Use Capital Losses

You can use your 2018 capital losses to reduce your current year’s income taxes by applying such losses against your 2018 capital gains. You must, however, be careful of the superficial loss rules preventing you from claiming a capital loss on an identical asset that you reacquired 30 days before or after the sale date.

If capital Read More

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By |December 5th, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

Contribute to your RRSP

The most popular tax tool available to taxpayers is investing in a registered retirement saving plan (RRSP).

Contributions to RRSP’s are tax deductible and the income earned within the plan grows tax deferred until retirement. You can claim a contribution of up to 18% of 2017 earned income to a maximum of $26,230. Earned income is Read More

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By |December 3rd, 2018|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE)

On January 1st, 2018, the LCGE increased to $848,252 of capital gains realized by an individual on qualified small business corporation shares. The LCGE has been indexed to inflation for the years following 2014. The new limits apply to any taxpayer who has claimed the LCGE previously.

For dispositions of qualified farm or fishing property, the Read More

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By |October 3rd, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

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|

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|

Corporate Directors Liability

If a corporation (including a for profit or non-profit corporation) fails to deduct, withhold, remit or pay amounts held in trust for the Receiver General for Canada (CPP, EI and GST/HST), the directors of the corporation at the time may be held personally liable along with the corporation to pay the amount due. This amount Read More

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By |July 4th, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

Business Investment Loss – Denied

In a Tax Court of Canada case, a mother had guaranteed the business loans for her son’s corporation. Unfortunately, the corporation failed and subsequently the mother paid off the loans. The mother claimed business investment losses for the amounts repaid.
Her only motivation for the guarantee was to assist her son’s business. She did not charge Read More

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By |July 2nd, 2018|SmallBiz Builder|

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|

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|