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If you are a Canadian resident planning a trip to the US for health reasons or for vacation, and you maintain your residential ties in Canada, read up and learn how the Canadian income tax laws apply to you.   You are considered a factual resident of Canada if you spend part of the year in the US (for example), for health reasons or for vacation, and you maintain your residential ties in Canada.  As a factual resident, the CRA will tax your income as if you never left Canada.  The CRA will tax your income so ensure that you continue...
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For families:  At tax time, families can take advantage of a few tax credits that will help them save on tax.  If parents have signed up their kids for fitness and arts activities and have saved their receipts, they can claim the Children’s fitness tax credit or the Children’s arts amount.  If they have a dependant with physical or mental impairment to support, they may also be able to claim and additional amount (up to $2,093 in 2015) related to the Family Caregiver Amount.  For students: If you were a student in 2015, you may be able to claim tuition, textbook,...
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 I can give other examples of similar issues being treated differently by different staff or by different offices, but I don’t want to get actual people in trouble for being nice.  The point is this.  Don’t expect that the CRA are going to be fair or consistent.  In the 2 examples I mentioned in Part 1, the CRA uses its computers to do what is called matching.  The system checks tax returns against the t-slips on file and checks to see if all amounts have been reported.  I have encountered this before for a myriad of reasons.  People don’t receive a...
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 How many people know their rights when it comes to dealing with the CRA?  My guess is not many.  Did you know that the CRA posts your rights on their website?  This is all good I know until you get the phone call or letter out of the blue saying you owe lots of back taxes and by the way we are charging huge interest on it as well.  This type of thing usually scares the crap out of most people and they assume (we know what happens when we assume, right?) that the CRA are only doing what is proper...
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