Some of the most popular types of jobs for non-residents and working holidaymakers in Canada are in the service industry.
With traditionally flexible hours and more downtime than a regular nine to five, a job in the service industry can offer plenty of time to explore the beautiful cities and surrounding areas Canada has to offer.
However, not many workers are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to tips.
The average service industry worker in Canada can earn around $35,100 a year before tips, so it can be confusing when tips are added to the equation.
However, while tips are traditionally related to the service industry, they may not be exclusive to it.
In fact, tips can extend from bars and restaurants to hairdressers, valets, and taxi drivers!
So, without further ado, here’s the lowdown on tips in Canada!
Are my tips taxable?
One of the most attractive parts of the service industry is the fact that you’ll be able to receive tips from customers.
Truth is, if you receive tips in your job, they are taxable.
In fact, it is your responsibility to ensure you keep track and report any tips you receive while working.
You’ll then be asked to report the total amount of tips on the line 10400 of your income tax return.
The amount of tax that you pay will depend on circumstances like your tax residency and the province you are in.
What if I don’t pay my taxes on tips?
This is definitely not advisable.
If you are selected by the CRA for an audit, and they decide you haven’t declared all of your income, you’ll have to pay what you owe plus possible interest and even additional penalties!
The same goes for if you file your tax return late.
The Canadian late filing penalty is 5% of the balance owing. As well as this, however, there is an additional 1% on the balance owing for each full month that your return is late (up to a maximum of 12 months).
So, you can see the benefits of paying on time and filing correctly!
By paying your tax bill on time, you’ll avoid paying more than you need to if the CRA chooses to review you.
Getting a job in the Canadian service industry
If you haven’t secured a job by the time you enter Canada, it’s not the end of the world!
In fact, there are some sites that can definitely help you in your search:
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Can I claim a tax refund?
More than likely!
This may depend on a variety of factors including whether or not you overpaid on your tax.
These overpayments are often broken into three categories:
- Overpayment of income tax
- Overpayment of Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)
- Overpayment of Employer Insurance (EI)
While you may feel like you are paying a lot of tax each year, the good news is that you could be due a significant tax refund!
In fact, the average Canadian tax refund is a whopping $998!
Isn’t it at least worth checking out what you are owed?
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Who can help me with my Canadian taxes?
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