2021 Tax Updates will be posted as more inforamation is available............
Information on the Home office Expense Due to Covid-19
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians, and simplified the way employees can claim these expenses on their personal income tax return for the 2020 tax year. Employees with larger claims for home office expenses can still choose to use the existing detailed method to calculate their home office expenses deduction.
Employees who worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of a least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 will now be eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020. The use of a shorter qualifying period will ensure that more employees can claim the deduction than would otherwise have been possible under longstanding practice.
A new temporary flat rate method will allow eligible employees to claim a deduction of $2 for each day they worked at home in that period, plus any other days they worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19 up to a maximum of $400. Under this new method, employees will not have to get Form T2200 or Form T2200S completed and signed by their employer.
A copy of Employees Working from home questionnaire to see if you qulaify is available in the worksheets tab.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with CRA
The CERB has now ended
The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020). You can continue to apply retroactively for this period only through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line.
The CRA is aiming to issue payments for retroactive applications within our service standard of 3-5 business days for direct deposit and 10-12 business days for cheques, however, in some cases it will take longer for payments to be issued.
If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021.
New Recovery Benefits
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
To access information on Canada's Covid-19 Transitioning to new benefits, please follow the link below:
The working income tax benefit (WITB) has been renamed as the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB).
The CWB is an enhanced, more accessible, refundable tax credit that is intended to supplement the earnings of low-income workers. As of the 2020 tax year, you may choose to include or not include tax-exempt income when you calculate the CWB. The benefit has two parts: a basic amount and a disability supplement.
Disability support Deduction
For individuals who have an impairment in physical or mental functions and have paid for certain medical expenses can, under certain conditions, claim the disability supports deduction.
If you paid for expenses so that you could:
Go to School
Do research for which you received a grant
Only the person with the disability can claim expenses for this deduction.
Climate Action Incentive
The climate action incentive (CAI) is a refundable credit which consists of a basic amount and a supplement for residents of small and rural communities.
How Climate Action Incentive payments will be calculated – An Ontario family of four will receive $600 in 2021
Under the proposed approach, most of the proceeds the federal government collects from Ontario through the fuel charge will be returned directly to Ontario’s individuals and families through Climate Action Incentive Payments.
$300 for a single adult or the first adult in a couple.
$150 for the second adult in a couple. Single parents will receive this amount for their first child.
$75 for each child in the family (starting with the second child for single parents).
$33.90 supplement for living in a rural community
Teacher and Early childhood educator school supply credit
A teacher and early childhood educator school supply tax credit for 2016 and subsequent taxation years. This measure will allow an employee who is an eligible educator to claim a 15% refundable tax credit based on an amount of up to $1,000 of purchases of eligible teaching supplies by the employee in a taxation year.
Principal Residence Exemption
The principal residence exemption is an income tax benefit that generally provides you an exemption from tax on the capital gain realized when you sell the property that is your principal residence.
Starting with the 2016 tax year, individuals who sell their principal residence will have to report the sale on Schedule 3, Capital Gains of the income tax and benefit return. Reporting will be required for sales that occur on or after January 1, 2020.
CHILD BENEFIT CREDIT
You must apply for the Canada Child Benefit. A link to this application form can be found on our CRA DOCUMENTS page.
If you delay in filing your tax return or do not file for numerous years, you may be required to re-apply for the Child Benefit by filing out a full application. The CRA will only re pay three years of credit. Any year payments beyond the 3 years will be lost.
Child Care Expense Deductions
The Government has increased the dollar limits of the Child Care Expense Deduction from $7,000 to $8,000 per child under the age of 7; from $4,000 to $5,000 per child aged 7 to 16; from $10,000 to $11,000 per child who are eligible for the disability tax credit.
PROVINCIAL CREDITS AND MEASURES
Support for Learners Funding from the Province of Ontario
Learn about one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
The Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit (LIFT)
The non-refundable Low-income Individuals and Families Tax (LIFT) Credit provides up to $850 in Ontario Personal Income
Tax relief to low-income Ontario taxpayers who have employment income, including those earning minimum wage.
With this credit, a single person who works full-time at minimum wage (earning nearly $30,000) with no other income will receive $850
in Ontario tax relief and pay no Ontario Personal Income Tax. Those who earn more than $30,000 will receive less tax relief.
A tax filer who is a Canadian resident, lived in any province or territory at the beginning of 2020 and who lives in Ontario at the end of the year will be eligible for this credit.
Tax filers who will not receive this tax relief will include those who have:
No Ontario Personal Income Tax payable;
No employment income;
More than $38,500 in adjusted individual net income;
More than $68,500 in adjusted family net income; or
Spent more than six months in prison during the year.
Child Care Access Relief
The CARE tax credit would be on top of the existing Child Care Expense Deduction (CCED) and focus benefits on low- and moderate-income families. Families could receive up to $6,000 per child under seven, up to $3,750 per child between the ages of seven and 16, and up to $8,250 per child with a severe disability.
This new CARE tax credit would provide about 300,000 families with up to 75 per cent of their eligible child care expenses and allow families to access a broad range of child care options, including care in centres, homes and camps.
The Ontario Sales Tax credit, Ontario Energy and Property Tax credit, and Northern Energy Credit (currently paid MONTHLY) are combined in a new Ontario Trillium Benefit.
You will have the option to elect to receive this payment in one lump sum in June 2022.
If you wish to continue receiving the payment monthly you do not have to make the election. Please inform the tax preparer.
First-time donor’s super credit
Qualifying first time donors may receive an additional federal tax credit of 25% on the first $1,000 of monetary donations, over and above the amounts indicated on this page.
If you have a spouse or common-law partner, you can share the claim for the FDSC, but the total combined donations claimed cannot be more than $1,000.
