– One Stop for your Canadian Tax Questions

Professor Benjamin Alarie who is an associate professor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (shout out to the T-dot lol) recently launched, with the help of his law students, a new non-commerical website (read- no ads!) called which aims to provide accurate tax information to the Canadian public.  It’s a FREE resource that aims to answer tax questions accurately of all kinds, including information about donations and official receipts, to questions about principle residence.

Everyone knows that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) website is confusing and not updated very well (heck, even the Officer of the Auditor General of Canada admits it!), so this new intiative is unprecedented.  I think it will change the way Canadians see taxes.  Taxes won’t be so scary anymore, and hopefully people will feel confident enough to do their own taxeswell.  They will feel empowered with tax information at their fingertips… instead of resorting to Googling “taxes Canada student loans” or something.

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The content is CRA material, except that it is edited and updated by a panel of tax experts, including tax students, tax accountants, tax lawyers, tax academics to reflect the current taxation law.  They consult the Income Tax Act, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and even the Supreme Court of Canada.  You know that the information you’re getting is as good as gold.

Professor Alarie details the launch of the website here on the University of Toronto blog.  He plans to add information on GST/HST on there too in the future.

I’ve already bookmarked the site and am looking forward to using it (a lot) when I do my taxes again next year. Hope you find it useful as I do!


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13 Responses to – One Stop for your Canadian Tax Questions

    • @multiple egg baskets- I KNOW, eh?? Maybe I should have kept it a secret so that I could get faster load time with my tax questions. =) Thanks for visiting!

  1. Here’s a question nobody seems to ask.

    If you are supporting an international student who is a sister or brother through marriage. How can you claim them on your taxes?

    • @Corey- Hm that is a good question! I am not a tax professional so won’t be able to answer that for you, but I would recommend you go to taxwiki and contact them, I’m sure they’ll be able to find an answer for you.

  2. my mom was deceased in Oct 2010.. with her RIF payout she made over 90,000.00 of income for the year. is it true that she needs to repay any old age pension she received for the year 2010

    • @bonnie- I would try asking the taxwiki website, Bonnie :) I can’t answer that question as I’m not a tax lawyer, but I’m sure tax wiki can!

  3. I have a question about what seems to be a Canadian success story. Looking at the Rich 100 on Canadian Business magazine, I notice that the addresses given for these zillionaires are nearly all Canadian.

    I am presuming that the addresses given represent where taxes are paid.
    A few seem to live where they work (mainly the US) or have gone back to their country of origin. Less than ten live in recognized tax havens. The list of any European country would be very different with many opting for places like Monaco. Unlike the US we don’t tie citizenship and tax obligations together but we do have fairly rigorous rules on residency and don’t have a domicile concept on the books. Do these differences account for our success in keeping our mega rich at home?

  4. I entered Canada in June 2010 as a landed immigrant and soon after, I applied for chid tax benefit. However, due to non availaibility of a job and my father’s health I had to force myself to leave Canada in two months time and went back to my home country. Due to my ignorance, I also failed to file my canadian tax return the following year (since I applied for child tax benefit). Resultantly, the child benefit got stopped as well. Afterwards, I did some research and found out that if I am not living in Canada and not filing taxes, I am not entitled to the child tax benefit. As such, I want to return the money received which are lying in my account in Canada at the moment. Also, would like to know if there is any tax implication here, and what could be the resolution.

    • @Sheher- Thanks for writing. I’m sorry but your situation sounds complicated. Have you tried going on the actual site; to ask? This is just a mere old blog :)

  5. Hi there, have a question for you. Due to certain reasons, I’d like to know how to go about filing taxes separately rather than a married/joint return.

    I understand that while the taxes are indeed filed separately in theory, the fact that one states ‘married’ causes adjustments such as ‘the lower income has to claim this’ etc. I’d like to just fill out my taxes and stop there, not really concerned about the benefits of filing jointly as I want to have them filed correctly.

    Thank You,

    • It’s pretty easy Joel, just file separately. You are allowed to do that – no one will force you to take the benefits. Why would you want to give up tax return money though?

  6. Hello,

    I would love to visit this resource, however it keeps bringing me to Professor Benjamin Alarie’s profile at the U of T. :)

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