If you are a tax or financial advisor serving snowbirds or other clients with U.S. assets, it is imperative to take a proactive approach to protect their wealth from the tax consequences in multiple jurisdictions.
Income earned by an estate during any tax year must be reported as a T3 return. Knowledge Bureau’s new T3 Basic Tax Preparation course will help students learn who should file a T3 return, as well as when and how best to file it. The course also introduces the types of trusts that may be created in Canada and how each of them is taxed.