Different Ways to File Tax Returns

Processing of Canadian tax returns starts from the middle of February. Regardless of how early income tax return is filed, you cannot get any update on the status of tax refund till middle of March. You should wait for additional four weeks before checking the status of refund. If the return is filed after April 15, you will have to wait for six weeks before you get any update.

Canada Revenue Agency has come up with numerous different ways by which tax returns can be filed. The authority is laying more emphasis to file return by going online. The agency discontinued filling by phone in 2012, and automatic mailing of income tax package was stopped this year. The agency still provides paper income tax package tough.

You should choose the method that is most suitable for filing tax returns.

  • Use NETFILE to file Canadian income tax return

NETFILE is used by most Canadians to file income tax return over the internet. You should only use web application or commercial software certified by the CRA to prepare your income tax form. Some software can be used for free with NETFILE.

  • Use traditional mail method to file return

This method is used since the time tax returns are filed; it is most simple method and is used by the majority of Canadians. No matter how complicated your return file is, it is really effective in any situation. The only expense you have to bear is that of stamps to mail it to the concerned department. You can get the mailing address from the CRA website.

  • Hire a service provider to file tax return through EFILE

You can prepare you income tax returns using EFILE, and then take it to a service provider who will file it electronically for you, for a charge. The benefit is your return is filed quickly.

  • Hire an accountant to file return

Small or big business houses have lots of things to take care of, so it is better for them to hire an accountant to take care of income tax returns. On the other hand, if you don’t have the inclination to go through the entire chore or just don’t have enough time, it is better to hire an accountant to get things done.

Regardless of how good we were in our school arithmetic, when it comes to filling income tax returns, may people start to sweat at the thought of it. A single wrong entry means you have to make several rounds to the agency to get the things sorted out. You may also end up paying penalty if there is any discrepancy in the return.

Accountants and related service providers are experienced and knowledgeable professionals. They are taught how to do it and many have been doing it for years. These people have dedicated staffs who are expert in this field. Don’t try this on your own unles

Benefits that one can earn by the tax return funds

There are large numbers of ways which have been suggested by the expert professionals in the finance industry to use your tax refund savings. There are five ways which have been discussed here in this article which let you utilize your savings in a best possible way and in an efficient manner so as to have better financial security in the upcoming years.

Pay Down debt

Pay down Debt is considered as the most secure reason for getting higher returns than any other. This is the case if you possess the high-interest credit card debt. Paying all your tax return funding will surely result in a way which is much better to have greater returns. You can million of rupees by just paying off an extra debt. This is one of the options one can consider and utilize it.

Fund your savings

If you do not possess high interest card or debit card, then this is also one of the best option you can consider it while utilizing your tax return. You can every time put your funds of the tax returns into your emergency savings account. This saving account will provide you the necessary help every time you face difficult situations which can be recovered only with the help of finance. This account will not even allow you to lend money from any other external source such as borrowing money from credit card companies or taking a loan from Bank. This emergency saving account will never put you into the jeopardizing situation at the time of emergency.

Save for you betterment of life at the time of Retirement

Retirement is considered as one of the most important phase of the life. Investing your tax return fund into some retirement policy which will after retirement can provide you the better aspects. There are large numbers of policies initiated by the Government in regard with retirement. You can choose any one of them according to your desire and need.

Invest in Real Estate

Investing in Real Estate is the best and worth option for you in respect of investing your tax return fund. This is one of the best options in today’s scenario. It is already been discussed and suggested by the real estate professionals that after some years the homebuyers will receive the greater options in this regard due to the upcoming boon in the Real Estate industry. If you do not possess your own home and have dreamt about it, then it is the right time to consider them and fulfill your dreams and goals by buying or investing in the property that will pay high return.

Saving for your Children’s future

The first and foremost objective of every parent is to make their children’s future secure and bright and this can happen only if you invest money for their studies at the right time. You can any time start the savings account for your children’s higher studies and tuition fees.

These all options are very much beneficial for you and will help you to breathe in the safe atmosphere even at the time of crisis and emergency. So, invest your money at the right place and at the right time.

Professionalism and your tax professional

Everyone wants to minimize the taxes they pay, but at what cost? If you’re dealing with a “professional” who lacks professionalism, you’re taking your chances. There is no amount of savings that is worth dealing with a company that doesn’t insist on doing things the right way.

