Buy Canadian: But at What Cost?

By : Knowledge Bureau staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Canadian economy, financial education, online courses, budgeting, US tax, NAFTA, Canada's competitiveness, trade agreement, buy Canadian, Canadian-made food, "Trump-free", Canadian dollar, Canadian agriculture, grocery budget
It could be a “Buy-Canadian” summer as trade tensions escalating between Canada and U.S. are starting a movement towards economic nationalism throughout Canada. But that comes at a cost - can you afford to spend more? Canadians currently have over $2 Trillion in debt, according to the Bank of Canada, and increased spending could dig a deeper hole.

CRA Improves Services Standards: Their New Three-Point Plan

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, tax preparation, Financial Literacy, CRA, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, income tax estimator, Essential Tax Facts, federal budget, tax courses, distinguished financial advisor, CRA service standards, filing tax returns, CRA phone support, Auditor General, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency received extensive criticism for failing to meet basic service standards. But things have recently improved at the CRA; 74 percent of calls are being answered by an agent or auto assistant, compared to the mere 37 percent in 2015, which prompted this fall’s Auditor General Report. The CRA now intends to ensure things get even better, and responded to the criticisms on June 12, 2018 with a three-point action plan.

Considering Buying a Business? Guidelines for Navigating Employee Rights

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, self-employed, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, leadership courses, Executive Business Builder Program, business builders, business law, Philippe Richer, buying a business, emplpoyee rights, terminating employees, leadership decisions, online law courses
Our June poll asks readers whether or not they believe the self-employment route pays off in the long run, or whether having the financial security provided by an employer paycheque is smarter. Be sure to weigh in with your views, but in the meantime, Knowledge Bureau author Philippe Richer provides food for thought for those considering leaving the 9-to-5 behind for self-employment.

House Flipping: What are the Tax Consequences?

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, housing market, Investing, real estate, distinguished financial advisor, financial education, house flipping, property investment interest rates, tax on investment propertieis, tax on capital gains
Increasing interest rates have sparked a warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that approaching headwinds could affect housing values; potentially good news for Canadians looking to enter the housing market. But there is also tax risk for investors intending to purchase and flip real estate, and a good opportunity for tax and financial advisors to provide valuable counsel.

U.S. Repatriation Tax Is Hitting Canadians Hard: Are Your Clients Affected?

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Venture Capital, Financial Literacy, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished advisor conference, tax courses, Canadian economy, tax education, Canadian business, CE summits, US tax, Trump, IRS, cross-border tax, US tax reform, self-study, repatriation tax, Canadians in the US, Canadians abroad, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, shareholders in foreighn corporations, Cross boarder Taxation course
Donald Trump’s U.S. tax reforms are having a significant spillover effect north of the border, as many individuals with private businesses in Canada are facing an enormous tax bills in the U.S. If your client base includes any corporation in which a U.S. shareholder controls at least 10 percent of the voting rights or value, you need to know the details of this punitive measure.

CRA to Send Instalment Payment Notices in August: Your Tax Remittance Options

By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, CRA, self-employed, Canada Revenue Agency, tax services specialist, Small Business, tax courses, tax calculators, tax education, proprietor, installment payments, quarterly tax installments, calculating installment tax, tax deadlines in Canada, installment notification
You’re not in the clear yet! In August, the CRA will be notifying individuals who will be required to remit an instalment payment by the September 15 and December 15 deadlines. Even if you weren’t required to make an instalment payment on June 15 or earlier this year, you might still be subject to paying in instalments. This means that now is the time to review whether you need to save throughout the summer for yourself or for the taxman!