About Gerald Hunt

After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Gerald joined KPMG (Formerly Thorne Riddell) as a Computer Accounting Customer Service representative. In this position, Gerald installed accounting systems in over 200 different small to medium sized companies over a 6 year span. In 1989, Gerald left KPMG to continue to work with small business clients in his own corporation installing computer accounting systems. While in this role, he was engaged by the DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary to teach various courses. In time, Gerald moved up through the ranks of DeVry until he attained the position of Director of Finance for the Calgary Campus. He also acquired his Masters of Business Administration from City University of Seattle, Washington in 2001. Gerald’s career has always been focused on small business, accounting and education.

Offshore Tax Informant Program

To combat unreported foreign income, the Federal Government introduced the concept that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will pay financial rewards to individuals who provide information on major international tax evasion. CRA could pay up to 15% of federal tax collected if the reassessments are in excess of $100,000. Penalties, interest and provincial taxes will be Read More

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By |October 3rd, 2018|Tax Tips|

CRA Verifying Motor Vehicle Purchases

There is a recent CRA audit project targeting corporations who made motor vehicle purchases. The CRA is requesting documentation such as purchase invoices, and the percentages of business and personal use of the vehicles. There are many different angles the CRA can be using this information. First, they are verifying that the vehicle has been Read More

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By |October 2nd, 2018|Small Business Tips|

How You Can Use a Financial Windfall to Jump-Start Money Management

If you’ve struggled for years to manage your finances, a windfall can put you on a new track. Without proper financial management planning, you’ll end up back in the same rut. Don’t spend your new money as quickly as you get it; now’s the time to get smart. Use these money management tips to find Read More

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

Director & Personal Liability

In a recent Tax Alert titled “Abuse of Source Deductions and GST/HST Amounts Held in Trust” CRA warned that businesses must hold source deductions and GST/HST amounts in trust for the government. Penalties and interest and possibly personal liability for the directors will be the result if this is not done.
Federal legislation allows CRA to Read More

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By |September 9th, 2018|Tax Tips|

Disability Income Insurance

CRA recently noted that where a proprietor purchased a Disability Income Policy, the premium is a non-deductible personal expense. But the receipt of the disability benefits is tax-free.
If a corporation acquires a Policy for the employees, the premiums are generally deductible. If the employee receives the disability benefits they are included in the employee’s income. Read More

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By |September 6th, 2018|Tax Tips|

Filing Taxes after Death of Spouse

Dear Uncle Bean,

About two years ago, my husband of 28 years suddenly passed away.  Since then, I’ve been having problems managing a lot of things that my husband used to do.  Unfortunately, filing my taxes is one of those items.

What should I do?

Worried
 
Dear Worried:
We are sorry to hear about your loss.  It is a very Read More

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By |September 5th, 2018|Uncle Bean Tax Corner|

Per Diem Meal Allowance

In a recent Technical Interpretation, CRA noted that an employer-provided meal allowance will not be taxable where the following conditions are met:

It must be a reasonable amount;
The allowance is received to cover expenses while travelling away from the metropolitan area or the municipality where the employer’s establishment is located, at which the employee Read More

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By |September 3rd, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

4 Financial Options for Starting a New Business

If you are considering starting a new business, there are a number of factors to figure in to the equation.  Besides choosing a location, applying for proper permits, and obtaining required licensing, prospective new business owners need to analyze both short-term and long-term goals to determine what financial options will be best for the business.  Read More

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

Non-Refundable Tax Credits for Students

 

The most common post-secondary non-refundable tax credits that apply to students are interest paid on student loans, the tuition, education and textbook amounts (prior to 2017), the public transit amount (prior to July 1, 2017), and the Canada employment amount.

Interest on Student Loans

To be eligible for the credit, interest must, in fact, have been paid. The Read More

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By |August 9th, 2018|Tax Tips|

Common Deductions and Tax Credits for Students

The most common deductions that apply to students are moving expenses and child care expenses.
Moving Expenses
You can deduct moving expenses if you move to attend courses as a full-time student or if you moved to start a new job, including summer employment, or to start a business. Your new home must be at least 40 Read More

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By |August 6th, 2018|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|