Toronto tax preparer guilty of over million dollar tax fraud scheme

Toronto, Ontario, March 21, 2012…The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that Christopher Paterson of Toronto pleaded guilty on March 19, 2012, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto, to one count of fraud over $5,000. Paterson received an 18 month conditional sentence and 200 hours of community service. In addition, Paterson cannot prepare or file any tax returns or tax appeals on behalf of any person other than himself. Paterson must maintain employment and comply with other statutory conditions.

A CRA investigation revealed that Paterson prepared 144 false income tax returns for the 2004 to 2008 tax years on behalf of himself and 87 clients. He claimed a total of $1,094,559 in false charitable donation deductions on these fraudulent returns, reducing the amount of federal taxes owed. As a result, refunds totalling $313,992 were issued to Paterson’s clients to which they were not entitled. In addition, Paterson also attempted to claim another $154,148 in false charitable donations claims on 16 of his clients’ income tax returns, resulting in those clients attempting to understate federal taxes by $44,255.

Paterson operated a tax preparation business called TaxTips1. Paterson sold false charitable donations receipts of various amounts to his clients for a fee. He then used these charitable donation receipts to prepare his clients income tax returns, and submitted the false receipts along with the returns to the CRA.

The information in this news release was obtained from the court records.

Taxpayers who claim false expenses, credits or rebates from the government are subject to serious consequences. They are liable not only for corrections to their tax returns and payment of the full amount of tax owing, but also to penalties and interest. In addition, if convicted of tax evasion, the court may fine them up to 200% of the tax evaded and sentence them for up to a five-year jail term.

Individuals who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They may not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the CRA against them. These individuals may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA’s website at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.

Back to school? Save your receipts.

Did you know?

If you’re moving for school this year you may be able to claim a tax deduction for moving expenses when you file your income tax and benefit return. You may also be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit based on the cost of your transit passes. So don’t forget to keep your receipts!

In addition, there are other benefits and non-refundable tax credits that students may be eligible to claim. Non-refundable tax credits reduce your federal tax; however, if the total of these credits is more than your federal tax, you will not get a refund for the difference.

  • Education amount: You may be able to claim a full-time education amount of $400, or part-time amount of $120, for each month or part of a month in the year in which you were enrolled in a qualifying program at the post-secondary level.
  • Textbook amount: You may be able to claim a textbook amount for each month that you qualify for the education amount.
  • Tuition amount: You may be able to claim the fees you pay for the courses taken at the post-secondary level or at an educational institution certified by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. To qualify you must have paid more than $100 in tuition fees for the year.
  • Goods and services tax/ harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit: The GST/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.

 

Interest on student loans: You may be eligible to claim an amount for the interest paid in 2012 or the preceding five years on your student loan if you received it under the Canada Student Loans Act, the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, or a similar provincial or territorial government laws.

 

Keep your receipts!

It is important for Canadians to keep all their records and receipts after filing their income tax and benefit return in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asks to see them later. Each year, the CRA looks at income tax returns to review deductions and credits and ensure that various income amounts have been correctly reported. Keep your receipts and supporting documents for six years.

Bolton man fined for failing to file tax returns

Brampton, Ontario, August 21, 2012 … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced today that on August 17, 2012, Jim Payne, of Bolton, was fined a total of $12,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton. Ontario. He pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to file personal income tax returns and seven counts of failing to file corporate income tax returns. He was given four months to pay the fine. All outstanding returns have been filed.

Mr. Payne failed to file his 2006 to 2010 personal income tax returns. In addition he failed to file the 2006 to 2008 corporate income tax returns for Pashin Holdings Inc., a real estate development company as well as the 2007 to 2010 corporate income tax returns for V2R Group Inc. which performs general contract consulting.

The preceding information was obtained from the court records.

In addition to the fines imposed by the courts, individuals or corporations convicted of failing to file tax returns are still obligated to file the tax returns and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, as well as any civil penalties that may be assessed by the CRA.

Taxpayers who have not filed returns for previous years, or who have not reported all of their income, can still voluntarily correct their tax affairs. They may not be penalized or prosecuted if they make a valid disclosure before they become aware of any compliance action being initiated by the CRA against them. These taxpayers may only have to pay the taxes owing, plus interest. More information on the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) can be found on the CRA’s website at www.cra.gc.ca/voluntarydisclosures.