Most common tax mistakes to avoid
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Many Canadians make mistakes on their income tax and benefit return. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has put together a list of the common mistakes we see from year to year. Take a look at these tips; they could save you time and money.
Moving expenses – Line 219 of the return
- Expenses being claimed are not eligible. This may include non eligible expenses for things such as home staging, house hunting, job hunting, mail-forwarding charges, temporary accommodations, storage fees near a former residence, and the cost of repairing an old residence.
- Receipts are not sent, or the receipts are not valid. The date on a receipt is wrong and therefore does not support your claim.
- There is no proof for claimed payments. For example, receipts do not indicate that a payment was made in full or only an estimate or a bank statement is sent as proof.
For more information, go to Line 219 – Moving expenses.
Student loans – Line 319 of Schedule 1
- The interest claimed is not eligible. These may include for example, interest on personal loans, student lines of credit, and foreign student loans. Interest is claimed more than once.
- Receipts are not official, were not sent, or the taxpayer's name does not appear on the documents from a financial institution.
For more information, go to Line 319 - Interest paid on your student loans.
Tuition, education, and textbook amounts – Lines 323 of Schedule 1
- Official receipts are not sent. An invoice is sent instead of a receipt. The name of a course does not appear on a receipt.
- Part-time months are claimed as full-time and vice versa.
- Part-time and full-time credits are claimed in the same month (more than one Form T2202A).
- The educational institution is not a recognized institution.
Medical expenses – Lines 330 and 331 of Schedule 1
- Expenses being claimed are not eligible:
- medical practitioners (massage, kinesiology, cosmetic) are not recognized by the applicable provincial authority;
- vitamins, natural supplements, or over-the-counter medications
- recliners, chair lifts (not lift chairs), non-hospital beds; and
- medical supplies such as rubbing alcohol, bandages, and shoe inserts.
For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/medical.
Public transit amount Line 364 of Schedule 1
- A copy of the transit pass was not sent or the pass is not complete. The name or the unique identifier may be missing. A signature or information is not legible.
- The pass is not eligible because:
- the passenger does not qualify because of their age;
- there were not enough trips in a month;
- there were interruptions in use; or
- travel for the period was limited.
- no receipts, not all receipts were provided, or the receipts are not valid.
For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/transitpass.
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