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

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
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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.

Buy Canadian: But at What Cost?

Posted: June 26, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Canadian economy, 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

It could be a “Buy-Canadian” summer as trade tensions escalating between Canada and U.S. are starting a movement towards economic nationalism throughout Canada. But that comes at a cost - can you afford to spend more? Canadians currently have over $2 Trillion in debt, according to the Bank of Canada, and increased spending could dig a deeper hole.

It’s Your Lucky Day: A Special St. Patrick’s Day Offer Just for You

Posted: March 13, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks By :
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You don’t have to be Irish to experience some luck this St. Patrick’s Day. Take advantage of our “Luck of the Irish” Special, available now until March 31st 2018.

Debt Management Series: Purchasing vs. Leasing Vehicles

Posted: December 13, 2017 By : Marcia Elaschuk, DFA-Specialist™
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Evelyn Jacks, tax courses, wealth management, financial education, asset management, Marcia Elaschuk, budgeting, debt sources, debt planning, buying a car, leasing a car, car loan, financing a car purchase, financing options, credit report

In the market for a new car before year end?  Take the time to visit your tax advisor first.  He or she can take the time before the holidays to help you consider your after-tax options and evaluate the best approach to acquiring this asset; as debt management is likely part of the equation.

Final Tax Instalment for 2017:  Help Clients Budget for Savings and Holidays

Posted: October 31, 2017 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Tax Planning, Financial Planning, CRA, taxation, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, financial advisors, Canadian taxation, tax education, financial education, tax preparers, CE summits, financial planners, tax deadlines, tax instalment 2018, budgeting

Do you need more cash flow before Christmas?  It’s a great question for tax and financial advisors to ask their clients who are pensioners, divorces or proprietors.  That’s because the final quarterly tax instalment of the year is coming up soon – December 15 – and with proper planning, it might be avoided.