It may not be time to file your 2014 taxes but now is the time to make sure that all of your previous years of taxes are in order.
To file your taxes in Canada you need to be aware of the important dates (December 31st – End of the tax year, April 30th – Tax Filing deadline, remember to keep all of your receipts and to follow up with your employer to get your T4 form. Each year there are common questions that arise from our customers in Canada so we wanted to give you some advice on the three most common problems that crop up every tax season in Canada:
1. Do you have your T4 form?
Your T4 form is a summary of all the income and taxes you paid throughout the year of employment. If you don't have your T4 form it can be a bit of challenge to file your taxes. You will need a record of every payslip that you received. T4 forms are usually distributed by Canadian employers in February each year. If you haven't received your T4 form you are entitled to request one from your employer.
If you worked for several employers in the tax year don’t worry you are can still file your tax return, you just need to have a T4 form from each of them to complete your tax return file. If you have issues retrieving your T4 form we can help.
2. Have you over paid tax?
Under claiming expenses can lead to an over payment of tax for those that don't know the tax regulations in Canada. This often happens with self employed beauticians, construction workers and others who are afraid to claim expenses they are entitled too in case they get a penalty or they get audited in the future.
Charitable donations, medical expenses, moving expenses and some expenses relating to the cost of training are just some of the expenses that you are entitled to claim for. For more detailed information on the different types of expenses in Canada register here.
3. Are you a resident or non-resident for tax purposes?
If you are working in Canada on a working holiday visa you are considered a non-resident for tax purposes or you stay in Canada for less than 183 days. This affects the amount of tax you pay and also the tax return that you should receive at the end of your working holiday.
As a non-resident in Canada you must have proof of identification, a T4 form from your employer and a signed authorisation to allow any third party to file taxes on your behalf. It is crucial that you file your taxes correctly and on time in Canada every year.
We are on hand to answer all of your Canadian tax queries! Canada@taxback.com
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