Here is how to confirm if the CRA called you…and not a scammer: Tell the caller you would like to first verify their identity Ask for, and make a note of their: name phone number office location Check that the call you received was legitimate by contacting the CRA at the number that you look up yourself on the CRA website before you provide any information to the caller. Call the CRA employee back to discuss the reason for the call.
If you make claims in your taxes, you’d better back them up. Most claims in taxes require invoices and receipts as backup. Jamie Golombek of the Financial Post had to spend over an hour getting backup (receipts / invoices / evidence) of his home office claims after a CRA audit. Read his Feb 10 article.
You can claim a Home Office Expense Credit for 2021. Details here. Talk to your tax accountant as needed! https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-22900-other-employment-expenses/work-space-home-expenses/how-claim.html
The 2020 Tax deadline is approaching on April 30, 2021. Make sure, you do your taxes properly with CERB income and other government (CRB, CESB, CRSB,CRCB) supports. Penalties ~5% and interest may apply if you file and pay late.
This is a short reminder that government support payments are often taxable. Some of the payments send out had no tax deductions, so if you received cash, put some aside for taxes. For the CERB, How much to put aside? As it was at a low-income level, use the lowest rate at 20.5% (federal rate at 15% and provincial 5.05%). So the rule of thumb is put aside 20% of CERB. The CRA-administered CRB, CRSB and CRCB all have 10% withheld at source (they deduct 10% for taxes just like you were an employee). So, put aside 10% of CRB, […]