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Non-Residents in the Family: What’s the CRA’s Take?

Posted: July 17, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
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Summertime is family time; but it is also the time of year when people prepare for big life changes taking place in the fall. Young adults make plans to work abroad, travel or go to school and empty-nesters journey to warmer climates. However, non-residency comes with tax consequences, so a visit to a tax advisor should be part of your travel preparation.

Value-Based Education Matters to Advisors: Invest in Summer Training

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Real Wealth Management, education, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, tax courses, ce credits, master financial advisor, financial services, entrepreneur, financial advice, leadership, business owners, leadership retreat, leadership course, training, credentials, CPA, Bank Report Card, holistic wealth planning, wealth management strategies

According to this year’s Report Card on Banks from Investment Executive, tax and financial advisors place significant value on professional education, and have increased job satisfaction when ongoing educational opportunities are provided to them by their employers. This comes as no surprise at a time when it’s becoming more important than ever to transition from transactional processes, to holistic advice- and relationship-driven practices.

Solving the Unethical Advisor Dilemma: Higher Standards for Education Credentials Needed

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Distinguished Practices , education, Financial Advisor, compliance, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Canadian Securities Administrators, tax courses, tax education, poll, CSA, Know Your Client, regulation, KYC, Know Your Product, KYP, education credentials, credentials for financial advisors, Rel Wealth Management, Distinguished advisor Conference Business Builder Retreat

The debate is on for our July poll, with respondents split down the middle on whether or not more regulation is required to protect consumers from unethical tax and financial advisors. Many commenters agree that unscrupulous practices are an issue, but what’s the answer? Some believe the solution lies in higher educational standards. Share your thoughts!

Despite Obstacles, Canada’s Growing Labour Force Points to Strong Economy

Posted: July 10, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, self-employed, knowledge bureau, interest rates, Bank of canada, Evelyn Jacks, tax courses, distinguished financial advisor, Canadian economy, financial education, entrepreneur, Executive Business Builder Program, Business Builder Retreat, labour force, job market, unemployment rate, stephen Polaz, debt and cash flow, business owner

Despite all the doom and gloom reported lately, Canada’s economy is actually growing. All signs point to an increase in Bank of Canada rates later today, as a new Labour Force Study from Statistics Canada indicates that for the month of June, the country’s labour force increased with the creation of 31,800 new jobs. The report also cites increasing self-employment levels.

Tax Literacy: Helping Canadian Newcomers Settle In

Posted: July 10, 2018 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , tax preparation, Financial Literacy, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, income tax estimator, tax filing, tax courses, non-refundable tax credits, distinguished financial advisor, financial education, immigration, Canada immigration, newcomers to canada, Canadian residence, residence period, tax credits for immigrants, Canadian emigration, expenses and deductions

Did you know that 1,212,075 new immigrants permanently settled in Canada from 2011 to 2016, representing 3.5 percent of Canada’s total population in 2016? Tax and financial advisors have a great opportunity to help with the financial affairs of these families, especially because the tax rules are somewhat different for these residents.

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.