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



  • Home office expenses: comparative between employees and self-employed individuals

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | May 05, 2021   Comments:

    Due to the pandemic, home office expenses have become the hot topic in taxation. Many people were required to work from home, and others started side gigs to make ends meet. Read on to find out what you can claim as home office expenses if you’re an employee or self-employed.

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  • The sharing economy and the pandemic

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 17, 2021   Comments:

    COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way people work. Due to widespread unemployment brought on by the pandemic, many individuals have started working side gigs through sharing economy apps to make ends meet. Let’s look at some of the tax implications.

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  • Tax update 2020

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 11, 2021   Comments:

    Another tax season is just around the corner. Let’s have a look at some important changes coming to the tax return.

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  • Home office expenses and the pandemic

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 27, 2021   Comments:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way people work. Gone are the office cubicles, now replaced by bedrooms and kitchen tables. What can you claim on your income tax return regarding your home office? Read on…

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  • Recovery Benefits

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Oct 05, 2020   Comments:

    As the federal government begins to wind down Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)> new programs have been announced to help individuals who are encountering continued financial hardships.

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  • Government support measures for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | May 13, 2020   Comments:

    Government support measures for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Falling for a CRA scam, and how to protect yourself

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 29, 2020   Comments:

    You just got a call from a “CRA agent” telling you that you owe money to the government and that you have to pay off the debt quickly or there will be legal consequences. Can this be legitimate? How can you avoid falling for a scam?

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  • Support measures for students during the COVID-19 pandemic

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 24, 2020   Comments:

    The federal government recently announced measures to support students financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. What are they? Let’s find out.

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  • Your investments, taxes and the pandemic - How to keep your cool during trying times

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 15, 2020   Comments:

    This article’s intent is not to offer investment advice. You should always consult a certified financial advisor before making any decisions. The statistics presented above should give you “food for thought” before making rash decisions about your portfolio.

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  • The gig economy in 2020: find out how to save tax with these helpful tips

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 22, 2020   Comments:

    Joining the gig economy has never been easier than it is today due to advances in technology. It can be as simple as downloading an app and owning a car. And the gig economy is becoming more common: according to StatsCan (2016), over 1.7 million Canadians have a side hustle.

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  • Planning on selling your home this year? Don’t let the taxman spoil your move

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 08, 2020   Comments:

    So, you’ve decided to sell your most valuable asset this year. Maybe you saw an opportunity for a place you’ve had your eye on for some time and you pounced! Whatever the reason is, there will be tax consequences for such a move. Read on…

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  • Managing your investments at year end

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

    It’s the holiday season! A time to gather with family and friends and reflect on the year gone by. Tax season seems far away at this point, but it’s a lot closer than you might think. Hold on there, taxman, isn’t my filing deadline on April 30th of the FOLLOWING year? Yes, it is, but with a little investment planning (stocks/mutual funds/ETFs NOT in your RRSP/TFSA) over the holidays, you can come out a winner during tax season. How? Let’s find out.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Where Do My Tax Dollars Even Go?

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 03, 2018   Comments:

    We all have a part to play in contributing to the growth and advancement of our country, and that’s why taxes are so important. But the truth is, most Canadians are in the dark about where exactly their tax dollars go. That’s why we’ve prepped a handy breakdown of all the important things your tax money helps to fund. In this season of giving, let’s find what you’ve been giving to all year.

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  • It’s Time For A Personal Finance Checkup

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 30, 2017   Comments:

    There is no need to be bedridden this tax season; late March is a great time to take a look at your finances, spending habits, and potential savings. Looking at an entire year will offer you excellent perspective, and will help keep you on track (or get you on track) for the rest of 2017.

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  • Fast-Track Your Student Debt By Focusing on the Facts

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 20, 2017   Comments:

    In 2014, Canadian post-secondary institutions saw graduation numbers climb to 515,865. Even more impressive were enrolment numbers, with 2,054,943 students signing up for the 2014/2015 school year.

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  • The Nuts & Bolts of Modern Family Filing

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Mar 01, 2017   Comments:

    It’s 2017, and families are more diverse than ever. The image of what a makes a“normal” family no longer looks like the traditional “husband-wife-son-and-daughter” unit.

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  • Gigonomics 101: Become A Profitable Freelancer

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Dec 06, 2016   Comments:

    Canada’s gig economy is growing, and at a rapid pace. Starting and running a small business is a major undertaking, especially if you’re self-employed. While securing and retaining clients will always be top priority, keeping your financial house in order does not exactly come second, either.

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