Confidence runs high for the 90% of Canadians who say their 2013 tax returns will take advantage of all tax deductions, credits and savings available to them, finds a survey by BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Moreover, 70% plan to file their taxes before the April 30 deadline, with 25% having already filed.
Taxpayers are most aware of how their income is taxed generally (77%) and the tax implications of contributing to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (75%).
However, they’re less confident of their understanding how investments are taxed: 41% are familiar with taxes on capital gains and dividend income.
What are Canadians planning to do with their refunds?
- 37% will cover household bills
- 28% will save or invest
- 13% will fund vacations or purchase leisure items.
- 11% will do home renovations.
- Less than 10% will pay down their mortgages.
- 3% will donate to charitable causes.
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The survey was conducted by Pollara between March 14th and March 17th, 2014 with an online sample of 1,007 Canadians. The margin of error for a probability sample of this size is ± 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.