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Thought Leadership from an Olympian: Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Posted: August 21, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , DAC, Financial Advisor, knowledge bureau, gender equality, relationship management, Evelyn Jacks, distinguished advisor conference, Liberal government, Morneau, immigration, Federal Budget 2018, diversity, holistic wealth management, inclusion, female entrepreneurs, DAC speakers, DAC 2018, Caroline Ouellette

Addressing workplace diversity and inclusion is a core approach for achieving the higher standards of care demanded of today’s tax consultants and financial advisors. But what does it take to rise above our “Canadian Privilege” to achieve better results for a changing demographic landscape in your advisory practice?

CRA Improves Services Standards: Their New Three-Point Plan

Posted: June 26, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, CRA, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, income tax estimator, Essential Tax Facts, federal budget, tax courses, distinguished financial advisor, CRA service standards, filing tax returns, CRA phone support, Auditor General, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency received extensive criticism for failing to meet basic service standards. But things have recently improved at the CRA; 74 percent of calls are being answered by an agent or auto assistant, compared to the mere 37 percent in 2015, which prompted this fall’s Auditor General Report. The CRA now intends to ensure things get even better, and responded to the criticisms on June 12, 2018 with a three-point action plan.

The Middle Class Is Shrinking: Your Expert Advice Is Needed

Posted: May 22, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Writing Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , knowledge bureau, gender equality, Evelyn Jacks, federal budget, ce credits, financial education, Morneau, Canada Child Benefit, financial workshops, middle class, Dean Smith, C. Russell Vert, Canada Workers benefit, diversity, poverty

One major goal of the 2018 federal budget was to strengthen the middle class which keeps shrinking in Canada. There is meaningful opportunity for tax and financial advisors to do the work necessary to help their middle clients and improve Canada’s economic future in the process.

Guaranteed Basic Income in Canada: Taxpayers Beware

Posted: May 01, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, federal budget, financial education, CE summits, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canadian taxpayer, Guaranteed Basic Income, Ontario Guaranteed Income, income support programs

A nationwide initiative that would provide Canadians with a base guaranteed income is under consideration. It’s a move with polarizing opinions, with many citing an increased burden upon taxpayers to fund the program.

Poll Results: Most Disagree with Universal Childcare Funding

Posted: May 01, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Writing Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, CRA, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, federal budget, tax filing deadlines, financial education, child tax benefits, universal childcare funding, government funded programs

By a wide margin, Knowledge Bureau poll respondents disagreed with the concept of free childcare for all, as 72 percent voted “no” to the question: Do you agree that licensed day care centres should be fully government funded for children aged 2½ until they are eligible for kindergarten?

Tax Season 2018: Your Advice Starts Here and Now

Posted: May 01, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, tax filing, financial education, tax preparers, CRA audits, Knowledge Journal, Dean Smith, tax audits, Federal Budget 2018, CRA service, audit-proof returns, Canadian taxpayer, T1 returns, financial skill development, CE credits for advisors, tax updates

Tax and financial advisors are in agreement—the Canada Revenue Agency’s audit practices are more aggressive than ever. Now that the deadline has passed for filing 2017 personal income tax, it’s already time to prepare your clients for success in the 2018 tax season. Knowledge Bureau offers the education and support you need to mitigate the tax-audit risks that could cost you and your clients, and maximize their benefits and deductions.