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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Get Year-End Ready – Tax Tips and Tricks Before 2018 Hits

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Dec 14, 2017   Comments:

    As tax season quickly approaches and 2017 comes to a close, you may be looking for ways to optimize your return. Fortunately, there’s still time to look at small changes that could have a big impact, and our UFile tax experts have compiled a list of tips geared at helping you get ready for year-end.

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  • Filing Taxes for the First Time as a Canadian Resident? Here’s What You Need to Know.

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Nov 27, 2017   Comments:

    Canada is on track to welcome as many as 320,000 newcomers to the country in 2017, which means there will be many first time tax filers learning how to navigate the Canada tax system. If this is your first year in Canada, we've got you covered!

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  • Going Green: Save the Planet While Saving Cash

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 13, 2017   Comments:

    When it comes to making eco-friendly choices, Canadians have made significant strides. More Canadians use LED light bulbs, e-billing, and water-efficient systems than ever, indicating that Canadians care about the Earth.

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  • Smooth Sailing: Budgeting For Economy Highs and Lows

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Feb 14, 2017   Comments:

    Between energy sector lows, tightened mortgage rules, and the potential for new border taxes, sometimes it feels like Canadians just can’t catch a break.

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  • RRSP season is upon us

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Feb 01, 2017   Comments:

    RRSP season is upon us! Time to go through the couch covers and scrounge up the last of our savings to make that all-important contribution. Let’s look at some fundamental concepts of RRSPs.

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  • Five Important Updates To Know Before You File Your 2016 Tax Return

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Jan 25, 2017   Comments:

    The start of a new year for most Canadians signals a feeling of optimism, a time of reflection, and a renewed sense of setting goals.

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  • Why Tax-Smart Kids Become Happier Adults

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 10, 2017   Comments:

    As Bill Murray famously noted, the best way to teach kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream.

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  • Making The Most of Tax Deductions (Regardless of Income)

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Oct 18, 2016   Comments:

    The arrival of fall is a great time to start thinking about, and making plans to prepare your personal income tax return.

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  • Welcome to 2016!

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Jan 13, 2016   Comments:

    As a new year begins and tax season approaches we would like to offer a couple of tax-saving resolutions to add to your list.

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  • Tax changes for 2014

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Feb 12, 2015   Comments:

    No matter what kind of taxpayer you are, 2014 is a tax year full of changes that will affect your tax return. Before starting your tax return, take a moment to acquaint yourself with the many changes to the Federal return and with those that apply to your own province.

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  • Go "e" and stay warm

    by Gerry Vittoratos | Jan 15, 2015   Comments:

    I don’t like getting bills in the mail. I don’t have home delivery from Canada Post and it is currently -15 C in my neighborhood. That’s why I have arranged for all or most of my business correspondence addressed to arrive by email or online.

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