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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: 183 votes
43.47%
No: 238 votes
56.53%
 

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Summer Break, Summer School

We hope that you’re enjoying your summer holidays. Please note that our editorial team is on summer break, too. Knowledge Bureau Report will return August 12. However, our dedicated Educational Consultants are busy at work for those of you who wish to start Summer School online before the end of the month.

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Special Report: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Redesign

On July 17, 2020, a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was proposed with substantive changes over previous periods and the new rules are very complex. The good news is that the program has been extended to December 19, 2020 and potentially all businesses with a revenue loss over 0% could qualify for a wage subsidy.   

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CEWS Extension: No New Info, But Business Bears Burden of Proof

Between a rock and a hard place. That could well describe how Canada’s suffering business owners feel about the complete lack of direction that followed Monday’s announcement that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended until December 2020. It’s meant to help restart the nation’s economy, but you won’t find a single reference to this on CRA’s website as of today. Here’s why that’s a very big deal:

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Building Bridges for Business Owners

Business owners remain financially stranded in Canada.  According to a new survey by the CFIB, 33% of business owners have had to dip into their personal savings just to stay afloat during the pandemic crisis, 26% of them have had to increase credit card debt, and 8% of them tapped into their retirement savings early. That scenario is bolstered by a July 15 survey from Stats Canada which confirms the extent of the financial burden borne by business owners. A continued lifeline is critical to clinch Canada’s economic recovery.

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Up to Speed? Rules Change for RPP and Salary Deferral Leaves

On July 2, the government released draft legislation to temporarily change some of the rules around salary deferral leave and Registered Pension Plans. Here’s what you need to know:

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