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You have not repaid all amounts withdrawn from your RRSP under the Home Buyers Plan or the Life Long Learning Plan;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|

Maintaining Automobile Expenses

One of the more common expenses claimed by taxpayers are automobile expenses (applies to any motor vehicle such as a van, bus, pickup truck, station wagon, SUV, or other truck). Many individuals use their automobile for work or business and incur personal expenses in doing so. It is important to note that only expenses of Read More

By |April 9th, 2013|SmallBiz Builder|

RESP Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is part of the Canadian RESP program. Actually the CLB is a grant. The big difference between this grant and the regular RESP grants is that no contribution is required. Once you qualify, you apply, and you can receive up to $2,000 deposited in your RESP account per child. The Read More

By |March 29th, 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|

Canadian Retail Inventory – The Cost of Goods Sold Challenge

This is the story of Backstop Bob. Backstop Bob owns and operates Backstop Bob’s Baseball Emporium. Backstop Bob sells baseball bats. He thinks that he has been very successful.

Every month, Bob reviews his financial statements with his accountant. Each month, he is told that he is making money. At the end of the year, he Read More

By |March 11th, 2012|SmallBiz Builder|