CIBC offers expert tax tips and reminders to help Canadians avoid
penalties and interest charges this tax season
TORONTO, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) - As Canadians prepare to file their 2013 tax
returns this spring, a little attention up front can go a long way to
saving time, money and undue complications down the road, says Jamie
Golombek, Managing Director, Tax and Estate Planning at CIBC.
Canadians had to pay over $1 billion in additional taxes in fiscal 2012
alone, primarily because what they reported on their tax returns didn't
match the dollar amounts provided by employers, financial institutions
and other sources, according to the most recent data from the Canada
Revenue Agency (CRA). As well, CRA rejected almost one in every five
tax credit and deduction claims the previous fiscal year.
"Each year, the CRA identifies costly, common errors in personal tax
returns that can easily be avoided if you take the time to do it right
and seek advice if your situation is complicated," says Mr. Golombek.
"If you under-report income or if deductions are disallowed, taxpayers
may find that they unexpectedly owe more money to the CRA."
In addition to collecting additional taxes from you, the CRA will charge
interest, currently at a rate of 5 per cent, on any overdue tax
amounts, he points out. And, if you fail to file your return by the
deadline or under-report income repeatedly, penalties may also apply,
"To avoid potential interest and penalties, it's important to take note
of key deadlines, ensure that you report all of your income accurately
and verify that you are eligible for tax credits or deductions before
you claim them," says Mr. Golombek.
In his latest report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most Common Tax Return
Errors, Mr. Golombek provides a number of tips to help Canadians avoid costly
errors on this year's return:
Double-check that you've included all income from all sources;
Compare information on tax slips to investment statements or other
supporting documents to ensure accuracy;
If you're missing information, do your best to get it; estimate amounts
when information doesn't arrive in time to file;
Report all RRSP contributions, even if you're going to claim the
deduction in a later year;
Determine if you are eligible for a deduction or credit before you claim
Make sure your current address is on file with employers, financial
institutions and the CRA so that you receive all tax slips and
Be punctual - file your return by the deadline, which is April 30, 2014
for most taxpayers, and respond to any direct CRA correspondence within
the required timeframe.
To learn more about reporting information from tax slips, RRSP and other
deductions, foreign tax credits and CRA correspondence and timelines,
read Mr. Golombek's 2014 tax report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most Common Tax Return
To view Mr. Golombek's other tax planning reports, please visit: www.cibc.com/ca/advice-centre.
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