In order to claim employment expenses incurred to earn employment income, you need to request a signed T2200 from your employer. However, the CRA has specifically mentioned that if you buy a computer or other capital assets, you cannot deduct this cost. Further, you cannot capitalize and depreciate (claim CCA) on capital purchases.
The Canada Child Tax benefit, which is provided in order to support those eligible with expenses of rearing children below the age of eighteen, is non-taxable. This means no tax is required to be paid on receipt of this benefit.
According to the CRA, in order for an individual to be qualified to receive the Canada Child Tax Benefit, all the criteria listed below must be met: Child has to be below eighteen years of age; Individual has to reside with the child , be the primary caretaker of the child, and be a Canadian … Continue reading Who is eligible to receive the Canada Child Tax Benefit?
You can only claim it if you were supporting your partner during the year and if the partner’s net income for the year is below $11,038 (2013). If you are also claiming the family caregiver amount, then the partner’s net income has to be below $13,078 (2013). If you and your partner ended your relationship … Continue reading Can I claim the spousal/common-law partner amount?
Yes, medical expenses are claimed in the year in which the payment was made and not when the actual procedure happens. So for example, you paid for your January 2014 operation in December 2013, you will be able to claim the medical expense on your 2013 tax return.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to opt out of making CPP contributions, unless you are within the age bracket of 65 to 70. In that case, you have a choice to pay or stop paying CPP contributions. Form CPT30, Election to Stop Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan or Revocation of a Prior Election, must … Continue reading Can I opt out of making CPP contributions?
RRSPs allow you to build wealth by deferring gains and income (and taxes) on investments until the funds are withdrawn or your RRSP is closed (age 72). This means you will save taxes when you contribute to your RRSP, but you will pay taxes at withdrawal. Ideally, funds contributed to RRSPs should not be touched … Continue reading Should I contribute to RRSP or TFSA?
If alternative minimum tax was paid by you in any of the past seven tax years (ex. 2006-2012), and no minimum tax is required to be paid for the 2013 tax year, you will be eligible to claim credits in 2013 for all the minimum tax paid between 2006-2012 in order to reduce your taxes. … Continue reading What is the minimum tax carryover?