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    Question EI/income tax Question

    My husband was laid off in September. He receives EI. I am curious if we may have to pay anything back. He made around $41,000 before being laid off and I think he gets the maximum EI.

    We normally rush to get our taxes because we NEED the cash but I don't want to rush if we owe.

    How can I figure out if we owe or not?

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    Sorry you're stressed and unfortunately I can't give you an good answer without knowing a whole bunch more about your/his situation.

    Regular benefits get clawed back when your net income (the total income less deductions like RRSP's, child care, union dues) is over the threshold of about $52K or so (can't remember the exact amount for 2009).

    Repayments are 30% of the excess over the threshold for the year.

    He may or may not owe regular tax based on how much total tax he's had withheld and his total income for the year less deductions.

    The best thing to do would be to draft up a return (use an online program like through CRA) to get an idea of what you may be looking at. You don't have to file it right away - you've got until the end of April.

    Hope it all works out the way you need it to!

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    Thanks. I got the values wrong. He made $36,000 from his job and just over 5,000 from EI.

    Can we also claim our dentist bill and the remaining balance of our hospital room that insurance didn't pay?

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    You can claim all your medical expenses - but these need to be more than 3% of your net income. Medical would include anything you paid a Dr., Dentist, Chiro, Hospital, prescriptions etc... for and also includes any medical insurance you paid for through work (but not long term disability insurance).

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