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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: 46 votes
No: 135 votes

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Sharing is Caring: Take $200 off Your Next Course

For a limited time, we’re extending a special online learning offer to all of our KBR readers. With the holidays right around the corner, you might just find the time to sharpen your skills in professional tax preparation, bookkeeping or retirement planning with a new certificate. Learn in your slippers in front of the fireplace, or on the beach in a southern retreat – it’s up to you! Now, you can save $200 when you enrol in your next online course, but only until November 22!

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Debt Management Series: Purchasing vs. Leasing Vehicles

In the market for a new car before year-end? Take the time to visit your tax advisor first. He or she can take the time before the holidays to help you consider your after-tax options and evaluate the best approach to acquiring this asset; as debt management is likely part of the equation.

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Small Business Audits: Six Figures Owing on Average

Business owners: the burden of proof in an audit is on you. That’s the message the CRA is sending to businesses since close to $1.2 billion has been identified (but not necessarily collected) through audits of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which represents a big win for the tax department. So, what can you do to prepare a potential defence before year-end should your business be next?

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Really Odd Medical Expenses You Don’t Want to Miss

Medical expenses are among the most commonly overlooked tax provisions and it’s important to pay attention to unreimbursed medical expenses and to claim them as they can be used to reduce taxes payable. CRA has a list of over 130 claimable medical expenses. Here are some odd medical expenses you don’t want to miss:

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DAC 2019 Special Report - Rave Review from Delegates

DAC 2019 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is in full swing this week and Day 3 is underway today. It has been an outstanding conference in every respect, with all the speakers hitting their topics out of the park with passion, cutting-edge insights, and highly engaged delegates discussing resilience and competition in a dramatically changing world.

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