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The Paradise Papers, Pre-Budget Consultations and The Real Tax Gap

Posted: November 07, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, DAC, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, evergreen explanatory notes, distinguished advisor conference, cross border taxation

This week brought more controversial tax news to Canadians: the Paradise Papers and a new tax “consultation”; this time in advance of the 2018 Federal budget.   The elephant in the room in both these stories is the unfinished “consultation” on the massive tax changes proposed for private businesses.

Which Employee Benefits Are Taxable?

Posted: October 31, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, taxation, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax education, financial education, employee benefits, T4, Family Tax Essentials

A couple of weeks ago, the financial news of the day involved a controversy about the taxation of employee benefits.   CRA was enforcing its interpretation of the law in relation to the taxation of the benefit of receiving employee discounts at work. After a political outcry, CRA backed down, leaving several question marks.

Financial Professionals Agree that the Demise of Canada Savings Bond is Appropriate

Posted: October 31, 2017 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Tax Planning, Financial Literacy, Financial Advisor, investments, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, poll results, TFSA, Evelyn Jacks, federal budget, tax courses, retirement savings, tax changes, financial education, Knowledge Bureau poll, financial courses, poll, october poll, november poll, tax-free savings, taxation

Our October Poll delivered surprising results regarding the demise of The Canada Savings Bond. Most financial professionals polled agreed, indicating that TFSAs are a better alternative. However, it’s clear that some Canadians attribute nostalgic value to CSBs.

Disability Tax Credits Change Highlights Audit-Proofing

Posted: October 24, 2017 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.

Capital Gains Deduction Part III: Changing the Rules, Again

Posted: October 24, 2017 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.

Small Business Capital Gains Deduction Part II: Multiplying the Deduction

Posted: October 17, 2017 By: Walter Harder
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, dividends, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, tax education, financial education, entrepreneur, income sprinkling, Capital Gains Deduction, distributing small business income, capital gains deductions

By issuing shares in a small business to family members, it is possible to multiply the capital gains deduction available to the family. A similar strategy allows for the multiplication of the deduction for family farms or fishing operations.