This article was updated on Dec. 2, 2020, to include 2021 numbers.
You have a lot to remember as an advisor, so we’ve assembled this reference list of tax numbers. We’ll update it as things change.
- Maximum RRSP contribution: The maximum contribution for 2021 is $27,830; for 2020, it’s $27,230.
- TFSA limit: In 2021, the annual limit is $6,000, for a total of $75,500 for someone who has never contributed and has been eligible for the TFSA since its introduction in 2009. The annual limit for 2020 is also $6,000, for a total of $69,500 in room available in 2020 for someone who has been eligible since 2009.
- Maximum pensionable earnings: For 2021, the maximum pensionable earnings amount is $61,600 ($58,700 in 2020), and the basic exemption amount remains $3,500 for 2020 and 2021.
- Maximum EI insurable earnings: The maximum annual insurance earnings (federal) for 2021 is $56,300, up from $54,200 in 2020.
- Lifetime capital gains exemption: The lifetime capital gains exemption is $892,218 in 2021, up from $883,384 in 2020.
- Low-interest loans: The current family loan rate is 1%.
- Home buyers’ amount: Did your client buy a home? He or she may be able to claim up to $5,000 of the purchase cost, and get a non-refundable tax credit of up to $750.
- Medical expenses threshold: For the 2021 tax year, the maximum is 3% of net income or $2,421, whichever is less. For 2020, the max is 3% or $2,397.
- Basic personal amount: The basic personal amount for 2021 is $13,808 for taxpayers with net income of $151,978 or less. At income levels above $151,978, the basic personal amount is gradually clawed back until it reaches $12,421 for net income of $216,511. The basic personal amount for 2020 ranges from $12,298 to $13,229.
- Age amount: Clients can claim this amount if they were 65 years of age or older on December 31 of the taxation year. The maximum amount they can claim in 2021 is $7,713, up from $7,637 in 2020.
- OAS recovery threshold: If your client’s net world income exceeds $79,845 in 2021 or $79,054 in 2020, he or she may have to repay part of or the entire OAS pension.
Clients with children, dependants
- Canada caregiver credit: If you have a dependant under the age of 18 who’s physically or mentally impaired, you may be able to claim up to an additional $2,295 for 2021 and $2,273 for 2020 in calculating certain non-refundable tax credits. For infirm dependants 18 or older, the amount for 2021 is $7,348 and the 2020 amount is $7,276.
- Disability amount: The amount for 2021 is $8,662 (non-refundable credit; $8,576 in 2020), with a supplement up to $5,053 for those under 18 (the amount is reduced if child care expenses are claimed; $5,003 in 2020).
- Child disability benefit: The child disability benefit is a tax-free benefit of up to $2,915 (2021) for families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. For 2020, the amount is $2,886.
- Canada child benefit: In 2021, the maximum CCB benefit is $6,833 per child under age six and up to $5,765 per child aged six through 17. In 2020, those amounts are $6,765 per child under age six and up to $5,708 per child aged six through 17. Eligible recipients received $300 more per child earlier this year as part of the government’s financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.