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Tax and the Bitcoin: Real Money Owing to CRA

Posted: January 09, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, CRA, dividends, investments, trading, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, tax courses, bitcoin, tax education, financial education, Real Wealth Manager, interest, capital gains tax, taxation issues, Bitcoin value, Bitcoin trading, tax on digital currency, gold, PayPal tax

“Bitcoin Rush” is all over the news as speculators have tried to get in on the trend which saw skyrocketing values at the end of 2017. But there is a spoiler: gains on trading digital currencies like Bitcoins are subject to taxation in Canada, a liability that must be settled in real dollars.

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.

CRA Offside with Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights

Posted: November 28, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax, tax penalties, tax filing, tax courses, financial education, errors and omissions, taxpayer, CRA call centre, Auditor General Report, CRA service standards, tax interest, Tax Payer Bill of Rights, tax return

An Auditor General report released last week indicates that the CRA is blocking calls and providing Canadians with inaccurate information, leaving many at risk of severe and expensive consequences in filing their tax returns.  This is especially troublesome as Canadian taxpayers bear the burden of proof to justify the entries they submit on their tax returns.

CRA Targets Business PayPal Accounts

Posted: November 21, 2017 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Succession Real Wealth Management, Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, voluntary disclosure program, tax debt, tax courses, debt and cash flow management, Marcia Elaschuk, financial courses, CRA debt, PayPal, online business transactions, CRA interest, CRA penalties, income tax filing, business tax, T2 Tax Preparation for Small Businesses

Do you or your clients use PayPal for business transactions? Did you report them on your tax return?  If not, you’ll want to correct those errors or omissions quickly under the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP), because you are in the sights of the CRA.  A federal court ordered PayPal to disclose information about all business account holders who received or sent a payment between January 1, 2014, and November 10, 2017.

How Should You Manage CRA Tax Debt?

Posted: November 21, 2017 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Debt Management, Financial Literacy, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, voluntary disclosure program, tax debt, tax courses, debt and cash flow management, wealth management, Marcia Elaschuk, financial courses, CRA debt, PayPal, online business transactions, CRA interest, CRA penalties, income tax filing, business tax, T2 Tax Preparation for Small Businesses

If you owe money to the CRA, but you can’t pay, what is the best course of action? For example, if you or your clients use Paypal for business and were not previously reporting this income on your tax returns, the new CRA requirements may leave you in a position where you have to pay taxes you weren’t anticipating.

Advisors’ Approach to Retirement Planning – What’s New?

Posted: October 24, 2017 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Debt Management, Tax Planning, Financial Advisor, investments, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Evelyn Jacks, retirement planning, inflation, tax education, CE summits, Distinguished Advisor Workshops, financial courses, financial conferences, Canadian pension, retirement trends, mortgage reduction, earn CE credits

The world has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades—and that requires that tax and financial advisors adapt their strategies for pre-retirees. Recognizing the current economic and societal changes drivers, it appears that  debt management, and debt reduction strategies at various life stages, require more attention. This will be a key planning theme at Knowledge Bureau’s upcoming CE Summits.