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Tax tips for last-minute filers as filing deadline looms

As the clock ticks closer to April 30th, the looming deadline for filing 2023 income taxes, many Canadians might find themselves scrambling to gather their paperwork and crunch the numbers. Whether you're a seasoned filer or a last-minute procrastinator, it's essential to keep in mind some crucial tax tips to avoid potential headaches down the line.

First and foremost, remember that the deadline is not a mere suggestion – it's a firm date set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Failing to meet this deadline can lead to penalties, especially if you owe taxes. The penalty for late payment is ten percent of the unpaid tax, plus an additional two percent for each month of delay, up to a maximum of 20 months.

However, even if you can't pay your tax bill by April 30th, it's still crucial to file your return on time. Filing demonstrates your awareness of your tax obligations and keeps you in good standing with the CRA. Plus, it's not just about what you owe; filing a tax return is necessary to access various benefits like the Canada Child Benefit and the GST/HST tax credit.

Moreover, maximizing deductions and tax credits can significantly impact your bottom line. Take advantage of opportunities like RRSP contributions, childcare deductions, and medical expense claims. Remember, medical expenses can be claimed for any 12-month period ending in the tax year, allowing you to strategize your claims for maximum benefit.

If you have children attending post-secondary education, ensure they obtain their T2202 forms from their institution to claim tuition expenses. Additionally, having your direct deposit information updated on your CRA My Account ensures swift receipt of refunds and benefits, such as the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security payments.

Self-employed individuals have specific requirements, including filing a T2125 Statement of Business or Professional Activities and deducting business use-of-home expenses. Maintaining a mileage log is crucial for claiming work-related vehicle expenses accurately.

Despite best efforts, mistakes can happen. If you realize an error in your return after filing, don't panic. The CRA allows for adjustments through various channels, including online through your CRA My Account or via tax software with a refile option. Alternatively, you can complete a T1-ADJ request form and submit it by mail, but ensure you wait for your notice of assessment before doing so.

In the flurry of last-minute tax preparation, these tips can help Canadians navigate the process more smoothly and maximize their returns while avoiding potential pitfalls. With a bit of organization and attention to detail, filing taxes can be a manageable task rather than a daunting chore.



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