I'm a Canadian living in Canada and I made income on Upwork. I didn't receive a T4 slip, and I wasn't withheld any amount of money whenever I got paid. No federal taxes paid on that income.
I'm still in the process of filing my taxes on TurboTax and I see that I'm currently eligible for a $919 refund. Can this be possible even though I didn't pay any income tax? I thought the refund was based on how much you were withheld, so how can I receive anything back? Will it change as I go through? Also, I filed it under casual labour rather than employment because it was just temporary and not so formal.
Called the CRA twice, one agent said I could receive a refund even if I wasn't tax deducted, the other said I couldn't. Great help...
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
We are all freelancers, too, and not really qualified to give tax advice. Your best bet is to work with a local tax expert. Also, TurboTax has people available to answer your specific questions (at least in the US).
Well, I know nothing about Canadian taxes, but I wouldn't imagine you could call self-employment earnings as "casual labor". Is that actually a choice on Canadian forms, lol?
@Kyle F wrote:
It is, believe it or not! They basically define it as temporary, not-so-formal work. No T4 slip, tax deductions, or even a formal paycheck, either.
Well, I peeked ... I know Uncle Sam would not call what you earned "casual". Hmm ... a move to Canada might be in order.
I have a similar question, I am a Pakistani in Canada. Do I pay taxes in Canada or Pakistan?! I'm so confused. While getting my SIN number, I asked the officials, and they didn't have any information for me regarding working with non-Canadian clients while being in Canada being a non-Canadian
I would really appreciate it if anyone has any idea regarding this
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