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This Week’s Edition of KBR:

October Poll

Are government plans to introduce automatic free tax filing for the 12% of adults who don’t file tax returns to get benefits a good idea?
Yes: 196 votes
No: 301 votes

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Household Income Over $90,000: Taxes 43% , Basic Necessities 36%

In 2019, the average Canadian family spent 42.6% of their household income on taxes according to a new study by the Frasier Institute.  Yet, they spent only 36.2% on the basic necessities of life, including housing, food and clothing. The issue for tax and financial professionals is:  what can be done to tip the scales in favor of funding basic necessities now, while preparing for a future that could include taxes, inflation, and unemployment?  Six strategies appear below.

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OFSI COVID-19 Relief Programs for Pensions & Loans End

Although the federal government recently extended some of the COVID-19 relief programs, including a September 26 CERB extension and a further plan to transition to a revamped EI program, other measures put into place are coming to an end. Specifically, those under the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) umbrella that impact both pensions and loans, are transitioning back to normal.

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Poll Results: CEWS is Too Complicated

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), which has generously provided emergency relief for wages paid during periods of revenue decline, has been extended, potentially to the end of the year. But there’s one big problem with the program, according to 65% of our August Knowledge Bureau poll respondents, and that’s complexity. Close to 700 financial professionals believe that the revamped program is too complicated, although many stated this complexity is likely required to ensure fairness. Here’s what they said:

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Bold Thinking: DAC Brings Keen Thought and Big Fun to Virtual Conferencing

The agenda is amazing and so is the innovative virtual fun factor at DAC Acuity 2020! You are in store for the outstanding educational experience DAC delegates have come to rely on, including the pre-approved CE Credits. But this will be the most memorable virtual conference you will have attended this year. Early registration ends September 15.  Here’s the cast and the program guide to this incredibly innovative event:

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Virtual CE Summit on Pandemic Financial Fallout: September 30

The financial fallout of the Pandemic will manifest itself in several ways this fall: tax auditing for individuals receiving the CERB and EI payments, estimated Canada Child Benefits, OAS and other government benefits, tax audits for businesses receiving wage subsidies and GST/HST tax filing relief as well as personal and business bankruptcy. As important, financial distress relating to family health care is at the forefront of planning. Learn more at the next Virtual CE Summit on September 30!

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