How to Prepare Tax Returns For Rental Properties in Canada
Complete Form T776
– Expenses should be incurred for earning rental income
– The amount of the expense should be reasonable
The most common expenses that can be deducted are:
– Bank charges
– Maintenance and repairs
You can claim Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) for the property itself or Capital Expenses
The CRA rule regarding current expenses vs. capital expenses is that if an item is replaced/repaired to its original state and adds no additional value to the property, it is a current expense. If an item is replaced with an upgrade of longer lasting value, it is a capital expense. The items you noted, would fall under capital expense – Class 8.
|1||4||Most buildings you bought after 1987 and the cost of certain additions or alterations made after 1987.|
Property that you use in your business and that is not included in another class.
|10||30||General-purpose electronic data-processing equipment (commonly called computer hardware) and systems software for that equipment acquired before March 23, 2004, or after March 22, 2004, and before 2005 if you made an election.
Motor vehicles and some passenger vehicles. For more information, go to Class 10 (30%) and Class 10.1 (30%).
|10.1||30||A passenger vehicle not included in Class 10. For more information, go to Class 10.1 (30%).|
|12||100||The cost limit for access to Class 12 (100 %) treatment is $500 for tools acquired on or after May 2, 2006, and medical and dental instruments and kitchen utensils acquired on or after May 2, 2006. For more information, go to Class 12 (100%).|
if you claim class (1) at the time of sale of property , all of the previous CCA claimed must be recaptured into taxable income and is therefore subject to tax.
The net income from calculated on form T776 should be entered on line 12600 (line 126 prior to 2019) of your income tax
Completing Form T776, Statement of Real Estate Rentals
T776 Tax Form: Statement of Real Estate Rentals
Capital cost allowance (CCA) – depreciable property like a building, furniture or equipment to use in your rental activity. Since these properties wear out or become obsolete over time, you can deduct the cost over a period of several years. This deduction is called CCA.
Capital property – generally any property, including depreciable property, you buy for investment purposes or to earn business income. Common types of capital property include principal residences, cottages, stocks, bonds, land, buildings and equipment used in a business or rental operation.
Rental operation – services you provide within your rental property to your tenants such as heat, lighting, laundry, cleaning or security.
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- Goods and Services Tax (GST), Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), and/or Quebec Sales Tax (QST): 5–15% of the listing price including any cleaning fees for stays 30 nights and shorter. If you only host stays for longer than one month, taxes will not be charged on the accommodation. Guest fees are also subject to the 5–15% GST, HST and/or QST. For detailed information, please visit the Government of Canada website.
- Airbnb is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency under business number 723689006 RT000100. Guests who need a tax registration number for the purposes of claiming a credit for their reservations (such as the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit) may use this number.
Province of British Columbia
Guests who book Airbnb listings that are located in the province of British Columbia, Canada will pay the following taxes as part of their reservation:
- Provincial Sales Tax: 8% of the listing price including any cleaning fees and guest fees for reservations of 26 nights or fewer in the Province of British Columbia. For detailed information, please visit the British Columbia Sales Tax website.
- Provincial Sales Tax: 7% of the applicable service fees. For detailed information, please visit the British Columbia Sales Tax website.
- Municipal and Regional District Tax: 2–3% of the listing price including any cleaning fees and guest fees for reservations of 26 nights or fewer in the Province of British Columbia. For detailed information, please visit the British Columbia Sales Tax website.
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