Business & Tax Advisory

Business and tax advisory is at the core of everything we do.

We understand that the results of wise financial decisions are felt throughout every aspect of your professional and personal life.

At KWB, we provide business and tax advisory services to clients who own and manage small or medium-sized businesses. These businesses are unique in that the owners are highly invested in every aspect of their business, from customer service to finances. For business owners, business finances often intersect with personal finances; choices made in one area will affect the other. We look at both your personal and business finances, guiding you to make the tax and financial decisions that will benefit you in all areas of your life.

At KWB, we provide business and tax advisory services to clients who own and manage small or medium-sized businesses.

We help you to achieve your personal and professional financial goals by advising you in the following areas:

Our services help you minimize taxes, improve margins, and increase efficiency in your business.

Blog posts about Business & Tax Advisory

Nov 29 2016
OAS Benefits

What is the value of deferring my OAS benefits, sometimes also called OAS pension, to a future year? There are several reasons why you might want to defer your OAS benefits, such as: 1)     Based on current and future sources of income you may be able to keep thousands more. 2)     You’re planning to work past 65

Nov 22 2016
Tax Filing Deadline

What is your tax filing deadline? How much time do you have to file and what are the costs of not filing or of filing late? Personal Tax Filing Deadline Personal taxes are due on April 30 unless that date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday in which case the return is due on

Nov 15 2016
Top 4 Financial Tips for the New Parent

Here are our top 4 financial tips for the new parent: Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for your child: It’s a good idea for you to apply for a Social Insurance Number for your child as soon as they are born. This way, you will not be left scrambling to obtain one when your

Nov 1 2016
Payroll Remittance

Depending on the amount of your payroll remittance you may have some options as to when you are required to remit it to CRA. Regular Payroll Remittance You are a regular remitter if you are a new employer or your average monthly withholding amount (AMWA) two years ago was less than $25,000.  In

Oct 25 2016
T1 Adjustment

How long do you have to file a T1 adjustment? If you find yourself in a situation where you have filed your personal tax return and then realize that you need to make a change, there are some steps you need to follow. First, you need to wait until the notice of assessment on your

Oct 18 2016
Canada Child Benefit

Beginning July 2016, the Liberal government combined the Canada Child Tax Benefit, National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit into the Canada Child Benefit. Under the new Canada Child Benefit, families with children under the age of 18 will be eligible for a maximum annual benefit of $6,400 ($533 per month) per

Sep 27 2016
Employment Insurance For Related People

Employers are required by law to deduct Employment Insurance (EI) premiums from all insurable earnings paid to their employees who are engaged in insurable employment. If an employer is unsure whether or not an employee is engaged in insurable employment, the employer can request a ruling from the CRA.  A letter or completed form

Sep 20 2016
New Home Rebate

Buying or building a new home? Did you know that if you purchase a new home or have substantially renovated your own, you can claim a rebate on the GST or HST you paid through CRA’s new home rebate. What qualifies? Your home must meet the following conditions: Must be you or your relation’s primary

Sep 13 2016
Strategic Planning

What if you knew the impact of an important decision before you made it? Could you and your business benefit from this “what if” strategic planning? You would be able to look at the potential outcome and financial impact of business decisions before they are made. At KWB we use software called CCH Profit Driver

Sep 6 2016
Home Buyers Plan

The Home Buyers Plan (HBP) is a program that allows you to withdraw up to $25,000, per person from each of your RRSP accounts in a calendar year to buy, or build, a qualifying home. To be eligible for the Home Buyers Plan, the following must be met: You must be considered a first-time

Aug 16 2016
Supporting Documents for a Charitable Donation

When you make a charitable donation, one of the key benefits is the donation tax credit you receive on your tax return. In order to be able to claim a charitable donation and get a credit, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires that individuals keep supporting documents and proof of payment (i.e. cancelled cheques, pledge

Aug 23 2016
Top 7 Overlooked Tax Deductions

Are you paying too much in taxes? Are you getting all the tax deductions available for your business? An effective way to minimize your company’s tax expense, in addition to good planning, is to ensure the company is claiming all of the expenses legitimately allowed under the tax act. Take a look and see if any

