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Economic Consequences When the “Rich” Pay More Tax

Posted: October 02, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Tax, Canadian economy, tax reform, 1%, high networth, CD Howe, government, top tax bracket, high earnings, tax revenue

A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute answers the common question: should the rich pay more tax? While recent tax rate changes brought in $1.2 Billion federally (far less than the $3 Billion anticipated) the data points to several negative impacts, with consequences to all taxpayers, when the rates applied to Canada’s top income earners go up.

The Impact to Canada’s Economy if NAFTA Fails

Posted: September 24, 2018 By : Beth Graddon & Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, DAC, GDP, Bank of canada, distinguished advisor conference, Canadian economy, interest rate, inflation, financial education, Trudeau, employment rate, Trump, NAFTA, trade agreement, tariffs, job creation, U.S import, U.S. export, manufacturing industry, dairy industry, free trade, United Nations

The NAFTA stalemate is important. Should Canada fail to forge a favourable deal that addresses these issues, the nation’s slow economic growth is likely to face further decline, and Canadians are going to feel the pinch on their pocket books and may, in fact, lose jobs. So what’s holding back a new NAFTA deal? How can you help investors in the meantime?

U.S. Tax Reforms: More Damaging Than NAFTA Failure?

Posted: September 17, 2018 By : Beth Graddon
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , DAC, distinguished advisor conference, Cross Border Tax, Canadian economy, snowbirds, finance canada, tax reform, Morneau, business tax, Dean Smith, Canada's competitiveness, Canadians abroad, U.S. tax reform, Jack Mintz, capital deductions, U.S. economy, working in the U.S.

Data from a recent PwC study shows that the economic repercussions of Canada’s increasing lack of competitiveness due to U.S. tax reforms, could be ten times greater than the fallout from a NAFTA termination. If you work with business owner clients, expect to be asked about the granular details of the incentives.

A Workforce of Freelancers: Almost Half by 2020

Posted: September 17, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , President - Knowledge Bureau, self-employed, Evelyn Jacks, proprietorship taxes, Canadian economy, entrepreneur, proprietorship, gig economy, freelance, moonlighting, business leader, tax for self employed, tax prearation, Canadian workforce

Traditionally, 85 percent of Canada’s workforce has consisted of the employed. But that’s about to change: 45 percent of Canada’s workforce will be “on demand” or “freelancing” by 2020 *. This is a continuation of an upward trend that started with the financial crisis of 2008. This also means an increasing number of Canadians need to revisit what kind of tax and financial planning they should be doing.

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.

Consumer Woes: New Surtax hits Cross-Border Shoppers, While Interest Rates Rise

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, 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, cross-border shopping, duties and taxes, US exemption limits, surtax, tariffs, Canadian economyu

Canadians spend anywhere from $4.7 to $8 Billion on cross-border shopping and if you spent the July long weekend looking for bargains in the U.S. you may have had an unpleasant surprise:  despite the loonie holding some ground against US currency, a new 10% surtax on certain consumer goods came into effective July 1, when if you exceeded your exemption limit.