An eligible first-time donor claims $700 of charitable donations in 2013 or subsequent years, of which $300 are donations of money. The charitable donations tax credit (CDTC) and the first-time donor’s super credit (FDSC) would be calculated as follows:
On the first $200 of charitable donations claimed, the CDTC is ($200 x 15%) = $30.
On the donations claimed in excess of $200, the CDTC is [($700 − $200) x 29%] = $145.
On the donations that are gifts of money, the FDSC is ($300 x 25%) = $75.
The total of the CDTC and FDSC is $250
TAX FREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTION CONTINUES
The annual TFSA dollar limit is $5,500 and will be subject to indexation.
Contributions to a TFSA and the interest on money borrowed to invest in a TFSA are not tax deductible. The income generated in the TFSA is tax-free when withdrawn.
The Volunteer Firefighters Tax credit
Volunteer firefighters performing their volunteer firefighting services for at least 200 hours during the year may claim a new non-refundable tax credit calculated at 15% of $3,000. The credit will replace the exemption of up to $1,000 received from a government, municipality or public authority for those services and that volunteer firefighter will not be able to claim anymore.
The Medical Expense Tax Credit
The $10,000 limit applicable to medical expenses that a taxpayer may consider to calculate the Medical expense tax credit in respect of a dependent relative ( child over 18, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew) is eliminated.
Ancillary fees and charges ( cost of examination materials) and examination fees paid for examinations required to obtain a professional status ( e.g. law bar or C.A. exam) or to be licensed to practice a profession or a trade in Canada are now eligible expenses to claim non-refundable tuition tax credit.
BASIC PERSONAL AMOUNT
The new basic personal amount, the spouse, common-law amount, and the eligible dependent amount are increased from $12,069 to $13,229.
The age credit amount is $7,637. The net income level at which the credit starts is $ 38,511 or less. The age credit will be adjusted accordingly if your income is more than this amount but less than $88,427.
PERSONAL TAX BRACKETS
2020 Federal tax rates:
15% on the first $48,535 of taxable income,
20.5% on the next $48,534 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $48,535 up to $97,069), +
26% on the next $53,404 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $97,069 up to $150,473), +
29% on the next $63,895 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $150,473 up to $214,368), +
The Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) is a refundable tax credit intended to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals and families who are already in the workforce and to encourage other Canadians to enter the workforce.
HOME BUYERS' PLAN
The RRSP withdrawal limit for the Home Buyers' Plan is $35,000 for a single owner and $70,000 for two joint owners.
FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS CREDIT
First-time home buyers purchasing a qualifying home may claim a non-refundable First-Time Home Buyers Credit (FTHBTC) of $750 for the year of acquisition. To qualify you or your spouse or common law partner acquired a qualifying home and you did not live in another home owned by you or your spouse or common law partner in the year of acquisition or in any of the four preceding years.
FOR INDIVIDUALS ENTITLED TO CLAIM DISABILITY TAX CREDIT
The same credit may be claimed for a home acquired by or for an individual entitled to claim a disability tax credit, provided it is more accessible or better suited for the individual and also used as a principle residence within one year from date of acquisition.
For further information on non-refundable credits, please follow the link below to Canada Revenue Agency;
A Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a savings plan that is intended to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit. Contributions to an RDSP are not tax deductible and can be made until the end of the year in which the beneficiary turns 59 years of age. Contributions that are withdrawn are not to be included as income for the beneficiary when paid out of a RDSP. However, the Canada disability savings grant, Canada disability savings bond and investment income earned in the plan will be included in the beneficiary’s income for tax purposes when paid out of the RDSP.
Note: The deadline for opening a RDSP, making contributions and applying for the matching grant and the income-tested bond for the 2018 contribution year is March 1, 2019
THE SENIOR HOMEOWNERS' PROPERTY TAX GRANT
The Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant is available to seniors paying at least $500 for property taxes and incomes not exceeding $35,000 for a single and $50,000 for a couple, is increased from $250 to $500. This grant is eliminated if the income reaches $50,000 for a single or $60,000 for a couple.
ONTARIO CHILD BENEFIT (OCB) PROGRAM
The Ontario Child Benefit program t will go to low-income families with children under 18 years of age, those working and those on social assistance.
OCB payments are delivered with the CCTB in a single monthly payment. Under the OCB, you may be eligible to receive up to $91.66 per month for each child under 18 years of age. If your adjusted family net income is above $20,000, you may receive a partial benefit
RRSP'S continue to be one of the best tax shelters the average tax payer can take advantage of. Each $1000 contribution could be worth up to $430 in tax savings.
The maximum dollar amount you can contribute to your RRSP is limited to 18% of your previous years earned income, up to an annual limit.
You can find your RRSP deduction limit on your Notice of Assessment for the previous tax year or by calling:
TIPS LINE AT CRA 1-800-959-267-6999
RRSP deduction- Age limit change
The age limit to contribute to an RRSP has been increased from 69 to 71 years of age. The taxpayer can contribute to a spousal RRSP until the end of the year in which the spouse reaches 71 years of age and claim the deduction for these contributions.
Claim donations for up to five (5) years. Bring any old, unused receipts.
2019 NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT
Please bring in your Notice of Assessment, Revenue Canada may have important information to tell us about your account.
ELECTED SPLIT-PENSION AMOUNT
Starting in 2007, a taxpayer can split his or her pension income with his or her spouse. Pension splitting can reduce tax payable.
AUTHORIZING TAXMI$ER$ AS YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
As your representative we are able to handle reviews with CRA and adjust your file should you omit any information or receipts. When you sign the T1013 Authorizing a Representative form, you allow us to represent you in dealings with CRA. CRA will confirm this authorization with a letter once processed.