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Everything You Need to Know: T3 Tax Returns

in Mar 03, 2020

A T3 return refers to the tax form package for a trust. It is also known as the T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return.

When an individual passes away, their executor must file a T3 tax return for the trust. A testamentary trust is one that is created because of the death of an individual. The terms must be established by either the individual’s will or by a court order.

Meanwhile, an inter vivos trust is one that encompasses various types of trusts relating to individuals who are alive. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, an alter ego trust, an employee trust, as well as a health and welfare trust.

This post will discuss how one can apply for a trust account number and what information one should have at hand before filling out the T3 tax return form.

How do I apply for a trust account number electronically?

Before you can file a T3 tax return, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires you to apply for a trust account number.

A trustee is an individual who can apply for this number. This person can be an administrator, executor, or liquidator. To get started on the application process, one should fill out the T3 Application for Trust Account Number document (T3APP) that can be accessed through the official CRA website. In addition to completing this form, one should either have a signed copy of the last will or the trust document itself.

To send the application online, one can visit the secure CRA portal. The two options on the portal are: My Account and Represent a Client.

On this note, if one wishes for another individual to apply on their behalf for the trust account number, then the representative must be authorized to do so. This form of authorization allows the CRA to work with the representative when it comes to matters involving income tax and trust accounts.

This chosen individual can have access to one’s personal tax information in addition to the details pertaining to business tax accounts. Other permissions include updating business numbers and program account information, accessing non-residential tax data, as well as inquiring about changes to one’s non-residential tax account.

The representative can range from a variety of individuals. They can be an accountant, such as one from Prasad & Company LLP, a bookkeeper, a lawyer, another family member, or one’s common-law partner. The chosen individual remains as one’s representative until either party cancels it or the authorization reaches its expiry date.

After successfully applying for a trust account number, one can expect the completed T3APP form to get processed by the CRA. Once the number is granted, it should be stored and used when handling all trust-related matters.

What information should I have at hand before I fill out a T3 tax return?

Before you begin to fill out the T3 tax return form, there is information that you must have at hand.

Required types of identification information include the mailing address of the trustee, administrator, liquidator, or executor. The name of the individual must also be identified on the form. This is in addition to their phone number and trust account number.

If applicable, then one should identify whether or not the trust resident is on designated Aboriginal settlement lands. One should provide the name and number of the settlement in this instance.

Reporting on the trust’s income is just as integral to the filing process. When it comes to disclosing foreign income and property information, one should report all sources of income. This encompasses locations within and outside of Canada.

If the trust held foreign property that exceeds over $100,000 CAD, then one may need to complete the T1135 form. This refers to the Foreign Income Verification Statement.

As for the direct deposit section of the T3 tax return form, it does not necessarily have to be completed on an annual basis. If the direct deposit information of the trust has not changed, then the section does not have to be filled.

However, if the information did change, then the T3-DD document should be completed. This is called the Direct Deposit Request for T3 form. Another option is to provide one’s new banking information. One should identify their branch number, financial institution number, and bank account number. A void cheque should also be provided by the account owner. This can be accessed through online banking or by visiting your local bank in-person.

What are my next steps?

Correctly filing a T3 tax return can be a daunting task. Thankfully, Prasad & Company LLP is a firm with dedicated professionals who are ready to assist a variety of clients.

The firm prides itself on having over 30 years of experience. Its advisors have developed and maintained a stellar reputation when it comes to providing clients with reliable solutions.

Helping clients correctly file their T3 tax returns is one of the many offered services. Prasad & Company LLP can also help one with estate and business succession planning, business advisory, and assurance. This is in addition to cost-effective solutions with its CTO services.

To contact Prasad & Company LLP, one can call 416 226-9840. The toll-free number is 1-888-550-TCAS.

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