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Cash Flow Crunch: Managing the September 15 Tax Instalment

Posted: September 10, 2018 By : Walter Harder & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, CRA, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax penalties, tax instalments, tax literacy, tax education, prescribed interest rates, Walter Harder, unpaid taxes, tax payment, taxes due
The September 15 instalment deadline is looming. Many dread yet another payment to the CRA; after all, it seems like only yesterday that personal and business taxes due over the spring and summer were paid! Now is the time for tax and financial professionals to contact clients, estimate taxes owing for 2018, and navigate through taxing times if there is a cash flow crunch.

Canada Caregiver Credit: The Missing Tax Link

Posted: September 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, CRA, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, tax deductions, tax education, Canada Caregiver Credit, medical claims, senior caregiver, Family Caregiver Credit, Credit for Infirm Dependants, Compassionate Care Benefits, tax breaks
The Canada Caregiver Credit (CCC), new in 2017, is still poorly understood and a complicated tax break to explain. For these reasons, many Canadians have missed claiming it. Tax and financial advisors who really want to help families under medical stress can make a big financial difference will add it to their year-end review and adjust 2017 tax returns for missed claims.

An Advisor’s Duty: Protecting Seniors and Supporting Caregivers

Posted: September 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, elder abuse, long-term care, Evelyn Jacks, Family Caregiver Amount, retirement planning, distinguished advisor conference, tax planning for financial advisors, family caregiver, tax advisors, DAC speakers, senior care, health care, advocacy
Resources for family caregivers in Canada are improving— a necessity, considering three in ten people over the age of fifteen have taken on the responsibility of caring for a family member, according to a 2012 Statistics Canada report.* However, the Employment Insurance Family Caregiver Benefit and the Canada Caregiver Credit continue to be underutilized and poorly understood.

Graduates in the News: Ian Wood, MFA, RWM

Posted: September 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Financial Literacy, Evelyn Jacks, ce credits, master financial advisor, Real Wealth Manager, CE summits, online courses, online education, testimonial, Graduates in the news, Knowledge Bureau graduate, Nancy Folliott, Ian Wood
Ian Wood, Assistant Vice President, Business Development, at Cardinal Capital Management, Winnipeg, is a graduate of Knowledge Bureau’s Master Financial Advisor (MFA™) and Real Wealth Manager (RWM™) programs. He says that his Knowledge Bureau education has helped him differentiate himself from his competitors, by providing him with a more detailed understanding of tax and financial planning topics. Here’s his story.

New Mortgage Options for the Self-Employed

Posted: September 10, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Debt Management, Financial Literacy, self-employed, Evelyn Jacks, mortgage, entrepreneur, mortgage down payment, mortgage lenders, proprietor, qualifying for a mortgage, self-employed mortgage, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, CMHC, applying for a mortgage, Proof of Income Statement
Single, self-employed Canadians have struggled with mortgage lending requirements for many years. But that’s all about to get easier starting on October 1, as new guidelines will improve borrowing eligibility of current or aspiring proprietors.

Train for Work in the New Economy: Tax Advice vs Tax Preparation

Posted: September 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, tax preparation, Real Wealth Management, Financial Literacy, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, tax filing, tax advisor, financial education, CE summits, financial advice, robo-advisors, Know Your Client, client-centric strategies, holistic financial planning, tax specialists
What is the difference between a tax preparer or practitioner and a tax specialist? In a word: advice. The tax preparation industry is in the midst of an enormous transformation, and new entrants must educate toward that change. But, why is that and what does that really mean?