Yippee, it’s almost tax time!

Tax season is almost here. NETFILE opens on February 24 (about a week later than last year) but you can start having tax fun with SimpleTax 2019 right away (you’re welcome).

Before you get started, here are some things you might find useful.

We’ve updated our Canadian Tax Return Checklist (including a version specifically for Québec residents) so you’ll know what slips, receipts, and documents you should have on hand. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend signing up for CRA My Account. Once you have a My Account set up, you can use Auto-fill to import tax information directly from the CRA into your SimpleTax return and tada! Part of your return will be completed for you. Auto-fill will be available on February 10.

There are several tax changes that may impact your return. Here’s a list of the major ones, federally and by province. Note, this list only includes credits and deductions that have been introduced or eliminated. It doesn’t include any changes to tax rates or tax brackets.

Federal

  • Schedule 1 has been deleted—fields now appear on the T1 General.
  • If you know the line numbers on the tax forms, watch out—many of these are changing. For example, line 101 (employment income) is now line 10100.
  • Enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan/Québec Pension Plan mean that part of your contributions are now a deduction from taxable income.
  • A Canada training credit has been added for working Canadians between the ages of 25-64. Learn more.
  • The working income tax benefit (WITB) has been renamed to Canada workers benefit (CWB).
  • The home buyers’ plan withdrawal maximum increased to $35K for withdrawals made after March 19, 2019. Learn more.
  • There’s a new form (T90) to report income exempt under the Indian Act.

Alberta

  • The climate action incentive refundable credit now applies to Albertans. Learn more.

British Columbia

  • The education tax credit has been eliminated, but you can continue to use amounts that have been carried over from last year. (You can still claim tuition fees.)

Manitoba

  • The education property tax credit has been eliminated and occupancy costs are now based on school taxes paid. Learn more.

New Brunswick

  • The tuition tax credit has been restored for 2019 and can be retroactively applied for 2017 and 2018 as a carry forward on your 2019 return.
  • The Climate Action Incentive has been eliminated.

Newfoundland

  • There’s a new search and rescue volunteer tax credit.

Northwest Territories

  • No territorial changes.

Nova Scotia

  • There’s a new venture capital tax credit to help incentivize corporate investment in Nova Scotia businesses.
  • The innovation equity tax credit is a new credit available to eligible investors who invest in an approved corporation.

Nunavut

  • No territorial changes.

Ontario

  • Low Income Individuals and Families (LIFT) is a new credit for low-income earners. Learn more.
  • Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) is a new refundable credit for parents or caregivers whose net family income is <$150,000. Learn more.

Prince Edward Island

  • No provincial changes.

Québec

  • The Experience workers’ tax credit renamed to Tax credit for career extension.
  • The Tax credit for the restoration of a secondary residence has been eliminated.
  • The additional contribution for subsidized educational childcare has been eliminated.

Saskatchewan

  • No provincial changes.

Yukon

  • There is a new provincial government carbon price rebate to help offset the cost of the federal carbon pollution pricing levy. Learn more.
Get a head start on your 2019 tax return

Start today and file when NETFILE opens on February 24th.