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22-Feb-2018

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TAX TICKLERS… some quick points to consider…

Of the approximately 28 million personal tax returns filed for the 2016 year, 58% got refunds. 68% received them by direct deposit. The average refund was $1,735.

19-Feb-2018

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INCOME SPRINKLING: Where Are We Now?

Individuals that receive certain types of income derived from a “related business” will be subject to Tax on Split Income (TOSI) unless an exclusion applies. TOSI is subject to the highest personal tax rate with no benefit of personal credits.

19-Feb-2018

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INPUT TAX CREDITS: Checking Up On Suppliers

Do I have to check up on a supplier when paying them GST/HST? Yes.
Implement a system for checking GST/HST numbers, especially for major purchases, in CRA’s GST/HST registry...

19-Feb-2018

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MARIJUANA: A Growing Industry

The legislation to legalize marijuana for non-medical purposes works its way through parliament (Bill C-45 entered the Senate phase on November 27, 2017). Producers, vendors, regulators, enforcement, and potential customers are seriously considering the implications.

18-Feb-2018

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LOANS TO A RELATIVE’S BUSINESS: What Happens When It Goes Bad?

If the loan was made to earn income and other conditions are met, you may be able to write-off half against your regular income as an allowable business investment loss (ABIL). A recent tax court case shed some light on defining whether the loan was made to earn income...

18-Feb-2018

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BUSINESS FAILURE: Personal Liability for Corporate Tax Debt

There are special laws which hold a director personally liable for certain amounts that their corporation fails to deduct, withhold, remit, or pay. Most commonly, these amounts include federal sales tax (GST/HST) and payroll withholdings (income tax, EI and CPP). It does not generally include normal corporate income tax liabilities.

18-Feb-2018

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COMMISSION PAID TO A CORPORATION: Any Issues?

CRA noted that “if insurance agents, realtors, mutual fund salespersons, or other professionals are legally… precluded from assigning their commissions to a corporation, then the commission income must be reported by the individuals, and cannot be reported through a corporation, regardless of the documentation provided”.

21-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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What’s Brewing in the Future of Coffee?

The growth of the coffee industry has been truly unprecedented and experts have been prepared for the bubble to pop.

21-Jan-2018 Float

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How To Prepare Your Business For The Next Recession

There has been a lot of chatter in the media recently that another economic downturn might be around the corner. As The Wow Company found in their recent “How recession-proof is your business” survey, a surprisingly high number of UK-based businesses are not prepared for the next recession.

21-Jan-2018 Spotlight Reporting

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Getting business strategy at the heart of your success in 2018

Strategy lies at the heart of most successful businesses. Businesses that plan and have clear objectives or goals, robust accountability and a shared sense of purpose should always outperform those that just show up and go through the motions.

21-Jan-2018 Float

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Financial Mistakes To Avoid In Your First Business

After spending months thinking about it, you finally decided to quit your 9-5 job and start your very first business. You think that this will be a win-win situation for you because you get to do what you love and be your own boss.

21-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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8 Eco-Friendly Packaging Alternatives for Your Shipping Needs

If you’re shipping your goods out to your customers, it’s essential to ensure your freight costs are as low as possible. At the same time, we all know how important it is to reduce our impact on the environment.

18-Jan-2018 Employment Innovations

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Working From Home – Managing the Risks to Reap the Rewards

Working from home is becoming increasingly common as many employees look for flexibility and work-life balance.

18-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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Where Do Your Customers See Value?

Most small businesses are trying to grow their market share and revenue. This typically means thinking deeply about one of the major factors affecting inventory management: pricing strategy.

18-Jan-2018 Vend

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Social Media Lessons for Retailers

The 3 Best (and 3 Worst) Things You Can Do On Social Networks. Successfully managing your social media efforts takes more than just creating an account and posting a few updates every now and then.

18-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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3 Deadly Sins of Inventory Management

Sales numbers are not the only factor that influence a business’ bottom-line. Inventory management is just as important, and managers need to be wary of a few common inventory management mistakes to avoid.

