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This Week’s Edition of KBR:

February Poll

The RRSP deadline for the 2023 tax year is February 29. From a wealth planning perspective, do you think middle aged Canadians should invest in a TFSA instead?
Yes: 78 votes
No: 45 votes

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The Next RWM™ Meeting of the Minds: February 8, 10am CST

Artificial Intelligence, climate crisis, tax reporting changes, economic uncertainty, decade high interest rates and inflation, and a looming cost of living crisis…there is no denying the fact that uncertainty and a lot of emotions were at play throughout 2023, where many Real Wealth Management lifestyle, financial, and economic triggers jeopardized our client’s wealth sustainability.  Please join us to hear more about the current Real Wealth Management Triggers that may be impacting your client’s holistic real wealth management plan today at our 360° Real Wealth Management Trigger Tour on February 8 at 10 am CST.

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Advanced 2024 T1 Tax Update Course Now Available!

Did you miss the January 17 Virtual CE Summit? There are still ways to get your hands on the knowledge from the Advanced 2024 T1 Tax Update for 2023 Returns and learn your way, at your own pace from the convenience of your home or office.

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Mark Your Calendar: Expect a Record-Breaking Tax Season

The EFILE and ReFile services at CRA will officially close for transmission on January 26, 2024 as CRA gets its computers ready to receive 2023 tax returns.  However, records have already been broken in the tax filing world in 2024.  For the first time, over 32 million tax returns were filed with CRA in the period February 6, 2023 to January 5, 2024.  Only 7.7% of these returns were filed on paper, and 0.2% by phone under the File My Return option.  Here are some first glimpses at tax compliance, filing and investment milestones that take effect in January; the start to a tax season, which promises to break tax filing records again, especially because EFILE rules have changed:

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Tax Tip 2024: Who Must File a T1 Return?

Tax filing isn’t required by everyone, but, for very good reasons, every adult in Canada should file a T1 tax return.  Most people will file a tax return to get their tax refunds – an average of $2,260 last tax year.  Even those with no income should do it to tap into refundable tax credits and reserve important investment room in various tax-preferred accounts. Some minors with actively earned income should do it too to preserve RRSP room.   But who absolutely must file?  You may be surprised, especially if you are behind a year or two.  Check it out: 

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What’s New in Payroll 2024?

Most people will have received – or are about to receive – their first pay of 2024 and there will be some changes to note.  In particular, the Canada Pension Plan premiums have increased and that is becoming the subject of some controversy of late.  Is this really the right time to burden taxpayers and small business owners with these extra taxes, or is it time to take a pause?  The Employment Insurance (EI) premiums have also risen and some tax free benefits and tax provisions that were available through COVID have ended. The T4 slips are due on February 29 with some new information require on group dental plans as well.  Overall, payroll clerks may find they need to sharpen up their skills to explain well.

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