GST Dates – When Will I Receive My GST Rebate?

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When are the GST dates to receive the rebate cheque? For many this is an important question as this helps cover some extras that they need especially during these times. How do I get a GST rebate and when does it come?

GST Dates – How Do I receive a GST Rebate?

The Government of Canada’s Website, that the amount you receive is base on the following below:

  • your family net income
    • If you’re single, the amount from line 23600 of your income tax return, or the amount that it would be if you completed one
    • If you have a spouse or common-law partner, your net incomes are combined to get your family net income
  • the number of children under 19 years old that you have registered for the Canada child benefit and the GST/HST credit

The key is that you have to file a tax return to be eligible to receive the rebate. Once you file a tax return, CRA calculates if you are eligible for a GST rebate or not.

When Will I Receive a GST Rebate and How Much?

The Government of Canada’s website states that base on your 2020 tax return, GST payments for the 2021 year will be made on July 5, 2021, October 5, 2021, January 5, 2022 and April 5, 2022. The key here is that you have to had filed your 2020 tax return to be eligible.

Regarding payments, the government’s website states that the amount that someone can get in rebate payments base on the 2020 tax year are as follows:

  • $456 if you are single
  • $598 if you are married or have a common-law partner
  • $157 for each child under the age of 19

Conclusion

If you have filed your 2020 return and if you qualify, you should be receiving a GST cheque anytime. If you have not file your 2020 return, then this would be delayed. Not everyone receives a GST cheque as the key component is income and the more income you have, the less chance you will get a payment. However, there are other factors such as marital status and children under 19 years old. The key is to file your return and let CRA calculate it. This rebate might not seem much but for many, it is a pleasant surprise to receive and in these times, every little bit helps.

When is the Deadline for Filing for 2020 Tax Year?

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When is the deadline for filing taxes this year for 2020? It is a good question because with the pandemic still ranging on, many Canadians are not sure. Last year, the deadline was extended but what about this year? Here are some dates that you need to know.

When is the Deadline for Filing for 2020 Tax Year? Individuals

If you go to the government of Canada’s website, the deadline for individuals this year is April 30, 2021. Also, if you are going to owe any amount in taxes for the year 2020, the due date for payment is also April 30, 2021. If you do not pay any amounts owing by this date, you could incur a late filing fee and interest on the amount owing.

Deadline For Self Employed Individuals and their Cohabiting Spouse or Common Law Partner

The government of Canada website indicated that the deadline for self employed individuals, spouses, or common law partners is June 15, 2021. However, the deadline for any amount owing in taxes for these ones is April 30, 2021. If taxes owing are not paid by then, you could incur a late filing fee and interest on amount owing.

Deadline to File a Deceased Person’s Return

The government of Canada’s website says that if a person died between January 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020, the deadline to file the deceased person’s return is April 30, 2021. And the deadline to pay any tax owing on the deceased person’s return is also April 30, 2021.

If the person died after October 31, 2020 and before May 1, 2021, then the deadline to file the deceased person’s return is six months after date of individual’s death. The deadline for taxes owing on deceased person’s return is also six months after individual’s death. However, the surviving cohabitating spouse or common law would still have to pay any tax owing on their returns by April 30, 2021.

Deadline for Corporations

The deadline for for corporations is six months after the end of the corporation’s tax year.

When is the Deadline for Filing Taxes for 2020 Tax Year? Conclusion

Tax season is upon us but it looks like dates of filing are back to the status quo. However, it is good to know that because many might think differently due to the pandemic. But it is always good to check because no one wants to pay any extra interest or late filing fees. Stay safe out there.

Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement and Budget – Highlights

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On Monday November 30, 2020, I got up and watched the Government of Canada’s fall economic statement. I wanted to see what further relief plans they had for Canadians who are struggling due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The finance minister, Chyrstia Freeland, mentioned a myriad of things they were planning to do with some ideas being more concrete than others. Here are some of the highlights below.

Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement- Increasing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Rate

To continue to help businesses, the government is increasing the maximum rate of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020 and extending this rate until March 13, 2021. This means the government will cover up to 75% of employees’ wages during this time period. Originally, this had decreased, but this amount has now been restored to cover up to 75% of wages again.

Extension of The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Rate and Lockdown Support

The current maximum rate of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy is 65 percent and businesses severely affected by a lockdown good get could get up to additional 25 percent of eligible expenses. This rate was to last until December 19, 2020 but now has been extended until March 13, 2021.

Potential Support for Airlines, Tourism, Hotels, Arts – Highly Affected Sectors Credit

The Finance Minister also mentioned setting up low interest loans in these industries of up to a million dollars. Those industries, as noted in the heading, are airlines, tourism, hotels and the arts. The terms of these loans would be extended over a period of up to 10 years. This will be called the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program.