17-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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Is Peer to Peer Lending the Best Funding Option for Your Business?

Over the last five years, peer to peer lending has become a popular alternative to traditional bank lending for individuals.

17-Jan-2018 Vend

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How to Get Media Coverage for Your Retail Business: A DIY Guide

There are several advantages to getting some good PR for your business. In addition to generating buzz, getting covered by the press can drive traffic and sales while boosting your credibility in the process.

17-Jan-2018 Unleashed

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Do You Need to Up Your B2B Marketing Game?

Business to Business (B2B) marketing practices are changing. Here we identify the latest trends and best practices of 2017.

17-Jan-2018 business.gov.au

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6 tips to help you create compelling content for your website

Is your New Year's resolution to update your website? Use our tips to help you create engaging content! Is your New Year's resolution to update your business website?

17-Jan-2018 Employment Hero

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4 Essential employee engagement trends for 2018

Creating a highly-engaged workforce and a thriving workplace continues to be a major focus for all HR managers. And the reason is simple.

17-Jan-2018 Vend

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3 Great Examples of Retailers Reinventing Their Stores to Reach Modern Consumers

If you’ve been keeping abreast with the latest trends then you’ve likely heard about the shifting shopping habits of consumers.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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6 Factors You Need to Know When Considering a New Supplier

The best suppliers will provide the most suitable goods or services at the right prices and within the right time frames for your business needs. Below we give you six factors you need to know when considering a new supplier.

19-Dec-2017 ASIC

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Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin and other Virtual Currencies

Many virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin have emerged over the last 10 years but just how safe are they? We explain how virtual currencies work and the risks you take buying, trading or investing in them.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Value of Workplace Training

Training in the workplace is a very valuable and important component of running a successful business.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Dance of Technology and Business

Conducting business is no longer as simple, and dare we say primitive, as being present in the store at the point of sale, making said sale, recording said sale and replenishing inventory stock – all in a very hands-on manner.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Shipping Musts and Must-Nots

Online purchasing has not-so-slowly and very surely become the way people shop. It is efficient, convenient and best of all can be done without any concern for traffic or trying to find dreaded car-parking at a mall.

19-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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5 Retail Store Design Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

Take a moment to put yourself in your target customer’s shoes. Now, pretend you’re someone who’s walking into your store for the first time.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Happiest Time of the Year? Holiday Pressures for Food Manufacturers

Holiday seasons are often just as exciting for food manufacturers as they are for consumers. Holiday seasons are big business for food manufacturers.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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The Five Elements of a Lean Business

If your business is doing well and you’re looking to expand, that can be a sign of success. However, moving to the next stage of business development can be a risky endeavour.

18-Dec-2017 Goroster

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Making a Case for a Time and Attendance System

Having reliable rostering software, like goRoster, means that you know who is working in your business at any given time. It’s a great tool to help you manage your staff without having to be on site 24/7.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Happy Customers, Thriving Company: The Role of Inventory Management

If there were no customers, there would be no business. And with no business, there is no income. So, it would be safe to summarise that customers should be the point of business, would it not?

18-Dec-2017 ASIC

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Buy Now, Pay Later Services

Buy now, pay later payment services allow you to delay payment or pay by instalments (often fortnightly) over a period of time.

18-Dec-2017 Unleashed

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Automation: Changing the Face of Inventory Management

Inventory control and supply chain management has evolved on a near continuous basis since the 1980s.

18-Dec-2017 Employment Hero

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4 Questions to help you assess HR software costs

To manage people in fast-growing small businesses like yours, you need to streamline all areas of HR administration – which would be hard to do without HR software.

18-Dec-2017 Vend

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10 Tips to Help You Meet (and Beat) Your Retail Sales Targets

If you’re reading this, then you’re likely: a) not meeting your retail sales targets; or b) meeting your targets but want to find ways to blow past them.

27-Nov-2017 Vend

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What Retailers Should Know About Selling to Millennials (a Chat with Jasmine Glasheen)

Millennials. They’ve been called everything from entitled and lazy to fearless and empowered. But whatever you think about this generation, one thing is clear: Millennials (aka Gen Y) continue to have a significant impact on the economy and society in general.

