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: 

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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. 
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