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As the Income Tax Act is ever evolving here are the top five changes you should be aware of:
- Sale of Principle Residence – new – Individuals who have sold their home on or after January 1, 2016 and claim the principle residence exemption because it was their primary residence for all of the years the home was owned now need to report this transaction on schedule 3. For more information on this new reporting requirement please visit CRA’s website on this topic.
- Teachers and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit – new –This new tax credit allows teachers and early childhood educators to claim a 15% tax credit on up to $1,000 of eligible teaching supplies. For more information on this new reporting requirement please visit CRA’s website on this topic.
- Back-to-School Amount – new – Residents of British Columbia may claim a $250 tax credit for each child, who is at least 4 years of age and under 17 years of age, attending school. No receipts are required to claim this tax credit.
- Children Fitness and Art Tax Credit – change – The maximum amounts that can be claimed for the Children’s Fitness and Art Tax Credit has been reduced to $500 and $250 respectively.
- Family Tax Cut Credit – eliminated – This non-refundable tax credit that was available in the 2014 and 2015 taxation years has now been eliminated.
The Government of Canada provides analysis and detailed information on economic indicators using the most recent data from Statistics Canada on the website, www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sis-sic.nsf/eng/home. This website can help small to medium sized businesses understand the dynamics of their industries. Users can focus on a single industry over time or compare one industry against another.
Data is segregated based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Within each specific NAICS code is detailed financial performance data. Such data includes, for example, average gross margins, detailed breakdowns of expenses (e.g. repairs and maintenance, labour, professional and business fees) as a percentage of revenues, and certain financial ratios (e.g. current ratio, return on total assets).
Consider using this site to compare your costs as a percentage of revenues to other Canadian companies in your industry.
*** As published in the 2016 Fourth Quarter edition of Tax, Tips & Traps***
In October 2014 the Conservative government announced the following changes to the federal Children Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) program commencing in 2015:
- the maximum that can be claimed under this program is $1,000 (previously $500).
- the tax credit is now refundable
Therefore parents may receive a refund of 15% of the amount claimed under the program up to a maximum of $150.
For more information on the CFTC program please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.