Fall Economic Statement: Low Earners Benefit from Strong Economy

By: Walter Harder Posted in: Strategic Thinking, taxation, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, tax courses, tax changes, financial education, tax reform, entrepreneur, Liberal government, Fall Economic Statement, Finance Department, Canada Child Benefit, Working Income Tax Benefit, 2018 Federal Budget, Moreneau
On October 24, 2017, Finance Canada issued the Fall Economic Statement, which forecasts better-than-expected economic growth, at least in the shorter term.  The resulting increase in tax revenues have blessed the department with new funds for spending priorities; notably to help families with children and the working poor.

Disability Tax Credits Change Highlights Audit-Proofing

By: Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax courses, tax education, tax preparers, tax planners, Disability Tax Credits, audit-proofing, life sustaining therapy credit, diabetes, Revenue Minister
Audit-proofing strategies must be implemented by tax professionals and their diabetic clients receiving disability tax credits in light of the CRA’s new interpretation of the rules.

Decline in EI Beneficiaries Points to a Strong Canadian Economy

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Posted in: Strategic Thinking
The latest numbers from Statistics Canada report a decrease in the number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries, supporting the overall strength of the Canadian economy, reported yesterday by the Finance Minister.

Capital Gains Deduction Part III: Changing the Rules, Again

By: Walter Harder Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Tax Planning, CRA, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Small Business, tax changes, income splitting, tax education, entrepreneur, CE summits, Walter Harder, income sprinkling, capital gains deductions, reasonableness test, taxpayers
The federal government has recently back-tracked on their plan to limit access to the capital gains deduction available to shareholders in a family business corporation, and that’s a very good thing, as the proposals would have cost family businesses a lot of money.

Advisors’ Approach to Retirement Planning – What’s New?

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Posted in: Strategic Thinking, tax preparation, Debt Management, Tax Planning, Financial Advisor, investments, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Evelyn Jacks, retirement planning, inflation, tax education, CE summits, Distinguished Advisor Workshops, financial courses, financial conferences, Canadian pension, retirement trends, mortgage reduction, earn CE credits
The world has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades—and that requires that tax and financial advisors adapt their strategies for pre-retirees. Recognizing the current economic and societal changes drivers, it appears that  debt management, and debt reduction strategies at various life stages, require more attention. This will be a key planning theme at Knowledge Bureau’s upcoming CE Summits.

The Pot Factor:  Authenticity Matters in Insurance Planning

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Posted in: Strategic Thinking, DAC, knowledge bureau, relationship management, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished advisor conference, financial advisors, ce credits, financial conference, Millennials, leadership, value proposition, Kelowna, authentic leadership, future-proof business, insurance advisors, crossroads of change, marijuana legalization, Aisha Alfa, Nancy Kent, Dynacare
The legalization of Marijuana is coming  in time for Canada’s next birthday party, reflecting new government priorities, and unique societal trends.  This indeed will impact the work tax and financial advisors do. Your clients may or may not want to talk to you about this.  Yet, insurance and financial advisors need to understand the financial implications of this major change in Canada.  This year’s Distinguished Advisor Conference will help prepare for the issues you need to discuss in a world filled with disruption — including the legalization of marijuana.