The income tax return filing deadline is just a few days away now, your personal tax return Canada for the Year 2011 has to be filed on or before April 30, 2012. So don’t delay, get all the benefits and avoid late filling penalty (5% of tax owing + 1% per month) and delay in receiving benefits you deserve from the 2012 tax season.
“If you file your return after the deadline, your GST/HST credit (including any related provincial or territorial credit), Canada Child Tax Benefit payments (including certain of related provincial or territorial programs), and Old Age Security benefit payments may be delayed.”
There is no government restriction on the issue of how you should file your Personal Tax Return Canada, whether you prepare your tax return through professional accountants, tax consultants, Netfile transmission service, and tax software programs or do it yourself, but as you know process of financial amendments and changes by the government took place with time to time and sometimes it’s tough for an individual to keep track of them. It can make it critical to understand various kinds of available tax credits and deductions. That’s why it’s good advice to use a professional service to get all the available credits to get full advantage.
There is something for everyone in terms of saving money; you can take advantage of tax credits and deductions this tax season. Discover all the ways to reduce your taxes as individuals and families, seniors, homeowners, tradespersons, students, self-employed, persons with disabilities and Tax professionals. Learn about the several of tax-saving measures that government of Canada has adopted to benefit taxpayer as an individual or business, who file tax return Canada this year:
- Children’s arts tax credit entitles families that may claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $75 per child for eligible expenses (maximum $500) of enrolling in a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity.
- Children’s fitness tax credit entitles families that may claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $75 per child for eligible expenses (maximum $500) of enrolling in a prescribed program of physical activity.
- First-time homebuyers’ tax credit entitles first-time homebuyers that can claim a non-refundable tax credit of $750 for the purchase of a qualifying home.
- The public transit tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit that helps individuals cover the cost of public transit.
- Pension income splitting helps tax savings for pensioners in which they can split up to 50% of eligible pension income with their spouse or common-law partner and reduce their overall tax paid.
- If you are a volunteer firefighter, you may be able to claim an amount of $3,000 through a Volunteer firefighter tax credit.
- Tradesperson’s tools deduction permits tradespersons to deduct from their income part of the cost of tools purchased throughout the year.
- Hiring credit for small business gives small businesses relief from the employer’s share of employment insurance premiums paid in 2011. The credit of up to $1,000 will automatically be credited to your payroll account.
- Cost allowance Computer capital is a deduction that allows businesses to claim 100% of computer costs (including systems software) purchased after January 27, 2009, and before midnight on January 31, 2011.
- Apprenticeship job creation tax credit entitles the business to get a tax credit, an eligible salary paid to an employee in a prescribed trade in the first two years of his or her apprenticeship contract qualifies for a non-refundable tax credit for the employer.
- Investment tax credit for child care spaces entitles employers who carry on a business in Canada, other than a child care services business, can include a non-refundable amount in their investment tax credit calculation for each new child care space they create in a licensed child care facility they operate for the benefit of the children of their employees.
- Small business deduction permits the net tax rate is 11%.for Canadian-controlled private corporations claiming the small business deduction,
- Corporation tax rate reduction allows the corporation net tax rate decreases as follows: 18% effective January 1, 2010; 16.5% effective January 1, 2011; and 15% effective January 1, 2012.
Benefits of filing Personal Tax Return Canada for new Canadians and families
Tax filing brings great benefits for new Canadians, if you are a new Canadian resident and want to claim Canada Child Tax Benefit (tax-free monthly payments to cover the cost of raising children) for all of your children under 18 years old, don’t forget to file your tax returns before the deadline. Moreover, it also makes you eligible to receive $100 a month for each child under six years of age as a Universal Child Care Benefit.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low or modest incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay.
Benefits of your contributions
In addition to the aforementioned tax-advantages, taking credit of financial contribution into tax-advantaged savings and investment accounts like Tax-free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) and Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSPs) will bring more tax deduction, savings while your money grows as these accounts bring an ability to carry forward any unused contribution room to future years.
Moreover, you can only claim tax credit benefits and deductions on your spending through your Personal Tax Return Canada if you have receipts and proof of all of your expenses like medical expenses, first-time homebuyer’s credits, children’s fitness and art credits, tuition fee, education and textbooks, interest paid on student loans, charitable donations, child and dependent care and lot more things, you may check for updates and review an authentic guideline on various related things here on the official website of CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).