Effective September 5, 2017 the settlement date for the purchase or sale of investments such as stocks, and bonds, will now be two business days after the trade date instead of three. For call options and put options, it is one business day after the trade date. The purchaser does not own the investment until the settlement date – which is important to note if the trade occurs around year end, as the gain or loss is recorded in the tax year of the settlement date.
Thus, the last date to trade stocks in Canada for the 2017 year is Wednesday, December 27 (keep in mind the statutory holidays on December 25 and 26). Anything purchased or sold after December 27 will be settled in 2018.
Source: http://www.taxtips.ca/personaltax/investing/taxtreatment/tradeandsettlement.htm#settlement-date-t+2, accessed November 23, 2017
On September 25, 2017 we blogged about a change in CRA policy about employee discounts on merchandise (http://www.accountantsplus.ca/employee-discounts-on-merchandise-change-in-cra-policy/). The government has since backtracked on this position.
Individuals can register with CRA to be notified by email when CRA’s files indicate that the individual’s address has changed, banking information for direct deposit has changed, or if mail sent by CRA was returned.
For more information, see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/account-alerts-helping-you-keep-tabs-on-your-account-information.html.
Did you know that medical expense claims for reproductive technologies have been extended to include situations where the patient does not have a medical condition preventing conception? Claims will be allowed for 2007 and later years.
For more information, see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/programs/about-canada-revenue-agency-cra/federal-government-budgets/budget-2017-building-a-strong-middle-class/medical-expenses-tax-credit-metc-reproductive-technologies.html.