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.

Canada Pension Plan Basics

The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is a contributory, earnings-related social insurance program. It ensures a measure of protection to a contributor and his or her family caused by the loss of income due to retirement, disability and death.
There are three types of CPP benefits:

Disability benefits (which include benefits for disabled contributors and for their Read More

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By |June 4th, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

5 Strategies to Avoid Small Business Bankruptcy

Running a business can be tough. You will experience growing pains as you start and expand the business.  You will become impatient with the slow progress as the business progresses.  There will be days where developing your small business may be far from the dream you expected it to be.

The unpredictability of business also means Read More

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

Salaries Paid to Family Members

When deciding as to whether a salary should be paid to a family member, or more specifically to one’s spouse, numerous questions arise. On one side, there is the question of the risk involved that the salary may be unreasonable and having the expense being disallowed. On the other side, there is the benefit of Read More

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By |May 8th, 2018|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

Withholding Information from Canada Revenue Agency

If you run your own business or you are self-employed, you may be tempted to report only part of your income to the tax authorities. Or you might consider suppressing information about your activities.
If you are audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) you should consider this. The CRA auditor has access to the Internet. Read More

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By |May 3rd, 2018|Tax Tips|

Voluntary Disclosure Program

If you owe money to any of the tax authorities because you failed to file a return for one or more years, you can make a voluntary disclosure. You will pay only the tax due plus interest. No penalties will be assessed. You have to make a complete disclosure. The information can be less than Read More

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By |May 2nd, 2018|Tax Tips|

Big-Time Money Mistakes Small Business Owners Should Avoid

Unless your last name is Bezos, Buffett, or Gates, you likely won’t have the answers about how to run a successful business, and you’ll have to figure things out the hard way. Fortunately, those who have already been down that road can offer some pieces of advice aimed at steering you clear of some all-too-common Read More

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

Claiming Automobile Expenses

One of the more common expenses claimed by taxpayers are automobile expenses (applies to any motor vehicle such as a van, bus, pickup truck, station wagon, SUV, or other truck). Many individuals use their automobile for work or business and incur personal expenses in doing so. It is important to note that only expenses of Read More

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By |April 5th, 2018|Small Business Tips, Tax Tips|

How to Take Charge of Your Personal Finances

Management of your personal finances can be challenging.  However, it is a necessary skill for those whose goal is to live debt-free and acquire wealth. There are specific and necessary steps to follow if financial independence is your goal.
Get Organized
If you are disorganized in your everyday life, you are apt to have difficulty following a Read More

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By |April 1st, 2018|Small Business Tips|

Home Buyers’ Amount

 

As a first-time home buyer, you may be able to claim $5,000 for the purchase of a qualifying home in 2017.

To qualify for the home buyers’ amount, you cannot have lived in another home owned by you or your spouse or common-law partner that year or in any of the preceding four years.

The qualifying home Read More

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By |March 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Employer-Paid Disability Premiums

If you think that paying for your employee’s disability premiums is always a good thing, think again. If you provide your employees disability as a nontaxable fringe benefit, payments they receive upon their disability will be, in most cases, FULLY taxable to them!

Payments received due to disability are not taxable if:

Your employees paid the Read More

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By |March 6th, 2018|Small Business Tips|