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The Tax Gap: It’s Complex

The fifth report on the tax gap – the difference between taxes payable if all taxpayer obligations were fully met and what was actually paid and collected – was released this week by CRA for the 2014 year. Focused on corporate tax filers, large and small, a shortfall has been estimated at between $9.4 billion and $11.4 billion, but a closer look at the report finds most individual and corporate taxpayers try their best to comply with Canada’s complicated tax system.

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Tax Freedom Day - June 14, 2019

This year, Tax Freedom Day for Canadians fell on June 14, 2019; one day earlier than last year, but almost two months after the US reached the same milestone. The Fraser Institute calculated Canada’s 2019 Tax Freedom Day based on a household income of $117,731 with a 44.7% total tax bill.* This means that the average Canadian works 163 days each year to pay $52,675 in taxes, before they start making disposable income for themselves.

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Affordable Homes and the New CMHC Rules

The 2019 Federal Budget introduced two changes aimed at making it easier for first-time home buyers to purchase a home in Canada. This is important due to the new mortgage stress test, and also raises other important questions should housing prices drop.

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Keep Above Board with Real Estate Investments

The CRA recently released a notice that warns Canadians to be on the lookout for real estate investment schemes that promise a significant tax write-off—more than double what you invest. But the old adage rings true: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you have a client approach you about a great real estate investment, here’s what you need to know to provide them with sound, financial advice:

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Save 10% on Tuition When You Study Online with a Buddy

Mentorship matters, and online studies offer a great opportunity for you to encourage the continuing development of your hard-working tax or financial services team. To support you in your business development pursuits, Knowledge Bureau is introducing a new “Study With a Buddy” enrolment offer.

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