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Make sure you claim investment fees on your tax return
When preparing your taxes, a deduction that is often overlooked is carrying charges and interest expenses. These charges are costs you incur to earn income from an investment, but only expenses for non-registered accounts will qualify.
You can report carrying charges and interest expenses on the Federal Worksheet in all provinces except Quebec.
What fees are deductible?
Carrying charges include fees to manage your investments, costs for certain investment advice or for detailing investment income.
Are RRSP management fees tax deductible?
No. This includes registered accounts such as RRSPs, RRIFs - registered retirement income funds, RPP’s - registered pension plans, segregated funds, or TFSAs - tax-free savings accounts
Are financial planning fees tax deductible?
Generally, no. This would include fees like those paid to an advice-only financial planner (one who doesn’t deal with your specific investments). If you have costs associated with a fee-based investment account that includes financial planning, these costs are generally tax deductible.
What about mutual fund management fees or stock purchases?
Yes, mutual fund management fees are tax deductible, but again, only in non-registered accounts. Trading fees or commissions to buy stocks and other investments are not tax deductible. It is important to note that mutual fund management fees are not the same as MERs - management expense ratios, which are not tax deductible.
Are fees to complete my income tax return tax deductible?
If you pay your accountant or tax preparer to complete your tax return, their fees are tax deductible, but only if all of the following apply:
- you have income from a business or property
- accounting is a usual part of the operations of your business or property
- you did not use the amounts claimed to reduce the business or property income you reported
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