Watts Advisors Accounting & Tax Blog

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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Interest and Penalties 0

May 30, 2012

For those of you who did not manage to file your personal tax return on time, you may be wondering what the consequences are for failing to file the return as well as failing to pay the balance owing on the return.  The consequences come in the form of Interest ...

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Principal Residence Exemption 0

April 13, 2012

Recently I have received a few questions about the tax rules surrounding your principal residence.   The general idea behind the Principal Residence Exemption is that you are not taxed on gains you realize when you sell your residence.  But like many tax guidelines in Canada the rules are more complicated than that to ...

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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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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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Important Dates For 2012 0

February 7, 2012

As we head into to the upcoming “Tax Season” it is important to remember several key dates in 2012 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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