The Tax Blog for Smart Canadians

Tips and tricks for Canadian tax filers at every stage of life from UFile's tax expert Gerry Vittoratos



  • Taxes and everyday expenses

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 16, 2019   Comments:

    Through the course of our everyday lives, we pay for goods and services that are necessary. What kinds of taxes are charged on these goods and services? Are there exemptions? Let’s find out!

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  • Survey: How Canadians View Taxes and Technology

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 09, 2019   Comments:

    Unless it’s tax season, tax-related topics tend to get pushed to the sidelines, forgotten until that crucial time of the year when it’s time to sort it all out.

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  • Conducting your business remotely or planning a working holiday? Make sure you understand the tax liabilities

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 02, 2019   Comments:

    You’re self-employed, you travel extensively and you work while on holiday. There’s nothing better than sipping refreshments on the beach while working on your passion, but are there any tax consequences to these types of holidays?

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  • Bloggers and influencers

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 19, 2019   Comments:

    So, you’ve jumped into the world of social media and have found a way to make money doing it. Whether it’s through the creation of a blog or a podcast, or by being an influencer on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, the income earned from these sources is taxable on your tax return. But how should you report this income? Read on.

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  • Renting vs buying a home? Here's what you need to know

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 05, 2019   Comments:

    Buying a home is by far the most important financial decision you will make in your life. Let’s have a look at some of the factors to consider before taking this major step.

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  • Tax changes affecting your Quebec return for 2019

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 18, 2019   Comments:

    A new refundable tax credit has been added for seniors aged 70 or over. The amount that can be claimed depends on the family situation.

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  • Tax Changes

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 15, 2019   Comments:

    A new year means a new tax return to file. Are there any significant changes to take into account this year? Let’s find out.

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  • Discover the tax advantages (and disadvantages) of getting married

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 05, 2019   Comments:

    Congratulations on your big day! Making the decision to share your life with someone is a huge step, and many things will change for you. How does it affect your tax return though? Let’s find out!

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  • It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Tax Year

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 22, 2019   Comments:

    It’s that time of year again! No, not the holiday season in late December but the equivalent for taxes: RRSP season! Let’s have a look at the basics of this wonderful tax “holiday.”

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  • How to Claim Expenses as an Employee

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 08, 2019   Comments:

    It is common knowledge that businesses can deduct any expense incurred in the course of gaining income. Can employees deduct certain expenses? Read on to find out.

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  • Planting New Seeds for the Future

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Dec 18, 2018   Comments:

    In many ways, ideas are just like seeds. As another year comes to a close, give yourself enough time to reflect on your goals and aspirations for the future. Canadians from coast to coast have untapped opportunities to enhance their skill set, realize a dream, or sow the seeds of their future.

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  • The Holiday Gift Guide for Tax-Smart Canadians

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Dec 04, 2018   Comments:

    'Tis the season of generosity, and there is no better time to give to charitable organizations in need. Giving can be a rewarding experience, but giving to something you care about for someone you love can be even more rewarding.

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  • Small Business Owner? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You File.

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | May 22, 2018   Comments:

    The end of personal tax season heralds the beginning of business tax season. Before the beginning of this year’s business tax season, many owners and shareholders may have remarked upon recent rule changes, made by the federal government, which will affect the way they and their business file their taxes. As the June 15 filing deadline approaches, they may be wondering what exactly these changes mean for their 2017 return.

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  • Last-Minute Tips to Push You to the Finish Line

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 18, 2018   Comments:

    With the deadline to file this year’s tax return – April 30, 2018 – quickly approaching, Canadians can find themselves suddenly struggling to find the time to file.

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  • Does the Government Owe You Money?

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 04, 2018   Comments:

    How to determine what you’re getting back or what you’re paying. Let’s face it, tax season means different things to different people but the question on most taxpayers’ minds is how much money am I getting back—or how much will I owe? While tax calculations may seem complicated, there are simple things you can do to maximize what you get or minimize what you pay.

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  • The Curious History of Canadian Taxes

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 21, 2018   Comments:

    Like clockwork, they come every year. For most Canadians, taxes are one of the few constants that can be counted on. However, that hasn’t always been the case. While Canadians have been dutifully paying tax for just over a century, the path to today’s tax system has been winding and, sometimes, downright weird.

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  • Tax Changes You Need to Know Before You File for 2017

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 06, 2018   Comments:

    Canada, and its needs as a whole, is constantly evolving. One of our government’s main aims is to look at the big-picture economy, identify areas for improvement, and address economic needs or shortcomings. Tax credits are simply one way our government seeks to even out the economic playing field for everyone.

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  • Saving Up and Moving Out? Tax-Savvy Strategies for Your First Home Purchase

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 20, 2018   Comments:

    Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ basement for the first time, or just upgrading from a rental to a place of your very own, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ basement for the first time, or just upgrading from a rental to a place of your very own, it can be hard to know where to start.

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  • From Uber to Airbnb: Navigating Taxes in the Sharing Economy

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 12, 2018   Comments:

    Thanks to the advent of ride-sharing and home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, the way many Canadians earn their income has rapidly evolved. With so many new income streams for Canadians, when it comes to your taxes, do the same rules apply?

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  • Six Important Updates That Will Affect Your 2017 Tax Return

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 24, 2018   Comments:

    2017 was a momentous year for tax, and it seems 2018 is no different. Several key updates take center stage, causing Canadians to see and feel noticeable changes in the years to come.

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