May 26 2014
Heartbleed & CRA’s Deadline For 2013

As you may have heard, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) extended the 2013 personal tax return deadline to May 5th, 2014. This was due to a security issue, known as the Heartbleed bug vulnerability. This vulnerability affected how usernames and passwords were encrypted when logging into “secure” websites. Thus, allowing hackers the potential to steal private

Jul 15 2014
Guide for setting up your business

The following checklist has been prepared to assist you with the steps required and other points to consider when setting up your business. This checklist is not all encompassing, but one tool to help identify key issues that need to be addressed and considered. In addition, we recommend reading Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) guide "RC4070

Jun 24 2014
Online Backups - Keeping it simple

Do you know someone who has lost critical and precious information that was stored on their computer? Are there things on your computer that you don’t want to lose such as financial or business records or personal information like family photos? We live in a digital world and we don’t have hard copies of anything

Mar 21 2017
CRA Fraud Protection

Canada Revenue Agency and police again warned taxpayers of randomly targeted fraudulent telephone calls and e-mails that are being sent out as CRA fraud.  These phone calls and e-mails are not from the CRA. Annually the number of CRA fraud scams rise near the April 30th tax deadline. The phone call scams are imposters trying

Jun 6 2017
CCH Profit Driver

At KWB we use software called CCH Profit Driver that can turn historical financial data into tactical plans. For example we can create scenarios that would help you optimize operational efficiencies, improve cash flow and demonstrate possible outcomes. CCH Profit Driver is really a "what if ..." planning tool. How would you like to know

May 16 2017
Quickbooks Online - Free For Clients of KWB

QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a cloud based version of the traditional QuickBooks desktop accounting software that offers some great features and accessibility not available from the desktop environment. Cloud basically means it resides on and is accessible through the internet. We like it so much that effective July 1, 2017 we are offering it at no

Jul 15 2014
Starting a new business?

There are a number of things that you will need to do including: 1)      Incorporating a company.  But before you do, you should talk to us about the types of shares and number of shares that should be issued to each person that you are thinking about involving in your business. And who should

Oct 11 2016
Disability Tax Credit

You may qualify for the disability tax credit and not even realize it.  If so, you could collect as much as $2,500 a year in tax savings!!! You do not need to be in a wheelchair to be eligible for the disability tax credit. If someone isn't able to walk the length of a football

Aug 9 2016
Apprentice Tax Credit

If you have apprentices working for you, then you should be taking advantage of the apprenticeship job creation tax credit. (Apprentice Tax Credit) An investment tax credit can be claimed on eligible salaries paid to eligible apprentices. The credit is equivalent to 10% of salaries and wages paid to that individual, to a maximum of

Jul 21 2016
Switching to Quickbooks Online (QBO)

Considering making the switch from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online (QBO)? Here are a few reasons why QBO might be the right choice for you. If you are currently using the Desktop version of QuickBooks, you need to be aware that QBO is not the same program and doesn’t really look anything like the Desktop product

Jul 5 2016
Bookkeeping Services

Are you unable to make good decisions because your financial information is inaccurate or not provided to you on a timely basis? KWB Chartered Accountants offers bookkeeping and similar services. With timely and accurate information we can help you address your issues and make better decisions as a result. These are definitely tough times, and

Jun 21 2016
Controller Services

Are you looking for information to help you make good decisions?  Are you unsure of what's happening financially in your business? You need timely, accurate and complete financial information and the people who can figure out what it all means in order to survive in today's economy. Controllers should basically pay for themselves. The cost savings you

Jun 14 2016
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

An RESP is an education savings account that is registered with the Government of Canada that helps you save for a child’s post-secondary education. With an RESP, you may be able to receive other saving incentives, such as the: Canada Learning Bond Basic and Additional Canada Education Savings Grant There are two different types of RESPs

May 31 2016
Electing out of CPP payments

Did you know that if you are receiving CPP benefits, are still working and are between the ages of 65 and 70, you can elect to stop making CPP contributions. Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is mandatory for working Canadians between the ages of 18 and 64, but optional after age 65. This

