Terminology ambiguity here with the thread title. To me, the tax RETURN is the paperwork we file to the CRA, or its electronic equivalent. Hopefully it results in a tax REFUND, which is I think what we're really talking about here?
Just a side note (and probably playing devil's advocates here), a salaried worker really shouldn't get any tax refund at the end of the year. Tax refunds are usually generated by purchasing RRSP. Therefore, it's best to purchase the RRSP at the beginning of the year (or through monthly purchase if you don't have enough money) and then file a T1213 to reduce your tax deduction. That way, you maximize the tax shelter and do not let the government gain 6 months of interests.
What a frugal and responsible bunch! We'll probably pump it back into my wife's RRSP (I did mine already). However, this year only we're also considering splurging $10,000 on some summer renovation project in the back yard in order to get the $1,350 Home Renovation Tax Credit (15% of $9,000; the first $1,000 doesn't generate the credit).
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