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Year-end tax planning ahead of 2021

December 19, 2020


People spend a lot during the holiday season. There are gifts to buy, foods to prepare, furniture and appliance to upgrade. Think twice before you spend a lot this year.

For those who received Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments, no income tax was withheld at source. The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is also taxable. The government has already withheld 10% of the amount paid for tax purposes. However, the amount withheld could be insufficient. In addition, if your annual income is greater than $38,000, you will have to reimburse 50% of the sums received in excess of this amount. In addition, tax deductions may be less than in previous years. With childcare facilities closed, work travel halted and medical services like dentistry on hold, the corresponding tax deductions or credits may be lower. This combination  could  put you in situation unlike previous years- a higher tax bill for example.

If you received overpayments, you must repay them before December 31, 2020. If you do so after that date, the T4A will show the total received without taking into account any refunds made in 2021. You will therefore have to pay tax on overpayments. In addition, your government benefits based on your income, such as children’s allowances, will be reduced.

You must therefore plan ahead. The amount of tax payable depends on your marginal tax rate. This is based on all of your income for the year 2020, including benefits.

While no two client scenarios are the same, here are some ideas to plan ahead for tax savings :

  • Charitable donations;

  • Political contributions;

  • Moving expenses;

  • Investment fees.

  • Capital losses

  • Medical expenses for you, your spouse, your minor children, or other dependents. Ask the  relevant professional to give you a receipt that covers your expenses for the year;

  • RRSP contribution-Using current year or carry-forward RRSP amounts could be a simple way to create a deduction, lowering 2020 income and taxes payable. 

Do you plan to withdraw money from your TFSA?

Thinking of withdrawing money from your Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) in early 2021? Instead, do so before December 31, 2020. You will then regain your contribution room as of January 1. This strategy will prevent you from waiting for another calendar year.


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