Tax Credits and Deductions for taxpayers in Pickering
The personal tax return T1 has over 25 different tax credits and deductions allowable to reduce your personal tax bill. How do you keep track of them all and ensure you properly qualify?
Personal Income Tax in Canada is not simple nor straightforward. Each successive government has tinkered with the Income Tax Act in their own way, particularly when it comes to allowable tax credits and deductions. Some policies were designed to raise or lower the income tax rate but the majority were meant to reward or tax specific groups or activities in the tax base. At its most partisan, tax credits and deductions were laser focused to benefit the governing party’s electoral base such as the middle class or people of a certain area.
It’s useful to think of the Income tax Act as a one room schoolhouse that has grown through successive additions to become a sprawling university with different divisions for personal, self-employed, payroll, HST and Corporate Taxes. Each successive Canadian government has added to the tax regulations through tiers, credits and benefits.
25 Tax Credits and Deductions Available
We’ve put together the following 25 most common tax credits and deductions to provide a starting point for discussion. Taxpayers should be advised that the CRA regularly conducts integrity and matching programs; sometime post or pre-assessment, CRA will give you 30 days to provide adequate documentation to support your claim. Your claim for the credit will be automatically denied if you don’t respond, don’t provide exactly what was required or cannot explain your claim. In most cases, we can provide the CRA with the required back up for you before you’ve picked up your copy of the letter from CRA.
The list of all deductions and credits available is long and this list should not be considered exhaustive.
- Deduction for Business Use of Home
- Automobile used for Business
- Child Care
- Moving expenses
- HST Tax Credit
- Child Tax Benefit
- Universal Child Care Benefit
- Spousal and Children’s Tax Credits
- Tuition Credits transferred from your children
- Working Income Tax Benefit
- Union Dues
- RRSP Contributions
- RPP Deductions
- Children’s Fitness Tax Credit
- Arts Tax Credits
- Ontario Trillium Benefit
- Disability Tax Credit
- Adoption Tax Credit
- Caregiver Tax Credit
- Alimony Deduction
- Professional Fees
- Interest Paid to Earn Income or Invest
- Clergy Residence
- Home Relocation Loans
- Allowable Business Investment Losses
Speak to us about whether your business and family may qualify for the above.
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James Abbott, CPA and Associates