- Increase to Home Office Deduction Claims for Employees:If you worked more than 50% of the time from home for a period of at least four consecutive weeks in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic you can claim $2 for each day you worked from home during that period. The maximum you can claim using the temporary flat rate method is $500 (250 working days) per individual in 2021 and in 2022.
- Climate Action Incentive payment switches to Quarterly:The Government of Canada has announced its intention to deliver the Climate action incentive (CAI) as a quarterly benefit payment.You will automatically receive your CAI payments four times a year, starting in July 2022. To receive your payments, you have to file a tax return even if you have not received income in the year.
- COVID Related Payments:If you received CERB benefits in 2021 you will receive a T4A/T4E which will report your CERB benefits received.
- Digital News Subscription:You can claim a non-refundable tax credit for expenses you paid in the year for a digital news subscription with a qualified Canadian journalism organization.
- The Seniors' Home Safety Tax Credit:Expenses incurred to make seniors’ homes safer and more accessible are eligible for a tax credit worth 25 per cent of up to $10,000 in eligible expenses for a senior’s principal residence in Ontario, to a maximum credit of $2,500. The government is also extending this tax credit to the 2022 tax year, to help seniors who may not have had a chance to use it in 2021.
Upcoming for 2022:
Hang on to those Ontario Hotel receipts this summer! The Ontario Government announced the temporary Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for 2022 which aims to encourage Ontario families to explore the province, while helping the tourism and hospitality sectors recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario residents can claim 20% of their eligible 2022 accommodation expenses, for example, for a stay at a hotel, cottage or campground. You can claim eligible expenses of up to $1,000 as an individual or $2,000 if you have a spouse, common-law partner or eligible children, to get back up to $200 as an individual or $400 as a family.