27-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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The Basics of a Good Business Plan

Business plans help define goals and help you achieve them. If you take time to set concrete and achievable goals, you can then chart a plan to reach these goals successfully. Having tangible goals can make a business thrive.

27-Nov-2017 Debtor Daddy

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Late payment reduces small business confidence to grow

Three quarters of small and medium sized UK builders say that late payment has directly hampered their business growth according to a recent Federation of Master Builders survey.

27-Nov-2017 business.govt.au

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6 tips to help you create compelling content for your website

Don't cut corners when creating content for your website. So you’ve decided to start an online business—congratulations!

26-Nov-2017 Float

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Tackling your cashflow challenges this Christmas

Most of us look forward to Christmas as a time for fun, festivities and spending time with the family. If you’re a small business owner though, it’s not always the carefree holiday you might hope for.

26-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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Millennials Changing the Landscape of the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Millennials have a significant influence in consumer trends in a wide range of industries. The alcoholic beverage industry, for example, is becoming increasingly conditioned by trends among millennial consumers.

26-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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Lean manufacturing and the coffee roast

The coffee category of the hot beverage industry is thriving, with the number of coffee drinkers growing each year. Cafes and coffee vans are everywhere, meeting our seemingly unstoppable need for a regular caffeine fix.

26-Nov-2017 Vend

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5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

Promotions are almost always part of a retailer’s sales and marketing mix, and for good reason — they can drive sales and help you move inventory.

23-Nov-2017 business.gov.au

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7 Ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Managing your business’s impact on the environment is not only good for the environment but it can also help to improve your business’s reputation and reduce business costs.

23-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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5 Current cloud computing trends in business

For most businesses the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt a cloud service, but rather when is the right time and what services to move.

23-Nov-2017 Employment Hero

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13 practical ways to make your job ads stand out from the crowd

Writing great job ads is often more difficult than it looks. As well as selling the key requirements of the role, and presenting your company in a positive way, the job ad has to attract the right talent, and drive a response from suitably qualified candidates.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Innovations

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Why, How and When To Use a Fixed Term Contract

Many businesses in the building, civil and mining and professional services industries in particular, underestimate the benefit of a well-constructed employment contract.

22-Nov-2017 Employment Hero

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Make sure you don’t overlook this critical step in your employee onboarding process

So, you’re doing your homework on employee onboarding and preparing new starter kits infused with your company’s values. You also want to mastermind an onboarding process that even the tech giants would be proud of.

22-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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How Small Businesses Can Use Peer-to-Peer Lending

A new trend is rising, changing the way people can are securing financial needs. This new trend gives both individuals and businesses an alternative source of financing.

22-Nov-2017 Unleashed

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9 Tech Trends That Are Rapidly Changing How Businesses Do Business

As technology and digital marketing tools continue to improve, businesses will have to adapt to trends in marketing and consumer behavior.

30-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Six Things To Consider For Inventory Management Software

The world of inventory management is ever evolving, and for the better. It is commonplace and highly recommended now to have a software-based inventory management system...

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Workplace training – what’s in it for the company?

Workplace training is an important part of company work life which, as expensive as it may be, is a necessary means to a skilled workforce.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Why eCommerce is the future for wholesalers

B2B eCommerce is short for business-to-business, electronic commerce, where it is selling products or services between businesses via an online sales portal.

29-Oct-2017 SimPRO

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Why Creating Income Streams Will Make You More Profitable

Every day, business owners work hard to increase their profit. But far too often, they lack a clear strategy and practical plan to make that happen. Your Profit & Loss Budget should be a direct reflection of your Strategy and Plan.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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What Makes a Great Business Plan?

A business plan is essentially a blueprint for your business, so it is essential to get right at the outset.

29-Oct-2017 Vend

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Retail Merchandising: How Do You Sell Slow-Moving Stock?

A Chat with Christine Guillot. Nothing makes retailers cringe more than slow-moving (or worse — “dead”) stock.

