Taxes Canada

Ways to Be Smart With Your Tax Refund

Caroline Battista | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

The decision about what to do with your tax refund is particularly important to those young Canadians anticipating a refund. You want a vacation, and there's probably something you've wanted to buy and put off until you got your return. But consider this...

Tories' TFSA Plan Slammed As A $15-Billion Threat To Financial Stability

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Business

The Tories’ plan to double the contribution limit on tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) hasn’t even been officially announced yet, but critics have...

How Disparate Taxation Can Lead to Black Markets

Salman Sakir | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Taxation is mostly used by state governments to generate revenue; it is sometimes used as a policy tool to dissuade citizens from the consumption of different products or services. However, the introduction of disparate taxation may lead to unintended consequences. Disparate taxation on cigarettes may lead to the creation and expansion of black markets for cigarettes. It is very important to be cognizant of the unintended consequences of disparate taxation when it is used as a policy tool.

What Harper Giveth, The Provinces Taketh Away

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undoubtedly hoping that this year’s round of tax cuts and expanded family benefits will make Canadians feel richer ...

Revenue Canada Told To 'Stockpile' Some Family Tax Cut Claims

CBC | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Business

Some families hoping to cash in on the government's much-hyped family tax cut may have to put their spring spending spree on hold for a few month...

As Tax Returns Roll In, Realities Of Family Tax Cut Come Out

CP | Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Young Canadian families are beginning to learn the size of savings they'll glean from new federal tax cuts as they prepare their 2014 tax r...

Income-Splitting Means Fewer Women Working

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The parliamentary budget office has found that the Conservative government's new income-splitting tax plan may encourage some low-wage worker...

8 Things You Need To Know Before Claiming New Family Tax Cut

CBC | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Business

Call it income splitting-lite. The version of the family tax credit announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper last October was a tweaked version of a...

8 Ways to Stay Ahead and Organized this Tax Season

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Business
Professional Organizers in Canada

As income tax season creeps forward, many of us wince at the thought of dealing with bursting glove compartments or drawers of faded disorganized receipts, missing electronic documents and the ensuing weekend or evenings spent slaving over the associated paperwork and electronic chores. Here are 8 tips to help you stay organized and stress-free while filing your taxes:

Is A Family Earning $120K 'Middle Class'? Feds Think So

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's finance minister insists low- and middle-income families will see two-thirds of the benefits from the Harper government's contentiou...

Feds Hound Senior With Dementia, Parkinson's For $12K In Taxes

CBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The Canada Revenue Agency is demanding thousands of dollars from a B.C. senior, who suffers from dementia and Parkinson's disease, for failing to decl...

Canada Urged To Change Tax System In Fight Against Inequality

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A new research paper for the C.D. Howe Institute says Canada can help combat rising income inequality by taxing people separately for their p...

TFSAs Will Lead To 'Welfare' For The Wealthy, Government Warned

CBC | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Business

The Conservative government is facing calls to change the rules around tax-free savings accounts now before a loophole means some of Canada's wea...

Want Your Team To Win The Stanley Cup? Raise Their Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business

A coalition of low-tax advocacy groups recently put out a report analyzing what high income taxes on hockey players mean for NHL teams. And, natura...

Look Who's Paying Canada's Highest Property Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Business

Homeowners in some of Canada’s most expensive real estate markets pay some of the country’s lowest property tax rates, and vice versa. The Real...

Provinces Would Suffer Under Tories' Income-Splitting Plan: Report

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A Conservative plan to allow Canadians to use income splitting as a tax-saving measure will be just one more example of the federal governmen...

Canadians Pay A Lot In Taxes, Fraser Institute Reminds Us

CP | Alexandra Bosanac, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - A new study says the average Canadian family was spending more on taxes than on food, shelter and clothing combined.The Fraser Institute s...

54,000 Canadians Snared By TFSA Rule

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A tricky rule keeps tripping up thousands of Canadians who make withdrawals from their tax-free savings accounts, and replace the money too e...

Canada's Income Inequality Much Worse Than Advertised: Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s income inequality may be much worse than statistics suggest, because Canada’s biggest earners are hiding their actual incomes by incorpor...

Surprise! Your Taxes Have Gone Up

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Business

Tax Freedom Day for the average Canadian family fell on June 9 this year, one day later than last, as Canadians saw broad-based — though relatively ...

Good News About Harper's 'iPod Tax'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Business

The so-called “iPod tax” that the Harper government (possibly unwittingly) introduced in the 2013 budget has been removed. Critics slammed the ...

Your Taxes Are Lower .. Thanks To Deficits

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog says Canadians are paying Ottawa about $30 billion less this year — or a little less than $1,000 per person — du...

Do I Really, Really Have to File a Tax Return? (Yes)

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

There's denial: I don't really have to file a tax return on time, do I? The answer, for the vast majority of Canadians, is: Yes. And those who aren't required to file a return are missing out on cash and other benefits.

OECD Has Good News, Bad News About Canadians' Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Business

With this year's tax deadline approaching rapidly, many people's thoughts are turning to the shell-shocking amount of money the government routinely t...

What Canadians Think Of Tories' Income-Splitting Plan

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business

Despite criticisms that the plan would disproportionately favour wealthy households, Canadians largely support the Tories’ plan to allow income-spli...