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Caroline Battista

Caroline lives in North Vancouver with her husband, daughter and mini dachshund Milo

Caroline worked for H&R Block as a tax professional from January 2008 - January 2017. Steadily promoted within her district, Caroline leveraged her communication skills to act as the National spokesperson and community representative for her area.

She is happy to provide commentary on tax law changes and regulatory developments as well as translating tax into simple language.

Prior to joining Block, Caroline was an assistant director in the film and television industry, managing the cast and crew for programs like DaVinci’s Inquest & Dark Angel.

She is an active volunteer within her community. She volunteers at the Salvation Army’s Dignity Day preparing tax returns as part of their community outreach program. She also serves on the organizing committee for the Oppenheimer Park Dinner, which serves more than 2,500 meals on the downtown eastside Vancouver.

Caroline studied marketing and advertising at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and economics at the University of British Columbia.
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Why You Should Start Preparing For Next Year's Tax Filing Now

If you're in the midst of filing this year's tax return, why should you be thinking about next year's return? Well, as I wrote earlier this month, a lot of families are coming in and being caught off guard because the Enhanced UCCB, combined with the disappearance of the amount for children, is putting people in a position where they may owe tax this year.
04/05/2016 02:48 EDT
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Thinking About Making A #MoveToCanada?

From a northern perspective, Super Tuesday in the U.S. can be a spectacular political event. A candidate unexpectedly rises to the front or, in this case, continues their unexpected rise to the Presidential candidacy. And, like clockwork, a contingent of American voters suddenly proclaim that they're going to move to Canada. So what should people who are thinking of making the trek know about our tax system?
03/11/2016 02:06 EST
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Thinking About Making A #MoveToCanada?

From a northern perspective, Super Tuesday in the U.S. can be a spectacular political event. A candidate unexpectedly rises to the front or, in this case, continues their unexpected rise to the Presidential candidacy. And, like clockwork, a contingent of American voters suddenly proclaim that they're going to move to Canada. So what should people who are thinking of making the trek know about our tax system?
03/11/2016 02:06 EST
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Time Is Running Out To Make Your RRSP Contribution

When most working Canadians hear "RRSP," they think of their retirement savings. Or maybe even a nice winter home on the shores of sunny Florida. However, a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is more than just a retirement savings plan. It also has an impact on your tax obligation and can save you hard earned dollars come tax time.
02/26/2016 11:11 EST
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From Office Pools To Lotteries: Are Winnings Taxable?

The Super Bowl and the Oscars are just around the corner. Offices and organizations nationwide are going to be putting out the call to have colleagues, friends and family members make their picks. So, if you're curious about how the Canada Revenue Agency views the tax implications of prizes and winnings, here's a quick refresher.
01/21/2016 02:25 EST
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This Is How The Underground Economy Shortchanges Canadians

It may be tempting to pay for certain things in cash because we think that saving a few dollars here and there can't hurt; however, we fail to see the larger impact of what happens when we do. The underground economy makes it challenging to protect the country's revenue base and hinders the government's ability to keep taxes low. When people pay in cash, they skip out on paying the taxes that support things like healthcare, education and public transportation -- the very social services we rely on every day.
12/28/2015 04:06 EST
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What The Liberals' Tax Promises May Mean For You

In Canada, our system is unique to the individual, and tax obligations are based on each person's allowable deductions and credits. Knowing what to include is often difficult for filers because, across Canada, confusion about taxes persists. Knowing how influential taxes were in the election, let's make sure we understand what is out there and available.
11/05/2015 03:50 EST
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The UCCB Is Actually Helping Lower Income Canadians

While the Child Tax Credit was a nice boost for parents at tax time, you had to have earned enough income to benefit from it. As a non-refundable credit, it meant you had to have paid tax during the year in order to claim it. So a low income family may not have been able to take advantage of the credit. They did not actually benefit from it. This will not be an issue with the enhanced UCCB.
08/14/2015 08:26 EDT