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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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What is a RRIF and How Does it Work? 0

July 17, 2014

A Registered Retirement income fund (commonly referred to as a RRIF) is an income fund created upon a transfer funds from an individual’s  Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), this fund has required annual withdrawals that are designed to use the equity built up in an individual’s RRSP’s to provide a ...

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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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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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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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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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