29-Oct-2017 Vend

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How to Sell More Gift Cards in Your Retail Store: 6 Proven Ways

Gift cards. No matter what type of store you have or how big your business is, you’ll likely benefit from carrying them in your shops.

29-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Five Cloud Computing Trends for the Year Ahead

At its core, cloud computing is about changing the way that we do business. Computing over the internet has allowed organisations access to their essential business tools at any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

29-Oct-2017 Employment Innovations

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3 Simple Recruitment Hacks To Save You Time & Money

To many business owners, the recruitment process (from advertising and interviewing to onboarding into the team) is extremely time consuming, challenging and at times, pretty painful.

27-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your HR processes sorted with these 4 easy HR hacks

If the business you work in is anything like other small businesses, then your role of office manager means you handle just about anything!

27-Oct-2017 Unleashed

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Dealing with Seasonal Inventory

Inventory forecasting is critical for the smooth operation of any stock-based business. Managing demand can be tricky, however, if a large part of your inventory is subject to seasonal demand.

26-Oct-2017 Vend

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Why Now Is the Best Time to Start a Retail Business — and How to Do It Right

A Chat With Sanford Stein. Thinking about venturing into retail? Good news: there’s never been a greater time to do it.

26-Oct-2017 Float

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9 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Business Plan

Is your business plan due for a facelift? Maybe it’s been a while since you last looked at your plan or maybe your business has been going through significant changes recently.

26-Oct-2017 Vend

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15 Types of Posts That Do Extremely Well on Instagram

Retailers in various industries—be it fashion, homeware, or food—are reaping the benefits of Instagram.

25-Oct-2017

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DID YOU KNOW...BC – WILDFIRE RELIEF GRANTS

In an August 22, 2017 Release (2017JTT0137-001468) it was noted that $1,500 grants were being offered to help resume operations for those affected by BC wildfires. Eligible organizations include small businesses, First Nations, and non-profits located in certain areas. For further details on qualification, or to apply for a grant, visit redcross.ca. Applicants have until October 31, 2017 to apply.

25-Oct-2017

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GST/HST INPUT TAX CREDITS (ITCs) – DUE DILIGENCE

In a January 29, 2016 Tax Court of Canada case (SNF S.E.C. vs. H.M.Q., 2013-1207(GST)G), CRA had denied over $500,000 of ITCs, and assessed penalties and interest, in respect of GST and QST paid to welve suppliers. Unknown to the taxpayer, the suppliers did not remit the tax.
The taxpayer, a scrap metal dealer, obtained evidence of prospective suppliers’ GST and QST registration prior to accepting them as suppliers.

25-Oct-2017

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WEB TIPS FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL DATABASE

Determining the status of an appeal can be difficult.

25-Oct-2017

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GUIDE TO COMPLETING T1135

A variety of issues related to the T1135 form

25-Oct-2017

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RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN WHOLLY DEPENDENT CREDIT

In a June 21, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case (Lawson vs. H.M.Q., 2015-3474(IT)I), at issue was whether the wholly dependent credit could be claimed where only one party was providing a cheque which represented the net of each party’s child support liability.Where both parties are required to pay, either may claim the credit (Subsection 118(5.1)). At issue was whether the agreement, in fact, created two obligations to pay or just one.

25-Oct-2017

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CANADIAN CULTURAL PROPERTY

A July 25, 2017 New York Times article (Canada Debates Whether Gift of Leibowitz Photos Is Also a Tax Dodge, by Sopan Deb and Colin Moynihan) discussed the acquisition of 2,070 photographs by American portrait photographer Annie Liebovitz and their donation to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

25-Oct-2017

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ESTATE PLANNING TFSA – EXEMPT CONTRIBUTION

In a June 6, 2017 French Technical Interpretation (2015-0617331E5, Roy, Louise), CRA considered whether the transfer of a deceased’s TFSA to their spouse could constitute an exempt contribution. To the extent the payment is made in accordance to the will, CRA opined that the payment is made as a result of the individual’s death.

25-Oct-2017

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WAIVER – IS IT ENFORCEABLE?

