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This Week’s Edition of KBR:

February Poll

At a time when 48% of Canadians say they are $200 away from insolvency, do you think reducing tax refunds (last year’s average was $1740 or $145/month) would help?
Yes: 59 votes
No: 174 votes

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Celebrating Newly Graduated RWM™ and MFA-P™ Designates

Join us in celebrating our newest graduating class in the RWM™ and the first MFA-P™ designation program. Knowledge Bureau is so proud of your achievements and we look forward following your continued professional successes into the 2020’s.

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Break It Off: Your Relationship with the Tax Collector

It can be very expensive to owe money to the CRA and it’s the one debt that must be given priority over others. That’s because CRA has significant powers to enforce payment of taxes, levy penalties and interest, which includes garnishment of wages and seizure of assets. This can obviously impact other financial obligations, so here is what you need to know to break up with the tax collector.

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Business Owners Lack CRA Support on New CCA Rules

The CRA receives a “D” mark!  According to a new report by CFIB, the quality of the information and phone support the CRA is extending to Canadian business owners has worsened, despite the agency’s goals to increase service standards. One of the biggest issues: failure to understand the new Capital Cost Allowance rules which have been in place since late 2018.

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Changes to Employee Stock Options Won’t Happen Yet

Tax changes to employee stock options were supposed to come into effect on January 1, 2020, and thanks to feedback collected from Canadian businesses in a consultation that ended in September, the implementation of these measures has now been delayed. Tax and compensation planning should take place before these new rules come into effect.

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The Clock is Ticking: Last Chance to Register for the Advanced Tax Update

If you are a tax, bookkeeping or financial advisor looking to sharpen your technical tax knowledge to accurately prepare personal tax returns or provide sound financial planning advice this tax season, don’t miss Canada’s most comprehensive T1 Advanced Tax Update. Besides the comprehensive 330-page course, CE Summit attendees receive a three-month subscription to EverGreen Explanatory Notes, and a full day of peer-to-peer training with expert instructors.  It’s an outstanding value dedicated to enhancing your value proposition.

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