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



  • Tax-efficient cash in trying times

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Apr 14, 2021   Comments:

    With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, many have been adversely affected, especially financially. Are there tax-efficient ways to raise cash in these trying times? Read on…

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  • Five little-known medical expenses

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 31, 2021   Comments:

    Your medical expenses for the year are eligible for the medical expense tax credit. Are you missing out on some of them? Read on to find out.

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  • RRSP 2021

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 16, 2021   Comments:

    COVID-19 or not, RRSP season is here! 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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  • CERB repayment for the self-employed and interest payment relief

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 12, 2021   Comments:

    The Canadian government recently made a significant announcement about relief measures related to CERB payments received by self-employed individuals and interest payable by those having received COVID-related benefits. Read on for details.

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  • Tax Readiness Checklist

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 13, 2021   Comments:

    Another year is in the books but unfortunately, 2020 was a particularly challenging one. However, one thing remains constant in our lives: taxes! Let’s get ready for another tax season with the readiness checklist.

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  • How to spend your tax refund

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

    The best part of filing your tax return is (hopefully) getting a refund. You’ve earned it! Now, what should you do with the cash? Let’s find out

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  • Are your marijuana stocks growing like weeds? Make sure your profits don’t go up in smoke

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Mar 31, 2020   Comments:

    With the legalization of marijuana in Canada, a whole new sector and a new set of companies are available to invest in. The potential gains are limitless. The potential gains are limitless. However, they also come with a lot of risk. Read on to find out how you can minimize the downsides.

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  • RRSPs vs TFSAs – 5 considerations to maximize your savings

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Feb 19, 2020   Comments:

    It’s the age-old tax planning question: should I invest in my RRSP or my TFSA? The answer to this as to any other tax question is that it depends. Don’t worry, this article won’t be another comparative of the differences between these two programs. It will simply ask 5 questions that you should consider before you make a choice.

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  • Tax Update 2019

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

    A new tax season is upon us. Unfortunately, it begins in the coldest time of the year, so let’s warm up this winter with a primer on the changes to the tax return.

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  • Are you ready for RRSP season?

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Jan 24, 2020   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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  • Taxes and everyday expenses

    by UFile Team Équipe ImpôtExpert | Dec 18, 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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