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The 2024 tax season kicks off Monday. Here’s what you need to know


Canadians can begin filing their income tax returns online as of Monday, with several changes in store for the 2024 tax filing season.

Those filing by paper should have received their income tax package in the mail by now, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Most Canadians must file their tax return by April 30, which is also the deadline to make a payment for those who owe money to the government.

Canadians who are self-employed, along with their spouses or common-law partners, have until June 15. Since that day falls on a weekend, the CRA will consider a return to be on time if it is received by or postmarked on or before June 17.

Self-employed Canadians must still pay money owed to the CRA by the April 30 deadline to avoid paying interest.

FHSA, home office claims among changes

This marks the first year that taxpayers will be able to enter deductions on the First Home Savings Account (FHSA), a type of tax-free account rolled out by the federal government last year to help Canadians save on their first home.

“Your contributions to the FHSA are tax-deductible, while your withdrawals — as long as you use them for the down payment of a purchase of your first home — are tax-free,” said Gerry Vittoratos, a national tax specialist with UFile.ca.

A picture of a house with a for sale sign on the front lawn.
The First Home Savings Account allows prospective homebuyers to start saving for up to 15 years once they open an account, with an annual $8,000 deposit cap and a lifetime contribution limit of $40,000. Contributions are tax-deductible, and withdrawals are tax-free. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The program allows prospective homebuyers to start saving for up to 15 years once they open an account, with an annual $8,000 deposit cap and a lifetime contribution limit of $40,000.

Canadians who’ve opened this type of account will receive a new slip called the T4FHSA, which will provide the details needed to complete your tax return, Vittoratos said.

CBC News spoke with several experts last year who weighed in on the potential upsides — and downsides — of the First Home Savings Account and what it could do to make home ownership more accessible.

WATCH | CBC News dug into the potential benefits, downsides of the FHSA last year: 

Financial institutions and employers have until the end of February to send tax slips to the CRA. So most taxpayers might not even get their slips until early March, “and that’s really the kick-off of the season,” Vittoratos said.

Canadians might also notice that the temporary flat-rate method for claiming employees’ home office expenses — such as rent, electricity, internet and office supplies — is no longer available, John Oakey, vice-president of taxation at CPA Canada, wrote in a post on the organization’s website.

From 2020 to 2022, eligible employees could claim $2 for each day worked from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. up to an annual maximum of $400 in 2020 and $500 in 2021 and 2022. Employers were not required to complete and sign a T2200 form, nor were employees…



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