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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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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Incorporation vs. Proprietorship 0

July 4, 2012

One of the biggest considerations for small businesses is whether to incorporate or to operate as a proprietorship. What’s the difference? The main difference between corporations and proprietorships is that corporations become their own legal entity while proprietorships are operated under the name of the proprietor. From a tax perspective a corporation ...

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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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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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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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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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