Principal Issues: Deductions available on optional returns under 70(2), 104(23)(d) & 150(4)
1. Based on comments in T4011 which permit carrying charges, contributions to RRSP, RPP, union dues and other employment expenses on the return to which the income relates, why are ABIL, exploration & development, moving expenses not similarly permitted to be claimed on any of the optional returns?
2. Why is the caregiver tax credit under 118(1)(c.1) not allowed on optional returns when it is provided for in the legislation?
Position: 1. An RRSP deduction, like deductions for an ABIL, exploration & development, moving expenses, can only be claimed on the final return. While certain deductions in computing net income, such as carrying charges, contributions to an RPP, union dues and other employment expenses, are deductible on the optional return which includes the income to which the deduction can reasonably be considered to be wholly applicable, such deductions would normally be wholly applicable to the income reported on the final return.
2. 118(1)(c.1) credit is allowed on both final and optional returns.
Reasons: 1. As stated in 4(1), the deductions in computing net income, such as carrying charges, contributions to RPP, union dues and other employment expenses, are deductible in computing the income to which the amounts can reasonably be considered as wholly applicable to that source subject to subsection 4(2). Moving expenses and contributions to RRSPs are not deductible on the optional return because of 4(2). An ABIL, as a type of capital loss, cannot be claimed on the optional return. Exploration and development expenses are added to a taxpayer's pools and there is no provision to transfer the pools to the optional returns.
2. Position was likely added to 1989 version of T4011 before the legislation on 118(1)(c.1) was finalized