Excellent point Atlantic. Yes, that is always an unpleasant surprise no matter how many times you hope it doesn't come up. If you are paying taxes in Canada, but don't have them come off your paycheck, you will need to make hefty quarterly lump sum payments to the CRA, in the following year (s) at their estimate rate. These payments can really throw you for a loop if you are on a budget and unfamiliar with this type of income (self employed income), so best to be prepared, organized and informed.
Also, if you figure they are estimating your payments pretty high, or your work situation changes, you can stop making these payments or alter the amount (if memory serves me right), however if you are cutting off the CRA too early, or too much, they will levy a fine on you. Go figure. If you don't overpay taxes, before you or anybody else are obligated to submit your taxes, then we will punish you. It really is not fair. It kinda bends me out of shape this rule, you're expected to pay up front before any actual tax deadlines or amount has been determined on their say so.
Audicoupe, I would suggest that you only submit the information they specifically ask for, careful with how much information you give. It is your information, volunteering information can get you in more trouble, just like dealing with border or police. There are not your friends, and before you know it they have framed that information in a way that may not represent your situation. For instance, your employer is not Princess I am sure. It is probably a numbered company in Liberia, created specifically for the one ship you were working on, which is probably owned by another numbered company in the Marshal Islands, but then again you may be under contract to a ship management company, which cruise line really are, but they may not be in charge of crewing your department. My point is that is you are not absolutely sure, don't volunteer any information that could be misconstrued as lying.
It sounds like they were after the GST portion, like they did to me. They probably wanted to know where that income was coming from, and if from Canadian sources, why wasn't there any GST remittance.
When I worked at RCCL i had tried to find out who was actually paying me, but after much searching, I was really never satisfied with the answer, as these companies are set up with clear aim not to be held in any jurisdiction in any one set of laws and to limit financial damages to just one ship, instead of the whole brand and all the ships under it.
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