Tag Archives: 2012

Tax Man going to get me this year

8 Mar

There is a wealth of information in your personal CRA account.  It lists all your previous tax returns that you can look back on, RRSPs, TFSAs, GST credits and so forth.  You can even look up your T4 statements for 2012!

It’s been a while since I worked at my part time job, so I haven’t picked up my small cheque and T4.  But I was able to pull up my T4 for 2012 from the CRA site.

After entering all my T4s, RRSP contribution of $1064, and one donation slip, it looks like I’m going to be owing money to the government.  @_@  It’s too late to contribute to my RRSP to lower my income for 2012.  Now I have to write a cheque to the tax man.

The worse is yet to come as I am still waiting on my T3/T5 and trading summary from my brokerage accounts to figure out the final damage.   At the moment, the balance owing is $225.05.  Update:  I chatted with Questrade Rep online, March 15th is the date to look out for your tax slips! 

On a brighter note, I like to introduce StudioTax 2012 to any Canadian Tax Filers.  This is a free tax software.  You will have to download their software onto your computer to fill our your tax information.  This is net file approved by CRA.  If you like to do it the old fashion way, you can print out the paper version and mail it out.

I’ve been using this since 2010 and I haven’t had a problem with it.  It is a simple fill out online form, but it gets the job done.  Of course, it does not compare to the top ranking Turbotax or Ufile where they have a nice interview questionnaire that takes you through step by step.

But hey, Studiotax is free!  And you know how I like my freebies!

My first Sun Run

16 Apr

Sun Run usually draws a big crowd to the Vancouver Downtown core for their annual 10KM race.  A record of 48,904 participants signed up for this year!  Sunday’s weather was perfect for runners and walkers alike.  Cloudy skies, cool spring morning… and the rain held out thank goodness!

Our team captain went around our department asking if we would like to join the Sun Run this year.  Twelve of us decided to participate including myself!   Part of the reason why I never participated is that there is a fee of $40-50 associated with this Sun Run.  Luckily, our company sponsored us this year!  It was nice to see my coworkers outside of work for the first time!  We all had our own fitness level and was supportive of each other.  We met up at Tim Hortons just before the race and took some pictures as a group.  

When the race started, everyone went at their own speed.  I’m happy to say everyone on our team finished under 1 hour 45 minutes!  Our top guy finished in at 52 minutes and our top gurl finished in at 1 hour!  I placed 5th overall on our team.

This is my first Sun Run!  I did not train for the Sun Run nor do I work out on a regular basis.  My fitness level was not up to par.  My left hip and my ankles were hurting with each running motion I took after a while.  I tried to keep up my pace with walking and jogging whenever I can.  I ended up finishing the race in 1 hour 19 minutes 58 seconds!  Placing 26,163 overall.