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Important Dates for 2015 0

May 27, 2015

I am a little late in posting the key dates this year, but better late than never, the following are several key dates in 2015 for both individuals and corporations.   These dates are important, because if these deadlines are missed you may be subject to costly fines and penalties.   Important Dates:   January ...

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Important Dates and Deadlines for 2014 0

January 10, 2014

As we head into to the upcoming “Tax Season” it is important to remember several key dates in 2014 for both individuals and corporations.   These dates are important, because if these deadlines are missed you may be subject to costly fines and penalties.   Important Dates:  January 15 – Remittance date for fourth ...

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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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CRA raises prescribed interest rates – 4th quarter 2013 0

December 2, 2013

For the first time since the 2nd quarter of 2009 the CRA has increased the prescribed interest rates that it charges on overdue balances and pays out on overpaid remittances.  These prescribes rates are determined on a quarterly basis and based upon a simple average of three month T-bills. The new ...

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Important Dates for 2013 0

February 6, 2013

As we head into to the upcoming “Tax Season” it is important to remember several key dates in 2013 for both individuals and corporations.   These dates are important, because if these deadlines are missed you may be subject to costly fines and penalties.  Important Dates:  January 15 – Remittance date for fourth ...

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Starting a New Business 0

June 14, 2012

Starting a new business can be an overwhelming process; there are so many considerations which makes it easy to overlook something.  Not only is it important to not overlook anything, it is important to do things in the correct order.  In my time assisting clients go through this process I ...

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Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption 0

April 20, 2012

The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption is one of the biggest tax breaks or incentives offered by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), most people are not aware of it and it is seldom used.  This tax break offers Canadians an exemption to paying tax on capital gains of up to$750,000 (was ...

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Shareholder Loans 0

March 1, 2012

One area of confusion that some clients can have is why there are strict rules about borrowing money from the company that they own.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has developed a set of rules strictly regulating how an individual can borrow money from a company that they own. Why? These rules ...

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RRSP’s – An Overview 0

February 15, 2012

With two weeks left until the 2011 RRSP contribution deadline on February 29, 2012 it seemed like a good time to blog about some common client questions I receive on the subject,  “Why should I contribute to an RRSP?”, “What are the benefits of contributing to my RRSP?” or, “Should ...

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