Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tax Consequence: PAYROLL ADVANCES

In an April 26, 2016 Technical Interpretation, CRA opined that where an employer provides a payroll advance to an employee, the amount is not generally considered to be a loan. A salary advance is a payment for salary, wages or commissions that an employee is expected to earn in the performance of future services. These amounts are generally included… Read more »

Financial Hardship: TAXPAYER RELIEF

CRA may grant relief from penalties and interest in cases where the timely satisfaction of a tax obligation was not completed due to: extraordinary circumstances; actions of the CRA; or inability to pay or financial hardship. In a March 31, 2016 Federal Court Judicial Review, the taxpayer appealed a decision by CRA to refuse relief on penalties… Read more »

A Taxable Benefit? MEAL REIMBURSEMENTS

In a June 10, 2016 French Technical Interpretation, CRA commented on whether an employer had conferred a benefit to an employee where the employee was reimbursed for their meal expenses.Generally, an employee must include the value of any benefits received or enjoyed in their taxable income. CRA normally considers a taxable benefit to be conferred when: the benefit provides an economic advantage to the… Read more »

Requirements for Deduction: EMPLOYMENT EXPENSES

In a May 26, 2016 Technical Interpretation, CRA summarized the conditions that must be met in order for an individual that earns employment income to deduct employment expenses. Deductible expenses are limited to only a select group described in the Income Tax Act.Generally, an employee may deduct costs of employment related expenses if: under the contract of employment, the employee… Read more »

some quick points to consider… TAX TICKLERS

A review of the Income Tax Act is to be completed by June 30, 2017. The Federal Government has noted it plans to implement initiatives aimed at simplifying the system. Does your corporation make sales to other corporations in which you or another relative has an interest? If so, your access to small business tax rate… Read more »