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Tax Tips
for Canadians

We offer helpful tax tips and advice for just about every Canadian taxpayer, including students, families with children and seniors.

Uncommon tax
deductions and facts

Is your pet a legitimate tax expense? Can you deduct a trip to California? We have the answers you're looking for. This is your chance to review a few interesting tax deductions that are available to taxpayers, as well as deductions that are denied.

Here are some facts about uncommon tax deductions:

  • The Tax Court decided a farmer was allowed to claim cat and dog food because they were outdoor pets meant to keep wildlife away from their blueberries. Dog food is also deductible if it is for a service dog.
  • Lunch time supervision costs are considered child care expenses and can be claimed on your return. This also applies to before and after-school programs.
  • Make sure you declare income from all sources - legal and illegal. If you fail to claim income earned illegally, you'll likely hear from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about unpaid income taxes and can possibly be convicted of a crime.
  • If you attend school outside of Canada, the tuition should be tax deductible as long as the school is recognized by the CRA.

Call us or visit an H&R Block location to ask about other uncommon deductions. Use our Office Locator to help you find the office nearest you.

Spokespeople
and Media contact

H&R Block spokespeople are available for media interviews across Canada year round. To find an H&R Block spokesperson, please contact:

Tina Quelch
Calador Communications

P: 416-925-6034 ext. 22
E: tina[at]calador.ca

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