Steps for Managing Financial Hardships and Difficulties

One of the most disruptive things to happen in your life is a financial hardship. These can come in many different forms, like losing your job, poor investments, natural catastrophes and illness. It is important, if you should find yourself in any of these situations, to remain invested in identifying your next steps and making Read More

By |February 15th, 2018|Small Business Tips|

Marriage Breakdown – Tax Questions

Dear Uncle Bean:

My husband and I have decided to end our marriage.  We have been married for 7 years and have two small children.  How will this affect my taxes?

Distressed and Disturbed
Dear Distressed and Disturbed:
I am so, so sorry to hear about your situation.  Sometimes soul mates turn into soul duds.  Unfortunately, ending a marriage Read More

By |February 13th, 2018|Uncle Bean Tax Corner|

Common Law and Tax Implications Question

Dear Uncle Bean,

My boyfriend and I moved in together about a year ago.  He is telling me that we have to select common law on our personal tax return for this year.  I don’t want to do this because it is almost like saying that we are married.  I’m not sure that I am ready Read More

By |February 13th, 2018|Uncle Bean Tax Corner|

2018 Rates and Maximums Chart


Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings

Year’s Basic Exemption (by pay period type):
* Annual
* Monthly (12)

* Semi-Monthly (24)
* Bi-Weekly (26)
* Weekly (52)

Maximum Contributory Earnings
Contribution Rate – Employee/Employer
Contribution Rate – Self-Employed
Maximum Contribution – Employee/Employer
Maximum Contribution – Self-Employed





Basic Personal Amount
Eligible Dependent or Spouse or Common-Law Partner Amount
Pension Income Amount
Age 65 Amount
Disability Amount
Canada Caregiver Amount
Family Caregiver Amount for children under Read More

By |February 9th, 2018|Small Business Tips, SmallBiz Builder|

2018 Indexation Adjustment for Personal Income Tax and Benefit Amounts

On January 1, 2018, all indexed personal income tax amounts, including tax bracket thresholds and amounts used to calculate non-refundable tax credits, were adjusted by 1.5%. The Canada Child Benefit and the goods and services tax credit will take effect July 1, 2018.

For 2018 the federal tax bracket thresholds are:
* 15% for taxable income between Read More

By |February 9th, 2018|Tax Tips|

2018 Automobile Deduction Limits and Expense Benefit Rates for Business

Are you ready for change? NOW is the time to prepare for tax reform, as every taxpayer will be affected by the new legislation beginning in 2018. Will you see an increase or decrease in your taxes? Will your tax return become simplified or more complicated?The ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles for capital cost Read More

By |February 9th, 2018|Small Business Tips, Tax Tips|

Feds Clarify Income Sprinkling Proposal

We’d like to share the following article from, clarifying the rules for income sprinkling:

“The federal government provided revised income sprinkling measures Wednesday, offering clarity about how its controversial changes to the Income Tax Act will be implemented.

The feds “have significantly narrowed the scope, and they’ve provided clarity,” says Dave Walsh, partner and tax service Read More

By |February 2nd, 2018|The Library|