Top 5 Takeaways from the 2017 Federal Budget Release

Posted on March 30, 2017 by djb | Posted in Tax Tips

Federal Budget TakeawaysHere are the top 5 things you need to know:

  1. No Change to a Number of Rumored Items – capital gain inclusion rate, principal residence exemption and employer provided health plans.
  2. Billed-Basis Accounting – professionals will no longer be permitted to value work in progress at nil.
  3. Medical Related Changes – consolidation of infirm dependent credit, caregiver credit and family caregiver amount to a single caregiver credit; nurse practitioners will be able to certify the T2201; and fertility treatments eligible as medical expenses expanded (and the provision will apply to the preceding 10 years).
  4. Elimination/Modification of Certain Personal Tax Credits/Deduction – loss of public transit amount, loss of home relocation loan deduction and expiration of first-time donor’s super credit.
  5. Ride-Sharing Services – commencing July 1, 2017 ride-sharing services (e.g. UBER, Lyft) will be defined as “taxi businesses” for GST/HST purposes and therefore be required to charge and remit GST/HST.

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