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March Poll

In your view, will the March 15 and June 15 instalment payments for your clients be reduced?
Yes: 9 votes
No: 19 votes

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Temporary Relief for Claiming Child Care

There is exciting news for parents who have been prohibited from claiming child care expenses due to the existing definition of “earned income”.  A new Form T778 issued on January 20, 2021 clarifies that CERB and EI recipients can indeed claim child care expenses.  There is more good news for disabled employees, too. Here are the details:

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When are Forgivable CEBA Loans Reported?

The Canada Emergency Benefit Account (CEBA) provided two loans to businesses that suffered revenue declines due to the pandemic.  They amounted to a total of $60,000, with $20,000 forgivable,   if the loan is repaid  December 31, 2022.  However, very few expected a 2020 income inclusion. Here are the rules:

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CERB Audit Tip

As CERB income reporting begins in earnest on the 2020 tax return, Canadians and their advisors are scrambling to confirm eligibility for amounts received last year and if required, to repay amounts received in error.  However, a number of questions have arisen around the grey areas of eligibility.  A common one surrounded eligibility for individual recipients of dividends from family businesses.

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Weigh In: Is Tax Relief the Right Answer for the Times?

Business owners are struggling and despite the announcement of a new loan program yesterday, is more indebtedness the help that business owners really want at this time?

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Free Event! Feb 3, Meeting of the Minds with the Society of RWM™

Join the Society of Real Wealth Managers™ on February 3rd at 11:30 EST to discuss how to interact and adapt to challenges working with your clients and other financial professionals. The focus is on how to  overcome the technical, ethical, moral and legal issues that can arise when multiple advisors are involved.   

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