Well, I’ve just finished my first round of going through my taxes. I make sure to start collecting my information in a very formal system (an envelope) once it starts coming in, so I’m usually pretty good about having my receipts all together. I finally went out an bought a copy of UFile (yes, I know filing online may be cheaper, but I like having everything on my computer), and sat down to get started this afternoon.
My brain hurts. Mr. Canuck Buck’s taxes are *so* easy, but even then, I forgot to get his public transit receipt information ahead of time. Mine are a bit more complicated (just more RRSP slips and charitable donation receipts), but generally aren’t too bad.
We had some medical expenses we incurred in 2010, but didn’t claim. Which is okay – because you can claim medical expenses ending for a 12-month period, as long as it ends in 2011. So I just went ahead and put the actual date of the expenses in. However, when I went ahead and checked how our refunds are calculated, the expenses aren’t listed there. I can’t find anything online (either from UFile or the government) that says which date to use.
So I’ve now contacted UFile and hope they answer quickly. This is far too much money not to get the credit for. And since I’m “middle class” and have no kids, I don’t get much in the way of credits!
I guess the moral of the story here is – always double-check the math, regardless of who is doing it. I’ll be going through all my numbers again next weekend with Mr. Canuck Buck to make sure that I’ve put everything in and haven’t missed anything.
Happy tax season – and may the odds be ever in your favour (any Hunger Games fans out there?)