In an August 16, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case (Radelet vs. H.M.Q., 2015-2089(IT)G), at issue was whether a waiver (Form T2029) signed by the taxpayer was enforceable such that CRA could assess the taxpayer beyond the normal reassessment period. The taxpayer asserted that the waiver was executed under duress and/or coercion and that the taxpayer failed to understand that the normal reassessment period was extended by the waiver.

25-Oct-2017

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CORPORATE OWNED LIFE INSURANCE – MULTIPLE BENEFICIARIES

In a May 18, 2017 Technical Interpretation (2017-0690311C6, Danis, Sylvie), CRA considered the addition to the capital dividend account(CDA) where two corporations were the beneficiaries of a corporately-owned life insurance policy.

25-Oct-2017

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CORPORATE REORGANIZATION – RELATED PARTY EXEMPTION

2017 Advance Income Tax Ruling (2016-0675881R3), CRA ruled that the related party exemption (Paragraph 55(3)(a)) would apply to a proposed internal reorganization, such that Subsection 55(2) would not reclassify a deemed dividend into a capital gain.

25-Oct-2017

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OWNER-MANAGER REMUNERATION DIRECTOR LIABILITY – CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY

In a June 22, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case(Grant vs H.M.Q., 2014-1399(IT)G), at issue was whether the director of a corporation could be held liable for $66,865 in unremitted source eductions, related penalties, and interest six years after the corporation went bankrupt. The taxpayer presented various defenses.

25-Oct-2017

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PARTNERSHIPS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP – DEEMED GAIN AND CAPITAL DIVIDEND ACCOUNT

When a commercial obligation is settled or extinguished for an amount less than the principal amount of the debt, Section 80 applies the debt forgiveness rules. CRA notes that the forgiven amount is applied to reduce “tax balances” or is included in the debtor’s income under Subsection 80(2) or (13).

25-Oct-2017

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TAX CONSULTATION ON PRIVATE CORPORATIONS

Since release of the Department of Finance’s Tax Consultation on Private Corporations on July 18, 2017, there has been much discussion and debate over the proposals. Below are a number of issues that have been raised, in addition to those noted in the basic discussion of the proposals (see VTN 433(5)).

25-Oct-2017

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CAPITAL GAINS/LOSSES ALLOWABLE BUSINESS INVESTMENT LOSS (ABIL) –LOAN TO DAUGHTER’S COMPANY

One of the conditions required to claim an ABIL is that the loan was advanced to earn income(Subparagraph 40(2)(g)(i)). The loan agreement stipulated that interest at 6% was to be charged, but payments would not commence until 2009, which, as it would turn out, was after the business eventually ceased. The Minister argued that no interest was charged, and therefore, there was no intent to earn income. This was partially based on accounting records of the daughter’s company which were inconsistent in their reflection of accruing the interest.

25-Oct-2017

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BUSINESS/PROPERTY INCOME MARIHUANA – INDIRECT VERIFICATION OF INCOME

A specialized indirect verification of income (IVI), a “yield analysis”, was completed to determine the unreported income. The primary variables included the number of plants in the crop, the expected yieldof dried marihuana from each plant, the frequency of harvest, and the price at which marihuana is sold. In this case, the taxpayer did not dispute the variables of the analysis, but rather argued that nothing was produced in the first few years, and that there was no profit in the third due to the seizure of crops and the claim that what was produced was for personal use.

25-Oct-2017

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EMPLOYMENT INCOME TAXABLE BENEFIT – TAX ADVISORY SERVICES

In an April 28, 2017 Technical Interpretation (2017-0699741I7, Waugh, Phyllis), CRA was asked whether a reimbursement for tax advisory services obtained as a result of an employer payroll error would be a taxable benefit. The errors in question arose from the Phoenix pay system used for public service employees (see VTN 422(10)).

25-Oct-2017

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PERSONAL TAX DISABILITY TAX CREDIT (DTC) – PREVENTATIVE CARE

In a February 20, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case (Mullings vs. H.M.Q., 2016-2938(IT)I), at issue was whether preventative care associated with phenylketonuria (PKU) would be eligible for the DTC. Without the ongoing care and strict monitoring of the individual’s diet, permanent and severe rain damage would occur.

