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Which Employee Benefits Are Taxable?

Posted: October 31, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , CRA, taxation, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax education, financial education, employee benefits, T4, Family Tax Essentials

A couple of weeks ago, the financial news of the day involved a controversy about the taxation of employee benefits.   CRA was enforcing its interpretation of the law in relation to the taxation of the benefit of receiving employee discounts at work. After a political outcry, CRA backed down, leaving several question marks.

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.

Disability Tax Credits Change Highlights Audit-Proofing

Posted: October 24, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Financial Literacy, tax credits, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Evelyn Jacks, tax courses, tax education, tax preparers, tax planners, Disability Tax Credits, audit-proofing, life sustaining therapy credit, diabetes, Revenue Minister

Audit-proofing strategies must be implemented by tax professionals and their diabetic clients receiving disability tax credits in light of the CRA’s new interpretation of the rules.

Capital Gains Deduction Part III: Changing the Rules, Again

Posted: October 24, 2017 By: Walter Harder
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , Tax Planning, CRA, knowledge bureau, Canada Revenue Agency, Small Business, tax changes, income splitting, tax education, entrepreneur, CE summits, Walter Harder, income sprinkling, capital gains deductions, reasonableness test, taxpayers

The federal government has recently back-tracked on their plan to limit access to the capital gains deduction available to shareholders in a family business corporation, and that’s a very good thing, as the proposals would have cost family businesses a lot of money.

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.

Addressing Unfair Tax Changes, Morneau Makes a Second Attempt at Tax Reform

Posted: October 17, 2017 By: Evelyn Jacks
Posted in: Strategic Thinking , knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Small Business, Canadian economy, finance minister, income splitting, tax education, financial education, tax reform, entrepreneur, CE summits, Liberal government, Morneau, income sprinkling, unfair tax changes, Distinguished Advisor Workshops, Trudeau, reasonableness test, private corporation taxation, family businesses, small business tax rate

The Finance Department backtracked on a few of their controversial tax reforms for private corporations this week, adding a tax cut of $2.9 Billion over the next five years to douse the flames of discontent. However, family businesses will continue to face tax risk and uncertainty due to a “reasonableness” test – albeit a simplified one – that will limit income sprinkling to contributors of labor, risk or capital in the business.