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Filing taxes for Upwork earnings.

kfowler19
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Kyle F Member Since: Apr 25, 2017
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Hi all,

 

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.

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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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).

kfowler19
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Kyle F Member Since: Apr 25, 2017
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Thanks, Mary. Was hoping some others might have run into this before, but I'll definitely have to give TurboTax a call tomorrow.

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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TT is incredibly helpful.

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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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?

kfowler19
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Kyle F Member Since: Apr 25, 2017
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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.

mtngigi
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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
7 of 15

@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.

kfowler19
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Kyle F Member Since: Apr 25, 2017
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Might not be a bad idea, depending on your political beliefs...

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I thought ALL labor in Canada was "casual."

 

No, wait. That's Australia I'm thinking of.

mobeenmuzzammil
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Mobeen M Member Since: Jun 12, 2017
10 of 15

Hi All,

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 Smiley LOL
I would really appreciate it if anyone has any idea regarding this Smiley Tongue
Thank you

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