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|

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|

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|

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|