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Strategy and Process: Giving Good Advice Demands Both

Posted: September 17, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue , tax preparation, Real Wealth Management, CRA, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, Tax Specialist, tax compliance, holistic wealth management, holistic tax planning, financial analysis

Tax specialists add tremendous value over and above the role of a traditional tax preparer. Rather than just calculating and filing the annual return, they offer holistic tax planning advice to reduce a family’s overall tax liability over the long run. They certainly use their knowledge, experience and skills to maximize refundable and non-refundable tax credits in the short term; but their long-term role is deeper and broader.

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.

Graduates in the News: Lilian da Silva

Posted: September 03, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, CRA, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, bookkeeping course, ce credits, tax education, financial education, entrepreneur, online education, Bookkeeping for Small Business, Nancy Folliott, financial statements

Entrepreneur Lilian da Silva of Cambridge, Ontario is a recent graduate of two Knowledge Bureau’s courses, Bookkeeping for Small Business and Advanced Payroll for Small Business. She is so excited about her future, and ready to start her third course for her first diploma. Here’s her story:

Tax Enforcement: Are Subjective Views Helpful?

Posted: August 27, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, capital gains, knowledge bureau, taxing the rich, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, Canadian economy, tax literacy, tax education, CE summits, CRA audits, CRA workers, 1%, top personal income tax rate, corporate tax rates, capital gains taxes, fair taxation, equal taxation, Business Tax Services Specialist

The results of a mid-month survey of CRA tax auditors by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) highlight the challenges of keeping Canada’s tax system fair for all. One of them is the easy headlines that pit one group of taxpayers – generally the “wealthy” - against another. But a deeper read of the survey uncovers relevant and possibly more purposeful insights.

CRA’s File My Return Misses the Mark

Posted: August 27, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, CRA, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, tax filing, fixed income, distinguished financial advisor, tax course, income tax returns, tax deadlines, low income, File My Return, electronic filing, efiling, Netfile

Nearly 90 percent of Canadians filed their tax returns online this year. Despite this, low adoption rates show that some of the CRA’s automated programs are missing the mark - at least so far - and may be failing to improve the rates of taxpayer filing delinquency.