Two Technical Interpretations (May 26 and March 3, 2017) considered whether support provided to a refugee would be required to be reported on a Form T5007, Statement of Benefits. Essentially, the CRA considered whether the support would constitute “social assistance” which would require a T5007. If the amount is not considered “social assistance”, no T5007 would be required. CRA opined that amounts would be considered “social assistance” if provided by a government or government agency,…
First of all, this can happen to ANYONE – falling behind on your taxes can strike people of any age, income, or education level. Somewhere along the way, between life events, they have missed sending various information to a creditor and/or Revenue Canada (or the IRS). To catch-up I suggest baby steps. My first recommendation, while it sounds easy, is HARD – stop, breathe deeply, think it through, and then do it. The key is…
Where a family member of a deceased individual would like to be recognized by CRA as the person or persons who will manage the tax affairs of the person who died without a last will and testament, they can now do so by completing a CRA Form.
The IRS has recently noted that they are rolling out campaigns to focus on entities below the "big fish" that have historically been targeted.
Although this eight minute video is aimed at Accountants, Tax Lawyer Amanda Doucette provides tips if you are dealing with CRA Collections.
CRA has asked for information about PayPal Business account holders to ensure these individuals and corporations comply with their tax obligations. See the PayPal website for information.
In order for an individual to apply their business loss (where reasonable expenses exceed revenues) to another source of income such as employment earnings (thereby reducing the overall tax liability), the taxpayer must be able to prove that they are truly running a business. That is, they have to show that the undertaking was in the pursuit of profit.
In recent years, CRA has particularly focused on tracking underground economy activities. One way they are doing this is by obtaining information from key 3rd parties.
In a March 31, 2017 Technical Interpretation, CRA commented on the tax consequences of a charity returning a donated property to the donor. This could occur, for example, when a donation was made specifically for a project that had been halted.
The Canadian Retirement Income Calculator provided by the Government of Canada estimates retirement income generated through a number of programs such as the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension, an individual’s employer’s pension plan, RRSPs, and other sources based on past and intended contributions.
Historically, CRA has stated that an employee enjoying a discount on the purchase of merchandise from their employer is only taxable if a limited number of specified situations exist, such as where the employer makes a special arrangement with the employee or group of employees to buy the merchandise at a discount; the employee buys the merchandise for less than the employer's cost; or the employer makes a reciprocal arrangement with another employer so that the employees of one employer can buy merchandise from the other at a discount.
In the past, taxpayers in certain designated professions (i.e., accountants, dentists, lawyers, medical doctors, veterinarians and chiropractors) may have elected to exclude the value of work in progress (WIP) in computing their income for tax purposes. This essentially enabled these professionals to defer tax by permitting the costs associated with WIP to be expensed without including the matching revenues.