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Early Planning Can Save Taxes in 2023


Did you get a nasty surprise when your accountant or tax preparer handed you your tax return? It is a good idea to start early and plan for 2023. Here are some suggestions on how you can save money on your Canadian income tax for this year: 

  • Contribute to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP):
    • Contributions to an RRSP are tax-deductible, which can lower your taxable income and result in a lower tax bill. Keep in mind that there are annual contribution limits to an RRSP.
  • Claim eligible deductions and credits:
    • There are various deductions and credits available that can help reduce your taxable income, such as medical expenses, charitable donations, and tuition fees.
  • Use a tax-free savings account (TFSA):
    • Any investment income earned within a TFSA is tax-free, so consider investing in one if you have not already done so.
  • Make use of your employer's benefits:
    • Some employers offer benefits such as health care, dental, and vision plans. If your employer offers such benefits, make sure to take advantage of them, as they can reduce your taxable income.
  • Keep proper records and receipts:
    • Proper record-keeping can help you accurately claim eligible deductions and credits, which can help lower your tax bill. Make sure to keep receipts for any eligible expenses.

Here are a few more ideas to help you save money on your Canadian income tax in 2023:

  • Maximize your charitable donations:
    • Charitable donations made to a registered charity are eligible for a tax credit. Consider making donations strategically, such as making a lump-sum donation instead of smaller donations throughout the year.
  • Claim business expenses:
    • If you are self-employed or own a business, you may be able to claim eligible business expenses, such as office supplies, home office expenses, and vehicle expenses. Make sure to keep detailed records of your business expenses.
  • Split income with family members:
    • If you have family members with lower incomes, you may be able to split some of your income with them to lower your overall tax bill.
  • Invest in a registered education savings plan (RESP):
    • Contributions to an RESP are not tax-deductible, but the investment income earned within the plan is tax-free until it is withdrawn for educational purposes.

These ideas can help you save money on your Canadian income tax in 2023, but you should consult a tax professional for personalized advice. Click here to see if we would be a good fit for your tax needs.

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