Government of Canada’s Fall Economic Statement – More Support for Families

To help families with young children through the pandemic, the government will provide temporary support of up to $1,200 in 2021 for each child under the age of six for families entitled to the Canada Child Benefit.

Conclusion

The Government of Canada’s Fall Economic statement contained a lot of details on programs and ideas to help Canadians navigate through this pandemic and beyond. The above were just some of the main highlights gleaned from it. If you want a more detailed listing, please visit the government’s website. The cost of these programs will be enormous but the government feels it is necessary for the situation we are in. Will it help? Only time will tell but for many who are suffering due to covid-19, any help at all is good help. Stay safe.

The New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) – Starts Today

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The New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) program begins to take applications today. Businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19 can now apply for this subsidy. To apply, you can go to the government of Canada’s website.

What is the New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)?

The new CERS program (Canada Emergency Rent subsidy) is a rent or mortgage subsidy for Canadian businessesnon profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The time period that the subsidy will cover is September 27, 2020 to June 2021.

The government’s website indicates that the subsidy will cover up to 65% of qualifying expenses. There is also an additional 25% of rent support for businesses, not profit organizations or charities that have been especially hard hit by mandatory public health orders. As a result, the hardest hit businesses can potentially receive a total rent subsidy of up to 90 %. These subsidy rates are in effect until December 19, 2020.

The new subsidy program payments will be made directly to qualifying renters or property owners without needing the participation of landlords. This is a change from the previous program where the landlords had to apply for the program and as a result the expected participation for the previous program was low.

Conclusion

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be a welcome sight for many Canadian businesses. With the second wave of COVID-19 spiking all over the country, more restrictions and potential lockdowns seem inevitable. As a result, many struggling businesses are going to continue to struggle to keep afloat. Hopefully, this new program can help take some of the sting of the financial losses that will come with those further lockdowns. Unlike the last wage subsidy program, the government’s hope is that many more businesses will apply. Will this help? As the old saying goes, any help is good help but only time will tell. Please stay safe.

When Will Canada Child Benefits (CCB) be Paid in 2020? CCB Payment Dates

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When will Canada Child Benefits be paid out for the rest of 2020? It is an important question for people with children because for many expenses are up. There are a few reasons for this such as children returning to school and uncertainty of job stability due to COVID-19 cases rising everywhere. Also, for many there is the holiday season and the costs associated with that. So it is important for families to know when they will see their CCB benefits so they can plan accordingly.

When Will Canada Child Benefits (CCB) be Paid in 2020?

Here are the dates each month that CCB payments will be made to families from the Government of Canada’s website below for the rest of 2020:

-September 18, 2020

-October 20, 2020

-November 20, 2020

-December 11, 2020

As noted from above, December’s payment will come a bit earlier. And a couple of additional notes from the government’s website. First, you will not receive a monthly payment if your total benefit amount for the year is less than $240. Instead you will receive one lump sum payment with your July payment. Second, if you don’t receive your CCB payment on the expected payment date, please wait 5 working days before you contact us.

Conclusion

It is more important than ever in these unstable times to know what you have for money coming in for your family. Knowing when CCB payments will be issued can help you to plan better. Also, it helps you to know when to contact the Government of Canada if there has been any delay. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power. However, in these unstable times it is probably better to say that knowledge is survival. So take care of yourselves and stay safe.

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New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy – What is it? (CERS details)

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A few days ago the federal government announced the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to help businesses cover their rent due to the continued financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was good news to the many businesses struggling to stay afloat. What is this new program?

New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Replaces CERCA Program

The New Canada Emergency Program (CERS) will replace the old Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) which ended on September 26, 2020. The biggest change between the two programs was that under the old CECRA program the commercial landlords had to apply for the program for businesses that needed rent relief. And they were under no obligation to apply, often leaving tenants in a very difficult situation.

However, under the New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Program, the government will now directly help the businesses and organizations who need relief. This means that businesses can apply to the program themselves and no longer need their landlords to apply. So what are the details of the program?

Details of Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Program (CERS)

The program so far is thin on details and even on the government’s website it says that more information will be coming soon. But from the government’s news release on October 9, 2020 and other reports, here’s what has been shared so far.  The new rent subsidy will support businesses, charities and non-profits that have suffered revenue drops by subsidizing a percentage of their expenses on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible expenses. This will last until December 19, 2020.

In addition to the rent subsidy, there will be a top-up of 25 percent available for organizations that have been temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order.

When Will it Start? Conclusion – CERS for Business owners

There was no indication of when businesses and organizations can apply for this new program. However, when it does finally start, applicants can apply for their subsidy to start retroactively as of September 27, 2020. Once the government announces when people can apply, we will provide an update.

The new wage subsidy program is a potential relief for businesses and organizations that are struggling to survive during these unprecedented times. Hopefully, more details will become available shortly as the situation is dire for many businesses. And with COVID-19 cases on the rise again, the financial future seems more uncertain than ever. Stay safe.