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|

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|

2017 Tax System Indexation

On January 1, 2017, all indexed personal income tax amounts, including tax bracket thresholds and amounts used to calculate non-refundable tax credits, were adjusted by 1.4%. The Canada Child Benefit and the goods and services tax credit will take effect July 1, 2017. For 2017 the federal tax bracket thresholds are:

15% for taxable income Read More

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By |February 3rd, 2017|Tax Tips|

Estate Planning

There are several areas that are included in estate planning. Here is a brief list of some of them:

You should have a will that  includes your desires and tax considerations.
You should consider steps to minimize probate fees (or Estate Administration Tax) on your death, if applicable.
You should have enough insurance to meet Read More

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By |January 2nd, 2017|SmallBiz Builder|

Owner – Managed Business – Creditor Proofing

Every business owner should be concerned about creditor proofing his assets. Here are several suggestions to consider:
1. Transfer assets out of the company:

Place capital assets in a separate holding corporation so that subsequent legal claims that arise in the operating company do not affect these assets.
Lease the assets in the holding corporation back Read More

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By |June 8th, 2016|SmallBiz Builder|

7 Simple Methods for Increasing Your Business Productivity

Productivity is something that should be on every small business owner’s Profit & Loss statement.  It can have one of the biggest impacts to your bottom line.  Trying to run a small business and be productive can lead to long hours in which little work gets done. It is not usually laziness that is the Read More

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By |June 8th, 2015|Small Business Tips|

Small Business Success:  Be a Bookkeeping Rock Star

As a small business owner, you may find certain aspects of your job glamorous.  A speaking engagement, recognition by an industry heavyweight, a television appearance, etc.  It’s a pretty safe bet that “bookkeeping” will never make that list.  While it’s not sexy, a commitment to bookkeeping and a reputable bookkeeping service is an essential component Read More

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By |February 17th, 2015|Small Business Tips, SmallBiz Builder|

2014 Tax System Indexation

On January 1, 2014, all indexed personal income tax amounts, including tax bracket thresholds and amounts used to calculate non-refundable tax credits, were adjusted by 0.9%. The Canada Child Tax Benefit and the goods and services tax credit will take effect July 1, 2014.
For 2014 the federal tax bracket thresholds are:

22% for taxable income above Read More

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By |February 6th, 2014|Tax Tips|

$750,000 Capital Gains Ddeduction

You can make use of the lifetime $750,000 capital gains deduction if you dispose of shares  in a qualified small business corporation, a qualified farm property, or a qualified fishing property. If you have already claimed the $100,000 personal capital gain exemption (ended in 1994) then this reduces the available lifetime capital gains to $650,000. Read More

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By |December 9th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|