Eligible Deductions & Credits

If you pay the following expenses by December 31, 2013 they will be eligible for the deductions of credits:

Childcare expenses
Deductible support payments
Charitable donations
Union and professional dues
Moving expenses
Political donations
Accounting fees
Medical expenses
Investment counsel fees
Interest paid on loans used to purchase investments
Tuition fees
Children’s Fitness Expenses
Children’s artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental fees

By |December 4th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

Hiring Credit for Small Businesses – Extended to 2013

The 2013 federal budget extended the hiring credit for small business (HCSB), a credit intended to stimulate new employment and support small businesses. The HCSB provides small businesses relief from the employer’s share of employment insurance (EI) premiums paid in 2013. The credit does this by paying up to $1,000 based on increases in an Read More

By |November 8th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

Estate Planning

Estate planners often suggest that the RRSP/RRIF holder designate a beneficiary of the plan. There are many advantages:

Probate fees can be avoided because the funds transfer direct to the beneficiary.
The funds are not exposed to the liabilities of the deceased’s estate.
No elections are required for the “refund of premiums” status.
Premium refunds allow a tax-deferred transfer Read More

By |October 8th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

Stop International Tax Evasion Program

The 2013 Federal Budget 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 excluded.
Persons requesting rewards will Read More

By |October 1st, 2013|Tax Tips|

Should You Incorporate Your Business?

If you own a business, you may have wondered if you should incorporate. Historically the income tax system in Canada has benefited incorporated Canadian small businesses. Although the income and deduction calculations are almost identical to an unincorporated business, the major differences are in the corporate taxation structure and tax planning opportunities. When developing the Read More

By |September 4th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

Do You Have to File a Tax Return?

A tax return must be filed if:

You have to pay income taxes;
You have not repaid all amounts withdrawn from your RRSP under the Home Buyers Plan or the Life Long Learning Plan;
You have to pay CCP because your pensionable income exceeds $3,500;
You received working income tax benefit advance payments;

Other reasons to Read More

By |August 1st, 2013|Tax Tips|

CRA’s Priority

In a recent Federal Court of Appeal case, the Court found that the Crown has priority over secured creditors regarding deductions at source that were withheld but not remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
The property is deemed to be held in Trust. The secured creditor is obligated to remit to the Receiver General the Read More

By |July 7th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

The Canadian Home Office – What Is It?

In general, every business starts out of someone’s home. Even if the business will eventually grow to a multi-million dollar business, it has to start somewhere. The home office is usually one or two rooms in the home that are used for record keeping, storage and meetings. The office typically has a desk, a few Read More

By |April 21st, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

2013 Tax System Indexation

On January 1, 2013, all indexed personal income tax amounts, including tax bracket thresholds and amounts used to calculate non-refundable tax credits, were adjusted by 2.0%. The Canada Child Tax Benefit and the goods and services tax credit will take effect July 1, 2013.

For 2013 the federal tax bracket thresholds are:

22% for taxable income above Read More

By |February 13th, 2013|Tax Tips|

To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate? – That is the Question.

So you are thinking about incorporating your small business in Alberta.  Maybe you have just started the business or maybe it has been around for a while.  If you are like most others, someone that you trust, like Uncle Sid or your sister Jane, has told you that you need to incorporate.  So what do Read More

By |March 25th, 2012|SmallBiz Builder|