Are you worried about filing your taxes? Don’t be. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the 2019 tax filing deadline again to September 30. This is the third time it has extended the deadline. The first two extensions were June 1 and September 1.
You must file your tax returns even if your tax bill is $0. The CRA offers several cash benefits to low and middle-income earners who file taxes.
The CRA tax breaks
Now that you have some time in your hand to file your taxes, you might want to consider different tax breaks and deductions that can lower your 2019 tax bill. The CRA offers many tax breaks on expenses which it deems necessary to live a comfortable life. You pay two types of income tax: federal tax and provincial tax.
There are three non-refundable tax breaks that you can deduct from your 2019 taxable income.
Every year, the federal and provincial governments set a minimum basic personal amount on which no tax is charged. For 2019, the federal personal amount is $12,069, and Ontario’s amount is $10,582.
I will explain this tax break with an example. John is a salaried employee from Ontario and is earning $44,000 annually. Based on his income, he has to pay $8,800 in income tax (15% federal tax and 5.05% provincial tax). He can deduct the personal amount from his taxable income, which will reduce his tax bill to around $6,500. If you think a $2,300 reduction is good, read ahead.
Canada employment amount
The CRA allows salaried employees an employment deduction of up to $1,222. It provides this deduction for the work-related expenses they bear, such as home computers, uniforms, and supplies. This deduction is only applicable to the federal tax.
Continuing my previous example, John can further deduct $1,222 from his taxable income, thereby reducing his tax bill by another $183 to around $6,300.
Digital news tax credit
The CRA introduced digital news tax credit last year, which allows you to claim 15% on your digital news subscriptions of up to $500. If John spent $500 on qualifying digital news subscriptions, he can reduce his tax bill by another $75 to $6,220.
The above three tax credits and deductions apply to every Canadian, single or married, earning an employment income. The CRA offers other deductions based on your age, health, and family size.
- It offers an age amount of up to $7,494 for people over 65 years of age.
- For parents, it allows a $2,230 deduction for each dependent child under 18.
- For those with a disability, it offers a maximum deduction of $8,416.
Make the most of your CRA tax savings
Taking the previous example, John saved $2,600 in his tax bill, just from the above three non-refundable tax breaks. You can save more on your tax by investing some amount in your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). The RRSP allows you to claim tax benefits on your present contribution, and pay tax on your future withdrawals.
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