2017 Automobile Deduction Limits and Expense Benefit Rates for Business

The ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles for capital cost allowance (CCA) purposes remains at $30,000 (plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes) for purchases after 2002. This ceiling restricts the cost of a vehicle on which CCA may be claimed for business purposes.

The limit on deductible leasing costs remains at $800 per Read More

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By |February 3rd, 2017|Small Business Tips, SmallBiz Builder, 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|

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 |April 4th, 2016|SmallBiz Builder|

2015 Automobile Deduction Limits for Business

The ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles for capital cost allowance (CCA) purposes remains at $30,000(plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes) for purchases after 2002. This ceiling restricts the cost of a vehicle on which CCA may be claimed for business purposes.

The limit on deductible leasing costs remains at $800 per month(plus Read More

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By |February 6th, 2015|Small Business Tips, SmallBiz Builder, Tax Tips|

Filing Your Annual Returns

Every corporation incorporated under the Alberta Business Corporations Act, Small businesses to large corporations, are required to file an Annual Return to maintain their status as a legal entity.

NOTE: This is not to be confused with the Corporate Tax Return.

Annual Returns

Corporations must submit an Annual Return each year
The Annual Return contains information about Read More

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By |October 14th, 2014|SmallBiz Builder|

New penalties for businesses that use illegal electronic sales suppression software

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is aware that electronic sales suppression (ESS) software is being marketed and sold to Canadian businesses. As part of its efforts to combat the underground economy, it has introduced new measures to address this problem.

ESS software (commonly known as zapper software) is illegal. Designed to work with point‑of‑sale systems and Read More

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By |June 6th, 2014|Tax Tips|

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|

Remitting GST/HST on Taxable Benefits

Did you know that GST/HST must be remitted on a taxable benefit unless the benefit is tax exempt or zero-rated, for example the benefit on low-interest loans? An example of a tax benefit that is not exempt includes the automobile standby charge and operating expense benefit. GST/HST must be remitted on shareholder benefits if they Read More

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By |January 3rd, 2014|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|