Working toward tax reduction
Our deadline for income tax in Canada is April 30.
I just finished mine, after completing the returns for a couple of friends, one of whom recently went into the house rental business and whose accounting ability is, let's say, somewhat rudimentary.
Stayed up most of the last night completing mine, then took a nap for a couple of hours in the morning.
Had a lot of photocopying of stockbrokers' reports and charitable donations receipts to do as back-up, if necessary. Was concerned whether all of the stuff would go into one envelope - but it did, just barely. I hear that the tax people take a dim view of sending info in two pkgs.
Anyway, had carried friends' returns, hoping to arrive at local office prior to 4:30 closing. Arrived there at 5:00, security guard standing outside open door, he stopped me as I was about to enter.
But told me to slip the three returns into the mail slot.
I'd told the friends that if I had to mail them, I'd charge them later. Also photocopied a page or so of charitable receipts for them. Not likely to charge, as they'd fed me three meals.
Anyway, I found that for 2004 I'd paid about 9.3% of income in tax - which several have said is unusual.
This year, 2005, it's about 8.7% or so, but not precise, as I didn't have necessary form to calculate a partial credit with our tax dept. for taxes on investment income paid to a foreign country (mainly U.S.) with whom they have a reciprocal tax treaty.
Maybe the stockbroker's and financial planner's training courses did some good, after all.
By the way - if you happen to be Canadian, fitting into a fairly narrow lifestyle and potential income niche, I can show you how to make $30,000. annual income before you become liable to pay the first cent of tax.
Main proviso - ya gotta be rich. And can't work.
I can't qualify, myself! Being retired, I don't work - well, not for pay, anyway. But I do receive pensions, and that screws up the total-no-tax scenario.
Have a great spring, everyone.