Personal Tax - In-Depth Personal Tax Topics

Intermediate Personal Tax Course - A Masterclass on Personal Tax Concepts - Regular Price $399

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Intermediate Course – Personal Tax Seminars covering a range of critical topics

If you have taken any of the introductory personal tax courses here at Canadian Tax Academy and have journeyed into the world of personal tax preparation, you may have realized that there is a lot that you don’t know. Remember, those courses provide you with the fundamentals you need in the realm of tax preparation.

However, as we all know, tax can get quite complicated and intricate even for what might seem to be the simplest of tax returns.

The In-Depth Personal Tax Topics course is curated and developed to help you build your tax chops and fill in those gaps in the areas of tax that you will need to familiarize yourself with or will require more in-depth knowledge of the issues and requirements. Inevitably, you will come across most of these tax areas if you start building your client base.

Now, you will have a resource that you can tap into any time you encounter any situations, scenarios and problems in the areas covered in this course.

This course was curated using the content found in the Personal Tax Masterclass, one of the ongoing series of training modules offered to subscribers of the monthly Tax Bytes Practice Mentor. Many of you have been asking if there was a way to access all that content without having to make the commitment to the monthly newsletter. Well, now the answer to that question is yes … all of the tutorials in that series have been combined to form this in-depth, intermediate personal tax course.

Once you purchase this course, you will have access to all the future updates at no additional charge. Currently, at least 3 modules are added every year. Once these modules are presented in the Tax Bytes Practice Mentor, they will be posted as an update to this course.

NOTE: If you subscribe to the Tax Bytes Practice Mentor monthly training and newsletter service, you will automatically have access to all this content as part of your monthly subscription. For more information on that service just visit this website and check out the FAQ’s below.

The following is a listing and brief synopsis of the topics covered in this course

Employment Income & Deductions - A detailed look and analysis of employment expenses as they apply to employees and salespeople. We review the T2200 in detail, question by question and provide examples of different T2200’s covering the most common oversights and errors made by new practitioners.

Old Age Security (OAS) – Understanding the details of the OAS system and tax reporting so that you can consult with your senior clients effectively. Here we look at frequently encountered issues in the real of the OAS clawback (recovery-tax) and how to deal with those situations. Also examined are some tax planning scenarios and options for high income seniors.

Rental Income vs. Cost-Sharing – What happens when someone rents out a portion of their home or a separate rental unit to family members and there is a consistent loss? What if the rent is below fair market value? What if the property is rented to arm’s length individuals but not run in a sufficiently commercial manner? These topics and the influential court cases in this area are examined.

Understanding the Principal Residence Exemption – The CRA now requires the disposition of principal residences to be disclosed on the personal T1 return. In this module do a comprehensive view of the PRE formula and issues you will encounter in many client situations. Also examined are the change in use rules and the various elections under Section 45 of the Income tax Act.

Personal-Use Property & Listed Personal Property – Often overlooked in many tax practices and tax courses, here we review these rules in detail and review areas where it might apply in practice. Are you disclosing the sale of cottage that was sold properly?

Attribution & the Spousal Loan Strategy – In this module we take a detailed look and provide step-by-step instructions on how to implement this plan. Learn how to legally transfer investment income from the higher-income spouse to the lower-income spouse and save substantial amounts of tax for clients with high investment income.

Deducting Interest as a Carrying Charge – CRA frequently reviews large deductions for interest on T1 return (interest incurred to earn investment income). Two modules cover the intricacies if this area. Also examines are scenarios frequently encountered by owner-managed business owners when they borrow from personal lines of credits or mortgages and invest their business. Can they deduct the interest?

Medical Expenses – Without question the most highly reviewed area by CRA on personal tax returns. While this topic may seem straight-forward, it is stacked with details and complexities that are often overlooked. Are you putting medical expenses on the right tax return to get maximum benefits? How do you find information on whether an expenses is eligible for the credit? Do you know the rules with respect to nursing and retirement homes?

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies – Being a tax practitioner is more than just preparing tax returns for clients during tax season. You will also be asked to provide valuable advice. This module examines some critical year end strategies to help your clients save tax and avoid costly mistakes.

Dealing with the CRA – A number of modules are presented to help you cope when the CRA comes knocking on the door of one of your clients. We also examine little things that can be done to avoid being on CRA’s radar map. Surviving GST/HST compliance audits for business clients, dealing with CRA objections and appeals, keeping adequate records to satisfy even the most nitpicky of auditors.

Tax Research Methodology – How to use CRA resources and other professional websites in conjunction with your tax software to research tax and client questions. There is no way to have every answer at the top of your head. This module shows you the methodology I use when I need to dig deep into a tax scenario/plan or difficult client questions.


