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Take Up Rate for Canada’s Federal Benefits is Extremely Low

Posted: November 12, 2018
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue , CRA, Canada Revenue Agency, tax deductions, Diane Lebouthillier, Federal Benefits, Childcare benefit, Chief Service Officer, DFA - Tax Services Specialist, Income Tax Courses

New data shows just how many Canadians lack access to federal benefits they’re eligible to receive. This was a topic of discussion with Pierre Labbee, an outreach manager for the Canada Education Savings Program at the recent Distinguished Advisor Conference. But now an annual benefit review of the Canada Child Benefit reveals that this benefit in particular is underused, despite it being accessible to millions, and one of the reasons is a difficult relationship with the CRA.

Gender Equality and Tax Rules Outlined Ahead of Fall Economic Statement

Posted: October 30, 2018 By : Walter Harder & Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, Canada Revenue Agency, gender equality, Canadian economy, finance canada, tax news, Morneau, Fall Economic Statement, budget 2018, Canada Workers benefit, Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit, Climate Action Incentive Payment, carbon tax

Finance Canada will release its Fall Economic Statement on November 21, about a month later than it was last year. In the meantime, it released two important documents on October 25 and 29: A Notice of Ways and Means Motion and Bill C-86: the second Budget Implementation Act which together enable remaining initiatives outlined in the February 27, 2018 Federal Budget.

Tax Filing Delinquency: 8 Reasons to Catch Up Before Year-End

Posted: October 30, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, CRA, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, Essential Tax Facts, tax evasion, tax penalties, overdue taxes, tax deliquency, late tax filing, overdue tax returns

It pays to file outstanding tax returns before year end, not only to recover refunds that CRA may still owe you, but also to avoid paying penalties and interest that would be charged for gross negligence or in some cases, tax evasion. But also, when you don’t file on time, you miss out on important tax planning opportunities that may end for you on December 31. Here are 8 important reasons to review your return before year-end.

Business Owners, Is the CRA Serving You Better?

Posted: October 16, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, Canada Revenue Agency, corporate tax, Small Business, taxpayer bill of rights, entrepreneur, CE summits, income sprinkling, CRA service standards, proprietor, Stefanie Keller, year-end, small business consultation, Chamber of Commerce

As year-end approaches, financial professionals continue to give mixed reviews on whether or not Canada’s tax system is improving – particularly for the business community. To address these concerns, the CRA has announced a new initiative called Serving You Better, and is requesting consultation from financial professionals and owners of small and medium-sized businesses.

Strategy and Process: Giving Good Advice Demands Both

Posted: September 17, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , 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.