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Did You Work from Home in 2020 Due to COVID-19?

Did You Work from Home in 2010 Due to COVID-19?

For the 2020 personal tax year, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has created two new policies to go along with the existing Detailed Method of claiming home office expenses by an employee. These new policies make it easier for employees who were required to work from home due to COVID-19 in 2020 to claim a deduction for home office expenses on their 2020 personal tax returns.

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Guide to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and Other Individual Relief Benefits (updated February 23, 2021)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a new temporary measure to assist individuals facing a loss of work. The Benefit is available from March 15, 2020, to September 26, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020 for payments retroactive to within that period. Eligible applicants can receive a taxable benefit of $2,000 every four weeks for up to 28 weeks and is intended to support workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19 (NOTE – maximum eligibility was originally set at 16 weeks, however, in June this was previously extended for 8 additional weeks, and then on August 20, the program was further extended for an additional four week period up to September 26, 2020).

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New Low-Interest Loan Available for Businesses in “Hard-Hit” Sectors

On January 26, 2021 the federal government announced a new loan program intended to provide support for businesses that have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new program is called the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), and offers a low interest loan to businesses that meet certain criteria.

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Canada Summer Jobs Program 2021

On December 29, 2020 the federal government updated the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) website for the 2021 program. Applications for 2021 summer jobs are now open and will remain open until January 29, 2021 unless otherwise extended.

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Important CEWS Deadline Reminder

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2020 Christmas Letter

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As the holiday season begins, we would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of our clients. 2020 has been an interesting year and has presented us all with some serious unexpected challenges and we want to let our clients know that we are here to help you navigate these uncharted waters.

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