Updated CRA taxable benefit guidance on social events, gifts and awards
November 15, 2022
The CRA has recently updated its webpages, Gifts, awards, and long-service awards and Social events and hospitality functions, which include a number of new or revised CRA administrative policies that address the following scenarios:
- Employer provided in-person (or hybrid) social events for employees
- Employer provided virtual social events for employees
- Gift cards provided by an employer to employees and, in particular, situations where these cards will not be considered “near cash” gifts
For further information, please see the CRA webpages.
November 11, 2022
As part of Bill C-32 (Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022), proposed legislation to implement the new FHSA program was included and there were several revisions from the previous draft legislation released on August 9, 2022.
Proposed trust reporting rules postponed for one year under Bill C-32
November 7, 2022
On November 4, 2022, Bill C-32 (Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022) was tabled in the House of Commons. This bill implements some of the tax proposals from the 2022 Fall Economic Statement, along with several previously announced tax changes. In one major change, the coming into force date for the trust reporting rules has been postponed by one year. These rules will now apply to trust taxation years that end after December 30, 2023. Otherwise, it appears that the legislation for the trust reporting rules is unchanged.
We are in the process of reviewing the legislation and will provide more information as it becomes available.
November 4, 2022
On November 3, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance released the federal government’s 2022 Fall Economic Statement (FES), which contained several new tax announcements along with an update on previously announced tax measures.
Update on electronic notices of assessment
October 31, 2022
As mentioned in our August 22, 2022 news item, “Update on electronic notices of assessments”, Finance Canada recently proposed legislation that would allow the Minister of National Revenue to provide a notice of assessment (NOA) electronically to an individual who filed their personal income tax return electronically, and has authorized that notices or other communications may be made available in this manner.
From a recent discussion with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), it is our understanding that there will be no changes in the process for issuing personal NOAs until at least 2024. We will keep you posted as we get additional information.
New questions and answers on Form T1134
October 26, 2022
We received a number of questions regarding the revised version of form T1134, which we passed along to the CRA. The CRA has responded to all our queries and plans to update its T1134 Q&A page as soon as the French translation has been completed. The CRA has asked us to share the English responses with our members as it recognizes the October 31 filing due date for many reporting entities is fast approaching. We will post an update when these responses are on the CRA’s website in both languages.
October 19, 2022
As a follow up to our September 12, 2022 news item, “Questions on the new Form T2054 – Election for a Capital Dividend Under Subsection 83(2)”, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has responded to our question on whether taxpayers can continue to use the previous version of the T2054 until tax software developers have incorporated the new T2054 into their products.
October 17, 2022
As you may be aware, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has enhanced security requirements in Represent a Client (RAC), which could impact your ability to log into RAC and access client data.
Further details released on the Canada Emergency Benefit Account (CEBA) repayment extension
October 13, 2022
The CEBA website has been updated to reiterate that the December 31, 2022 forgiveness repayment deadline will be extended to December 31, 2023 for eligible CEBA loan holders in good standing. If CEBA participants are in good standing and qualify for the new extended term, they will be contacted by their financial institution with details regarding the new repayment date. The website also provides more guidance on repayment and forgiveness terms in the FAQ section.
October 7, 2022
Due to increased concerns with identify theft, Confirm my Representative was introduced by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as a new two-factor authorization process for confirming the representative and preventing client information from being given to unauthorized representatives.