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The Government of Canada recently released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2017-2018. This report presents an overview of the Government’s spending and revenue performance for the previous fiscal year. Here’s a quick list of the highlights:• The Government posted a budgetary deficit of $19B for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, down from a projected budgetary deficit of $19.9B in Budget 2018.• Revenues increased by $20.1B or 6.9% from 2016-2017.• Program expenses increased by $19.5B or 6.7%.• Canadians added 427,300 jobs, leading the unemployment rate to fall to 5.8% in December 2017.• Real GDP grew...
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The CRA recently released highlights from their Corporate Planning with their commitments to Canadians in respect to tax services. 1. CRA commits to providing timely and accurate information through written correspondence or their telephone services. • By May 2019, the CRA’s goal is to complete improvements to the design, style, clarity and tone of 95% of their written correspondence to Canadians. 2. CRA commits to making it easy to comply with tax obligations. • By December 2018, the CRA plans to allow taxpayers who use GST/HST Internet File Transfer software to register for online mail. • By May 2019, the CRA...
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Two years ago, the Canadian Government launched the Canada Child Benefit to replace both the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) and the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). The Canada child benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under the age of 18.This benefit is paid over a 12-month period from July of one year to June of next year. The benefit payments are recalculated every July based on the information from you and your spouse’s tax return from previous the previous year. In last year’s Fall Economic Statement,...
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The CRA has recently announced that it is publishing a series of studies on Canada’s tax gap. Tax gap is the term used to describe the difference between the government’s potential tax revenue and the actual taxes collected.To examine the different parts of the gap, the CRA conducted four studies: 1. A conceptual study on tax gap estimation (June 2016)2. An estimate of the tax gap for GST/HST (June 2016)3. A report on domestic personal income tax compliance in Canada (June 2017)4. International Tax Gap and Compliance Results for the Federal Personal Income Tax System (July 2018)The fourth study, the latest...
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