24-Oct-2017

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GOVERNMENT RELEASES

Finance releases and CRA releases

24-Oct-2017

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TAX TICKLERS… some quick points to consider…

CRA assisted in collecting a six figure U.S. tax penalty for unfiled disclosures from a U.S. citizen resident in Canada.

24-Oct-2017

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BUSINESS LOSS OR PERSONAL VENTURE: Can I Deduct Losses Against Other Income?

An April 28, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case considered whether a practicing lawyer had a source of business income in respect of her law practice for the 2011-2014 years.

24-Oct-2017

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GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT: Change in an Individual’s Circumstance

Where an individual is married or in a common-law relationship, GIS entitlements are based on the combined income of a couple.

24-Oct-2017

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CHARITY FILING AND COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS: The CRA Has Checklists to Help

The CRA Charity Directorate provides a number of fairly comprehensive and easy to read checklists relating to various responsibilities associated with operating a registered charity.

24-Oct-2017

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DYING WITHOUT A WILL: Who Can Manage the Deceased’s Tax Affairs?

where a family member of a deceased individual would like to be recognized by CRA as the person or persons who will manage the tax affairs of the person who died without a last will and testament, they can now do so by completing a CRA Form (Affidavit for intestate situation, Forms RC549 to RC561, with no form for Quebec, and no RC554).

24-Oct-2017

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OPERATING A BUSINESS IN THE U.S.: The IRS is Targeting Smaller Foreign Entities

If operating as a mid-market business in the U.S., be prepared for the possibility of more scrutiny from the IRS.

24-Oct-2017

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SUPPORT OF REFUGEES: Tax and Filing Requirements

Two Technical Interpretations (May 26 and March 3, 2017) considered whether support provided to a refugee would be required to be reported on a Form T5007, Statement of Benefits.

24-Oct-2017

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NON-COMPLIANT GST/HST REGISTRANTS: Impact on Tax Refunds or Credits

In a recent release (Excise and GST/HST News No. 102), CRA reminded taxpayers that they may place a non-compliance hold on a taxpayer’s account if they are a non-compliant GST/HST registrant.

24-Oct-2017

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UNDERGROUND ECONOMY: Contractors, Online Sales, Farmers Markets…

In recent years, CRA has particularly focused on tracking underground economy activities. One way they are doing this is by obtaining information from key 3rd parties.

17-Oct-2017 Employment Hero

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Get your new employees off to a great start with this onboarding checklist

As we mentioned in a previous post, putting on new staff comes with a mountain of onboarding paperwork. But, that certainly doesn’t mean your new starter’s first day should be all about filling in forms.

28-Sep-2017 SimPRO

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You gotta dig the No Dig method

Dennis Yarrow began Yarrow Plumbing back in 2003. Before that, he cut his teeth in the plumbing industry working in Papua New Guinea where he learned how to manage a team of 50 (and some other life skills he hadn’t bargained for).

28-Sep-2017 SimpRO

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Why profit isn’t the problem and cashflow is king

What is cashflow management? In its simplest form, cashflow management is doing everything possible to ensure that money flows into your business as quickly as possible, and leaves the business as slowly as possible.

28-Sep-2017 Unleashed

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Should Your Business Give Trade Discounts?

Many businesses use trade discounts to simplify variable pricing, protect a market recognised price point, stimulate sales or reward customer loyalty.

28-Sep-2017 Unleashed

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Encourage teamwork in the workplace to enhance stock control

In any business, large or small, good teamwork is essential for morale, productivity and efficiency.

28-Sep-2017 Unleashed

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Brewery Inventory Management Up In The Cloud

Brewery inventory management can be done in a variety of ways. Often, companies will rely on a combination of methods, including web apps, written notes and spreadsheets.

28-Sep-2017 Spotlight

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Action Planning for client success

When I designed the first Spotlight Reports, I usually included an Action Plan to close the circle between great data analysis and goal-setting.