$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|

Use Capital Losses

You can use your 2013 capital losses to reduce your current year’s income taxes by  applying such losses against your 2013 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.
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By |December 6th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

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

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By |December 4th, 2013|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 2013 earned income to a maximum of $23,820. Earned income is Read More

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By |December 2nd, 2013|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

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

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By |November 8th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

“Soft” Loans for Your Children

Parents quite often make loans to their adult children to help them purchase a car, a home, or for other reasons. A loan is different from a gift. The parent can charge interest so that the loan will earn some investment income. The loan can be set up for blended payments of principal and interest Read More

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By |November 1st, 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

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By |October 8th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

Door Prizes at Company Functions

In a 2013 Technical Interpretation, CRA was questioned about door prizes received by all attendees at a company social function.
CRA commented that their tax-free $500 gifts and awards policy would apply to all attendees including the employee, the employee’s spouse, and all other non-arm’s length individuals that received a gift.
It was suggested that gift cards Read More

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By |October 7th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

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

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By |October 1st, 2013|Tax Tips|

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, 2013|Tax Tips|