Apr 26 2016
Estate Planning Gifting Strategy

An estate planning gifting strategy is basically when you start to give away some of your assets prior to death in order to optimize taxes within the family. Usually, an estate planning gifting strategy refers to how we will distribute our assets when we die.  But you might be overlooking significant tax savings by not

Apr 19 2016
Tax Myths

Here are some common myths about our personal tax system: Myth: The CRA completely agrees with the information you submitted in your return if it sends you back a Notice of Assessment that agrees to what you filed. A Notice of Assessment is just the result of a quick assessment that will have fixed any

Apr 12 2016
Spousal Loan - Tax Savings Opportunity

If you are in a much higher income tax bracket then your spouse and have investments outside of an RRSP or TFSA then a spousal loan could reduce your taxes. Money that is earned directly by you through employment or investing is considered yours and can’t just be given to your spouse to invest. 

Mar 29 2016
HOME ACCESSIBILITY TAX CREDIT (HATC)

The 2015 federal budget announced the introduction of a new Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC), beginning in 2016. The HATC is a non-refundable tax credit for qualifying expenses incurred for work performed or goods acquired in respect of a qualifying renovation of an eligible dwelling of a qualifying individual. A qualifying individual and eligible individuals

Mar 22 2016
CRA Online Mail

Tired of waiting for snail mail? The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) now allows you to receive some of their correspondence electronically through their My Account service. What correspondence does this apply to? Notices of Assessment (issued after February 9, 2015) Notices of Reassessment (issued after February 9, 2015) Tax Free Savings Account letters (issued after

Mar 16 2016
Director's Liability

While the tax debts of a corporation belong to the corporation and the tax debts of an individual belong to that individual, there are some exceptions to the rules. Directors may be held personally liable for certain tax liabilities of the corporations they serve. When a corporation faces insolvency, remittances to the government may fall

Dec 15 2015
The Enlightened Investor:Calculating the Cost Base of a Security Held in Multiple Taxable Accounts

Congratulations! You just sold and realized a profit on that promising investment (stock, mutual fund, ETF etc.). When you’re done planning how to spend your windfall you might also consider how much tax you owe on that gain. Unless the sale occurred within a non-taxable RSP or TSFA. Normally, this is fairly straightforward. You

Dec 1 2015
CRA Requirements for Keeping Financial Information

You are required by law to keep records if one or more of the following situations apply: You operate a business in Canada You have to file an income tax return (i.e. corporate or personal) You have to file a GST return You filed for a GST rebate You have a trust Note: The

Nov 17 2015
Payroll Related ChangesThat May Come Into Effect With The New Federal Government

On October, 19, 2015, Canadians voted in new Liberal party Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. During the course of the election campaign, the party announced they would make certain changes related to income tax rate calculations. Although it is unclear when these changes will be enacted, they could be introduced soon after the new government takes

Sep 10 2015
Online tools from the CRA and Service Canada

Here are some great tools on the CRA website to help in day to day activities that I personally use. 1)       Payroll Deduction Online Calculator Use the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) to calculate federal, provincial (except for Quebec), and territorial payroll deductions. It will confirm or allow you to calculate the deductions you include

Sep 1 2015
Alberta Personal Income Tax Changes

On June 30, 2015, the Alberta government passed Bill 2, An Act to Restore Fairness to Public Revenues. The bill has created a progressive personal income tax rate structure for higher income earners. Effective for 2015 and subsequent tax years, four new tax brackets and rates will be introduced: Taxable income of $125,000 to

Jul 23 2015
Change in use of property from capital to inventory or vice versa.

