Take the Time to Do Your Taxes Right or Pay the Consequences

 CIBC offers expert tax tips and reminders to help Canadians avoid penalties  and interest charges this tax season  TORONTO, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) - As Canadians  prepare to file their 2013 tax returns this spring, a little attention up  front can go a long way to saving time, money and undue complications down the  road, says Jamie Golombek, Managing Director, Tax and Estate Planning at CIBC.  Canadians had to pay over $1 billion in additional taxes in fiscal 2012 alone,  primarily because what they reported on their tax returns didn't match the  dollar amounts provided by employers, financial institutions and other  sources, according to the most recent data from the Canada Revenue Agency  (CRA). As well, CRA rejected almost one in every five tax credit and deduction  claims the previous fiscal year.  "Each year, the CRA identifies costly, common errors in personal tax returns  that can easily be avoided if you take the time to do it right and seek advice  if your situation is complicated," says Mr. Golombek. "If you under-report  income or if deductions are disallowed, taxpayers may find that they  unexpectedly owe more money to the CRA."  In addition to collecting additional taxes from you, the CRA will charge  interest, currently at a rate of 5 per cent, on any overdue tax amounts, he  points out. And, if you fail to file your return by the deadline or  under-report income repeatedly, penalties may also apply, he adds.  "To avoid potential interest and penalties, it's important to take note of key  deadlines, ensure that you report all of your income accurately and verify  that you are eligible for tax credits or deductions before you claim them,"  says Mr. Golombek.  In his latest report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most Common  Tax Return Errors, Mr. Golombek provides a number of tips to help Canadians  avoid costly errors on this year's return:            --  Double-check that you've included all income from all sources;         --  Compare information on tax slips to investment statements or             other supporting documents to ensure accuracy;         --  If you're missing information, do your best to get it; estimate             amounts when information doesn't arrive in time to file;         --  Report all RRSP contributions, even if you're going to claim             the deduction in a later year;         --  Determine if you are eligible for a deduction or credit before             you claim it;         --  Make sure your current address is on file with employers,             financial institutions and the CRA so that you receive all tax             slips and correspondence;         --  Be punctual - file your return by the deadline, which is April             30, 2014 for most taxpayers, and respond to any direct CRA             correspondence within the required timeframe.  To learn more about reporting information from tax slips, RRSP and other  deductions, foreign tax credits and CRA correspondence and timelines, read Mr.  Golombek's 2014 tax report, Doing It Right the First Time! Avoiding the Most  Common Tax Return Errors.  To view Mr. Golombek's other tax planning reports, please visit:  www.cibc.com/ca/advice-centre.  About CIBC  CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million  personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products  and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches  and offices across Canada, and has offices in the United States and around the  world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our  Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.    SOURCE  Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce  Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media  Relations,  at 416-784-6699 or email:caroline.vanhasselt@cibc.com.  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/20/c6230.html  CO: CIBC ST: Ontario NI: FIN ACC