Practice Tool – Useful T2125 & GST/HST Worksheet – Worth the price of admission alone, you will be given a time-saving spreadsheet that will help you sort through that mountain of client receipts in no time. When you are done, you will have the information ready to input into the T2125 Statement of Business Activities along with the final GST/HST report you’ll need to file as well.

Common Tax Preparation Issues – When you deal with business income clients, you will be stepping into the realm of the accountant (if you’re not one already of course). In this unit we discuss income-splitting with other family members, home-office expense questions, frequently asked questions on automobile expenses as well as the age old employee vs. self-employed (contractor) debate and issues.

CPP & EI for the Self-Employed – Are the self-employed eligible to collect Employment Insurance benefits? Can they make contributions to the plan and collect benefits? How would they go about applying? How do CPP contributions work for the self-employed? Are there special rules for those who have already started collected their CPP pension but still earning self-employment income?

Partnership Income – Often over-looked or skimmed over in tax courses, in this module we examine the most frequently encountered situations and decision making process you will encounter when dealing with partnership income. What happens when one partner has other expenses that they want to deduct? Also examined are some of the accounting and bookkeeping concerns partners may have with partnership capital accounts.

Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) for Vehicles – A frequently misunderstood area of personal tax are the maze of tax rules on claiming CCA on different types of vehicles. In this module we breakdown all the rules and nuances of Class 10 v. Class 10.1 videos. Topics including terminal losses and recapture, GST/HST on Class 10.1 videos, entering proper information into software, and much more is covered.

Employee vs. Self-Employed (Contractor) Issues – If there is one area of tax that has been present and frequently reviewed over all my years of being a practitioner, that is the employee vs. contractor issue. This topic is far-reaching and covers a wide area of tax including corporations, GST/HST and payroll. In this module we discuss the types of scenarios and decision making process you will encounter as a personal tax preparer.

… and much more to come over the next few months and years. Purchase this course now to lock in the current pricing. As the months move on and more content is added, the price of this course will increase accordingly.

Hope to “see” you all on the other side!

Your Instructor

Ian DiNovo, CPA, CGA
Ian DiNovo, CPA, CGA

Ian DINovo is a professional accountant and Director of the Canadian Tax Academy. He has been practicing accounting and offering independent financial and business advice for over 20 years.

He is the creator of a number of courses dealing with business, tax and investment matters that are designed to make difficult topics easy to understand for everyone.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Your access depends on whether you purchase this course outright, or whether you are a member of one of your All Access plans. If you directly purchase this course, you have unlimited access to it for the lifetime of the course, including all future updates - across any and all devices you own – at no additional cost. If you are a member of one of our Annual Membership Plans, then you will have access to the most current and up-to-date version of this course for the duration of your membership.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund. No questions asked. However, if a certificate of completion is requested and granted, refunds will not be issued even if it is within the 14 day period. (i.e. you cannot complete the course, be granted professional CPD hours and then request a refund).
What is the structure of the course and how is it taught?
The course is presented though a series of bite-sized tutorials. This allows students to do 2 thing. First, they can learn the concepts at their own pace. Second, they can come back and easily find a tutorial when they need a refresher. This also allows the instructor to easily update the course when there are changes.
How often is this course updated?
The course is reviewed and updated, where necessary, on an annual basis to keep up with changing tax legislation. This course is also updated when new content is released on the Tax Bytes Practice Mentor in the Personal Tax Masterclass series (as it is curated from that content). This course is evergreen, which means that it teaches you personal tax concepts that are applicable to any personal tax year. All the content and topic covered in this course are relevant to any year.
Is this course eligible for PD credits? Do you issue certificates?
Yes, a certificate of completion can be requested once you complete the course. Once we verify that you have actually watched the tutorial videos in our system, we will issue the certificate via email for your records. This course provides you with 14.0 hours of CPD which are considered verifiable hours for annual CPA CPD purposes.
If this course is included as part of the Tax Bytes Subscription, can I apply the amount I paid for this course to that subscription?
No, the monthly subscription offered through the Tax Bytes Practice Mentor is a separate service here at Canadian Tax Academy. The monthly fee paid for that service gives you access to all the content for that period. Remember, even though you paid for this course, you will have access to other courses as part of that subsription that you did not pay for.
What if I have any questions? Will they be answered in this course?
No. As this content relates to more intermediate subject areas, any questions will be left to you for further research. Questions are only answered in the fundamentals courses offered at Canadian Tax Academy. As most of the questions asked in this course would relate to more compicated scenarios or specific client inquiries, I cannot answer questions.
How is the course taught?
The course is presented though a series of bite-sized tutorials. This allows students to do 2 thing. First, they can learn the concepts at their own pace. Second, they can come back and easily find a tutorial when they need a refresher. This also allows the instructor to easily update the course when there are changes.

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