2023 tax changes for 2022 filing

Tax Changes for Filing Your 2022 Tax Return

Like many years, Tax Year 2022 comes with several changes you need to know about when filing your personal and business taxes. Understanding the tax changes for 2023 filing is critical to reducing the risk of overpaying your taxes. The following are some of the most important changes Canadians must know about heading into tax filing season.

Repayment of COVID-19 Benefits

Those who received COVID-19 benefits in 2022 from CRA, such as any of the following, are likely to receive a T4A slip to report these benefits on tax returns:

  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Canada Sickness Recovery Benefit (CSRB

Those with a net income after adjustments higher than $38,000 from the CRB will need to repay some or all of the benefits they received. For those who repaid all or some of those benefits in 2022, it is possible to claim the tax deduction in the year you desire (when received or when repaid).

Updated Basic Personal Amount

The Basic Personal Amount (BPA) was adjusted to $14,398 for 2022. As a result, you may see a slight boost in your tax return for the year. In 2023, the BPA will increase to $15,000.

Shifts in Federal Tax Brackets

For the tax year 2022, the federal tax brackets are as follows:

  • Up to $50,197 income: 15%
  • From $50,197 to $100,392: 20.5%
  • From $100,392 to $155,625: 26%
  • From 155,625 to $221,708: 29%
  • Above $221,708.01: 33%

Be sure to adjust and plan for any tax changes this year based on your income. The upward adjustment of these tax brackets means that some people may see a shift from a lower tax bracket to a higher one compared to last year’s filing.

Work-From-Home Expenses

As so many people have transitioned to working from home, the government has worked to carry over the work-from-home tax credit first put in place in the previous year. That means Canadians who have expenses from working from home and keep documentation of those costs can now claim up to $500 in those expenses on their income taxes. If you did not calculate this, you can use a $2 per day flat rate for each day you worked at home.

First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit

The First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit is on its way up. The HBTC aims to make it more affordable for Canadians to purchase a home. For the tax year 2022, if you purchased a home, you can now claim $10,000 as a non-refundable income tax credit on your taxes. That is twice as much as it was in the year prior. That could provide up to a $1,500 tax savings for some people.

Change in Old Age Security Income Limits

Another update for the tax season this year is a change in Old Age Security income limits. Seniors who make more than what is allowable may have to pay some of their OAS back to the government. For the 2022 tax year, the new limits are:

  • $80,761, the minimum income recovery threshold
  • $134,626, the maximum recovery threshold for those between the ages of 65 and 74
  • $137,331, the maximum recovery threshold for those over the age of 75

If you made more than the minimum amount, you might need to repay some of your OAS. However, your OAS might be cancelled if you made more than the maximum amount listed here.

TFSA Limited Increases

Tax-free savings account limits have also increased for the tax year 2022 to $6,500.

Air Quality Improvement Tax Credit

Another federal change to note is the Air Quality Improvement Tax credit. Businesses that made suitable ventilation upgrades under this credit can claim 25% up to $10,000 can be made in 2022. That provides up to a $2,500 tax credit.

Labour Mobility Deduction

For those who work as apprentices, tradespeople, or employees in the construction industry, the Labour Mobility Deduction (LMD) will allow for claims for meals and lodging expenses. This applies when those in this field must move to a temporary location to work in the industry.

RRSP Dollar Limit Increase

The Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) dollar limit for 2022 is $29,210. You cannot, however, go beyond 18% of your earned income from the previous year.

For more tips on retirement planning, we recommend checking out this post.

Consult an Accountant to Ensure You’re Filing Properly

With the changes occurring in income tax returns for 2023, be sure to set up a consultation with your accountant to discuss any that may affect you. That helps ensure you are compliant and take full advantage of all potential deductions. If you’d like to discuss these changes with us, just book a free consultation.

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