Tax Services in Mississauga, Brampton & Toronto

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP):

RRSP contribution can save a substantial amount of taxes in the current year when you are in higher tax bracket and will become taxable when you may not be in the higher tax bracket after retirement. The current year RRSP deduction limit is calculated as the lesser of 18% of your previous year’s income to a maximum limit for the given year. The maximum RRSP contribution limit for 2016 is $25,370 and for 2014 is $26,010). If you did not fully use your RRSP deduction limit for the years 1991-2015, you can carry the unused balance forward. Please note that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charges a tax of 1% per month on excess contributions to RRSPs.

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE):

The PRE allows homeowners did not have to report any sale of a Principal Residence until 2015 but effective 2016 a sale of Principal Residence must be reported on your personal tax return in order to claim the PRE benefits. If the disposition of a principal residence is not reported you may be able to amend your return at a later time to report the disposition, however, a late filing penalty may apply, calculated at the lesser of $100 for each month the reporting is late and $8,000. Moreover, from 2016, the One Plus year rule in claiming the PRE is no longer available to non-residents who purchase Canadian homes. Earlier, these individuals were allowed to claim the PRE for one year that they owned a Canadian personal residence.

Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC):

For 2016, Individuals sixty five years of age or older or individuals who are eligible to claim the disability tax credit can claim a federal non-refundable tax credit on eligible home renovations which enhances the safety and accessibility of their home. A maximum of $10,000 per year can be claimed which can result in a maximum tax credit of $1,500.

Tax Credits to be phased out:

Children Fitness and Arts Credits: The Federal Government has reduced the Children Fitness Credit and Children Arts Credit by half in 2016. Earlier the Canadian Residents were able to claim a maximum of $1,000 and $500 respectively for these expenses and could save a maximum federal tax of $225 per child. In 2016 the maximum limit for these amounts will be $500 for fitness expenses and $250 for arts expenses per child, resulting in a maximum tax savings of $113. The credits will not be available in 2017.

The Family Tax Cut :

The Family Tax Cut started the previous Federal Government allowed families with minor children to split income amongst spouses resulting in a maximum tax savings of $2,000 per family. This provision has been eliminated for 2016.

The Education and Textbooks Tax Credit :

The Education and Textbooks Tax Credit allowed all post-secondary students to claim $465 federal tax credit for every month of full-time study and $140 for each month of part-time study. From 2017 onwards, this credit has been eliminated, however, actual tuition fees will still be eligible for a credit. The Ontario Tuition and Education tax credit is expected to be eliminated for periods of study occurring after September, 2017 in order to support the proposed changes of the new Ontario Student Grant program

Educator School Supply Tax Credit (ESS) :

Educator School Supply Tax Credit (ESS) allows teachers and ECEs who purchase supplies for use in the classroom will be eligible for a refundable tax credit on up to $1,000 of purchases.

New Top Tax Rate :

New Top Tax Rate-For 2016 a new top marginal tax rate has been introduced. Earlier, income over $140,000 was taxed at a federal rate of 29%. But for 2016 and future years, income over $200,000 will be taxed at a federal rate of 33%. But the good news is that the tax rate for earnings between $44,700 and $89,400 was reduced for 2016 from $22% to 20.5%.

Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) :

Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) A TFSA is a registered savings account that allows individuals to earn investment income tax-free. Contributions to the account are not deductible for tax purposes and withdrawals of contributions and earnings from the account are also not taxable. The most recent federal government announcement decreased the contribution limit back to $5,500 for 2016 and future years from the 2015 contribution limit of $10,000.

Important Dates for 2016:

Feb 28-Filing deadline for T4 returns

March 31-Filing deadline for HST returns for corporations if frequency is annual

March 31-Filing deadline for Trusts having a calendar year end

April 18-Filing deadline- US personal income tax returns

April 30-Filing deadline- Canadian personal income returns (Except self-employed)

June 15-Personal tax installments due

June 15-Filing deadline- Canadian personal income returns for self-employed

June 15-Filing deadline for personal HST returns if filed annually

June 30-Corporation tax return if Dec 31 is the year end

September 15– Personal tax installments due

December 15-Personal tax installments due

December 31-RRSP contribution deadline (if turning 71 in 2016)