Knowledge Bureau Report


Knowledge Bureau Report

We Report, We Teach, We Tweet.

Knowledge Bureau is your leading financial education network. We cover the most current issues in the tax and financial services landscape, interpret them and bring the highlights right to you. You’ll learn about taxes, investing, retirement, estate and business planning.

Stay in the know with the Knowledge Bureau Network. Get breaking news by email, use practical tools for answers, read influential blogs, take quizzes, watch short financial lessons, learn professional skills online, at regional workshops and conferences.

IT’S OFFICIAL!  Tax Season Has Begun

By : Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Tax season is officially underway and those expecting a refund are understandably anxious to file early and put that money the government has been holding onto – which averages $1,850 – to good use. But information from CRA about filing accurately has been released very late and there is a lot to know... including new information about electronic signatures which was only out yesterday.

Paying Taxes on an EFILED Return

By : Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
There is no doubt about it:  the tax filing deadline this year (at least per the government so far) will be Friday, April 30, 2021.  That’s important because we expect more people to have to pay due to the receipt of pandemic relief payments like CERB.  For many people who usually receive a refund, paying electronically may be a new and unfamiliar process, and professionals need to take the time to explain the options.

Expect Fast Refunds, But Not ‘Til March.

By : Evelyn Jacks Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Over the years, CRA’s EFILE service has significantly evolved.   But even if you were first in line to file this week, refunds won’t arrive until March. There is a lot of money at stake: last year close to 20 million filers waited to receive an  average tax refund of $1,850 and only 25% or just under 5 million chose to get it by cheque.  EFILE can definitely help to speed things up.  

Cyber Security, Electronic Signatures and Date Stamps

By : Evelyn Jacks & Beth Graddon Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
It’s a new era in electronic filing.  Yesterday the CRA released new information about how to file 2020 tax returns using electronic signatures, a new Form T183 and date stamps.  The timing was interesting. Recall, just last week CRA locked over 100,000 taxfilers out of their online accounts because it detected security breaches. Here’s what you have to know about new digital filing and security defence strategies.

Newly Updated Course: Accounting for Solopreneurs as Unemployment Soars

Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
The “gig economy” is on the rise, it is estimated that close to 45% of the workforce in North America is now self-employed and more specifically, 40% of Millennials in Canada.  A new course from Knowledge Bureau is providing tax and bookkeeping practitioners with the critical skills to help these new “solopreneurs” in multiple sectors:  builders, retail outlets, importers/exporters and a variety of agricultural ventures as well as non-profits.    

RSVP Now: The Next High-Demand CE Summit is May 20

Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Current Issue
Are you a regular, raving fan and attendee of the CE Summits? Now is the right time to RSVP and secure your spot at the lowest tuition fees.  Act by March 1 and save over $230 on the next four events.  Coming up next:  the annual Post-Budget Overview and its effect on Retirement & Estate Planning.   Here’s a look at the speaker lineup: