This week on Canadian Tax Podcast, we cover:
- A tax payer with an $8mil tax bill;
- 800,000 Canadians locked out of MyAccount;
- New guidance on incorrect CERB T4A’s
- Listener questions on CEBA, accrual/forex for self employed, and Subcontractor expenses on the T2125;
(Show notes below)
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“This is the Canadian Tax Podcast, Episode # 003, hosted by me, Cameron Ware. Good morning”
- “Happy Monday, it is the week of March 15th. We’ll start with some news stories.
[ITEM 1] – CBC $8mil tax bill
- CBC article from today March 15th;
- Taxpayer back in 2018 had an $8mil tax bill.
- Assumed it was fake. Froze her account
- Just log into MyAccount and look up what was filed
- This is why you have accountants. We can look this stuff up and tell you exactly what is happening, and if you need to be worried.
[ITEM 2] – CANADIANS LOCKED OUT
- CRA locked out 800k Canadians again
- Same data breach that happened back in Feb.
- Should be fixed by March 22nd
- How to regain access: Quick fix is log in using banking credentials.
[ITEM 3] – New guidance – incorrect cerb t4a’s
- Last week discussed issues with the incorrect CERB T4a’s.
- Guessed that there would be new guidance from CRA in the next week or so
- Wait until Apr 30th deadline. Don’t late-file.
- Alternatively pay any tax balances owing so you have a refund (watch T1135)
- CEBA Loan
- $32 billion in funds advanced
- How to account for debt forgiveness
- Technical interpretation 2020-0861461E5
- you need to include the forgivable portion as income in the year of receipt.
- Alternatively, decrease expenses by same amount.
- Gets wonky, because loan shows as $40k, while CRA shows net $30k. Sch 1 adjust / income inclusion
- Self-Employed Accrual/Forex
- Taxpayer works as a consultant in the US
- Says “[read]”
- Easiest way to think of “accrual” stuff is “It’s based when you did the work, not when you get paid.”
- Forex. Textbook is spot rate on day of.
- Alternative is average rate
- Subcontractor expenses:
- Taxpayer who is self employed.
- Read “[ ]”
- On the T2125 there’s a Line 9270 “other expenses”
- You can add as many things here as you want. CRA *might* review them, as they get entered into the CRA’s systems as a lump number.
- You’ll enter “subcontractor” expense;
And with that we will wrap things up. Like always, if you have any questions, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on twitter.
This is Canadian Tax Podcast, thanks for listening.