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New Gift Planning Designation for Advisors

By : Knowledge Bureau Writers Posted in: Breaking News, Practice Management, Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, Strategic Philanthropy, charitable giving, charitable donations, Donations Savings Calculator, tax deductions, financial education, philanthropy, donations, The Canadian Association of Gift Planners, CAGP, Spire Philanthropy
The Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Knowledge Bureau and Spire Philanthropy are pleased to announce their collaboration to introduce a new professional designation for the financial services sector. The MFA™ Strategic Philanthropic Services Specialist designation will denote specialized professional credentials to develop plans for individuals and families interested in strategic philanthropy.

Newcomers Need Advice: Can You Explain Our Complex Tax System?

By: Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, taxation, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, tax reform, personal income tax, immigration, canadian newcomers, working abroad, newcomers to canada, immigrants, returning residents, Canadians returning, living aborad, Social Insurance Number, Canada's tax system, tax guidelines
Our nation’s system is complex even to tax-educated Canadians. Imagine how mind-boggling this must be for newcomers (immigrants and refugees) and returning residents to Canada. There’s opportunity for advisors to work with this vast niche market and become a trusted educator and advocate for these families.

U.S. Tax Reforms: More Damaging Than NAFTA Failure?

By : Beth Graddon Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, DAC, distinguished advisor conference, Cross Border Tax, Canadian economy, snowbirds, finance canada, tax reform, Morneau, business tax, Dean Smith, Canada's competitiveness, Canadians abroad, U.S. tax reform, Jack Mintz, capital deductions, U.S. economy, working in the U.S.
Data from a recent PwC study shows that the economic repercussions of Canada’s increasing lack of competitiveness due to U.S. tax reforms, could be ten times greater than the fallout from a NAFTA termination. If you work with business owner clients, expect to be asked about the granular details of the incentives.

Communications Strategies: Transparency vs Reputational Risk

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, Communications, DAC, knowledge bureau, relationship management, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished advisor conference, client perspective, communications and marketing, communications strategies, reputational risk, Christina Fazio, Hometrust
Reputation matters, as the recent nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has experienced just this week. It matters to your business, too. According to a report by Deloitte*, it accounts for 25 percent of any business’ market value. With such significant value placed on reputation, it’s not surprising that this is the number one strategic concern of business executives.

Graduates in the News - Connie Zhu, DFA – Bookkeeping Services Specialist™

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, tax preparation, Financial Literacy, bookkeeping course, distinguished financial advisor, financial education, DFA, bookkeeping services specialist, Graduates in the news, Nancy Folliott, Knowledge Bureau graduates, Connie Zhu
"When it comes to education, we are all looking for something different. Knowledge Bureau offers that variety”, states Connie Zhu, of Richmond, BC.

A Workforce of Freelancers: Almost Half by 2020

By: Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue, President - Knowledge Bureau, self-employed, Evelyn Jacks, proprietorship taxes, Canadian economy, entrepreneur, proprietorship, gig economy, freelance, moonlighting, business leader, tax for self employed, tax prearation, Canadian workforce
Traditionally, 85 percent of Canada’s workforce has consisted of the employed. But that’s about to change: 45 percent of Canada’s workforce will be “on demand” or “freelancing” by 2020 *. This is a continuation of an upward trend that started with the financial crisis of 2008. This also means an increasing number of Canadians need to revisit what kind of tax and financial planning they should be doing.