Watts Advisors Accounting & Tax Blog

First-time home buyers’ tax credit 0

June 15, 2012

Starting in 2009 first-time home buyers’ are eligible to claim a $5,000 tax credit in the year that their home is purchased.  Many people are not aware of this, and I have even encountered people who do their own taxes and have missed out on the credit because they were not ...

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Principal Residence Exemption 0

April 13, 2012

Recently I have received a few questions about the tax rules surrounding your principal residence.   The general idea behind the Principal Residence Exemption is that you are not taxed on gains you realize when you sell your residence.  But like many tax guidelines in Canada the rules are more complicated than that to ...

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Deductible Employment Expenses 0

March 27, 2012

There are a few instances where you are able to deduct expenses against employment income.  The content of this blog will just cover the most common expenses of standard employment arrangements.  There are specialized rules for commission employees and other unique circumstances as well as more specialized expenses that will ...

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CRA Giving Out 20% Penalty for Missing Information 0

March 20, 2012

Most people aren’t aware of one of the harshest penalties that the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) gives out.  This penalty doesn’t necessarily relate to fraud or tax evasion, but can occur if someone is simply forgetful or unorganized. Over the last couple of years the CRA has started charging a 20% ...

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Personal Tax Return Checklist 0

March 6, 2012

Below is a checklist that I have put together to help my clients organize and compile the information needed to complete their personal tax return. Slips All information Slips (T4, T3, T5, T4E, T4A, T4AP, T4RSP, T4RIF, T5013) Old Age Security and CPP benefits Other Pensions and Annuities Employment insurance benefits Social assistance payments Workers compensation Benefits RRSP ...

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RRSP’s – An Overview 0

February 15, 2012

With two weeks left until the 2011 RRSP contribution deadline on February 29, 2012 it seemed like a good time to blog about some common client questions I receive on the subject,  “Why should I contribute to an RRSP?”, “What are the benefits of contributing to my RRSP?” or, “Should ...

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