Watts Advisors Accounting & Tax Blog

Increase in Effective Tax Rate for Non-Eligible Dividends 0

December 4, 2013

Starting in 2014 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has changed the way that non-eligible dividends are taxed.  This change will effectively increase the tax rate for non-eligible dividends.  This will cause business owners to re-evaluate the way in which they draw income from their business (dividends vs. Salary).  Let’s look ...

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Deductible Employment Expenses 0

March 27, 2012

There are a few instances where you are able to deduct expenses against employment income.  The content of this blog will just cover the most common expenses of standard employment arrangements.  There are specialized rules for commission employees and other unique circumstances as well as more specialized expenses that will ...

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CRA Giving Out 20% Penalty for Missing Information 0

March 20, 2012

Most people aren’t aware of one of the harshest penalties that the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) gives out.  This penalty doesn’t necessarily relate to fraud or tax evasion, but can occur if someone is simply forgetful or unorganized. Over the last couple of years the CRA has started charging a 20% ...

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Personal Tax Return Checklist 0

March 6, 2012

Below is a checklist that I have put together to help my clients organize and compile the information needed to complete their personal tax return. Slips All information Slips (T4, T3, T5, T4E, T4A, T4AP, T4RSP, T4RIF, T5013) Old Age Security and CPP benefits Other Pensions and Annuities Employment insurance benefits Social assistance payments Workers compensation Benefits RRSP ...

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Employee vs. Contractor 0

February 10, 2012

Employment Income vs. Business Income One question that I often get from clients is related to whether individuals are considered employed or self-employed.  This determination has a significant impact on taxable income, the ability to deduct certain expenses, and the requirement to make payroll remittances such as CPP and EI. Regardless ...

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