There are no immediate repercussions for the change in business use of property from capital to inventory. The differences arise upon sale of the real estate. There is no provision in the Income Tax Act which describes the circumstances in which gains from the sale of real estate are to be determined as being either

Aug 19 2014
Companies with Internet Based Sales

Do you sell any products or services online? If your answer is yes, the CRA has introduced a new form that needs to be filed with your corporate tax return. Schedule 88 on Internet Business Activities is required if your business earns income from any websites, or is involved in any of the following: -         

May 15 2014
T1135 - Foreign Income Verification Statement

Starting with the 2013 taxation year, Canada Revenue Agency has revised their form T1135,Foreign Income Verification Statement to request more information on foreign property in an effort “to better target international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance”. While the reporting requirements have changed, the criteria for those who must file form T1135 has not

Mar 8 2016
GST Quick Method

All GST registrants must file GST on either an annual, quarterly or monthly basis. However there is a method available to smaller businesses that is easier, quicker and saves money as compared to the normal method of GST filing. This method is called the quick method. Effective for reporting periods beginning after 2012 certain businesses

Oct 4 2016
Vehicle ownership

We are often asked, “Should I own my vehicle in my company or personally?” The following facts can help us determine the answer to the question of vehicle ownership: 1)      How many kms will you drive it for business purposes? 2)      How many kms will you drive it for personal purposes? 3)      What is

Nov 18 2014
Year End Tax Tips

There are a number of perfectly valid actions you may still be able to take before the end of the year to cut your taxes and to optimize your wealth management planning. As tax planning specialists, we at KWB can help you decide exactly what to do, when to do it, and what not to

Oct 14 2014
Have You Completed Your Business Will?

When it comes to Estate Planning for Canadian’s there is no document more important to the successful distribution of assets than the Will.   TO HAVE OR NOT TO HAVE…THAT IS THE QUESTION  Most business owners would agree that the best opportunity for success comes with a well built and implemented business plan. But what

Feb 23 2016
Why should I review my Unanimous Shareholder Agreement?

If you haven’t reviewed your Unanimous Shareholder Agreement (USA) recently, here are 3 excellent reasons why you should do so:  In 2006, the Federal Budget introduced a second dividend rate. Corporate earnings in Alberta, up to $500,000 are taxed at 14%; when a dividend is paid to an individual shareholder this “ineligible-dividend” is taxed

Nov 25 2014
T1135 Foreign Income Reporting

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has further revised form T1135, Foreign Income Verification Statement. The T1135 is designed to request more information on foreign property in an effort “to better target international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance”.  While the reporting requirements have changed, the criteria for those who must file form T1135 has not. 

Jun 7 2016
Living Out Allowance

In certain situations, a company can deduct a living out allowance and the employee does not have to report the allowance in their income. In order for this to apply, the allowance needs to be reasonable.  Additional criteria must be met as stated below for employees at a special work site and employees in

Jun 16 2015
Tuition and Education Amounts

As a student, you may be wondering what deductions you can make on your tax return. Can you claim the cost of textbooks? Can you transfer your credits to someone else?   What deductions can I claim? There are three credits available: tuition, education, and textbook amounts. These are non-refundable tax credits that can be

Apr 5 2016
2016 Tax Rates & Limits

Each year various tax rates, contribution limits, benefit amounts and deduction rates change.  The following is a quick reference guide for 2016. Personal income tax rates and brackets: Federal Taxable income                                  Rate $0 to $45,282                                      15% $45,283 to $90,563                             20.5% $90,564 to $140,388                           26%

Jun 30 2015
Medical Expenses including Attendant Care

A taxpayer can claim medical expenses paid for themselves as well as for their spouse, common-law partner and dependents.  A dependent can include; the taxpayer or their spouse/common law partner's child or granchild or the taxpayer of their spouse/common law partner's parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew whom lived in Canada at any time during

Jun 2 2015
Structuring the legal ownership of your home

What's the best structure to have for the legal title of your home? The answer is...it depends. Are you asking for tax planning purposes or for estate planning purposes? Often you may be advised that it's important for you to have the title of your home shared with somebody else so that if something

May 26 2015
Top 10 Alberta NDP Policies (source: Dr. Carol Anderson, Navigator)

Increase Alberta’s corporate taxes to 12% from 10%. Job creation tax credit that subsidizes 10% of any new employee salary (max $5,000). Support economic diversification in sectors like alternative energy, high tech, advanced research and knowledge industries. Income tax increases for top earners: 12% on incomes $125,000 to $150,000; 13% on $150,000

Apr 15 2015
What will interest rates do in 2015

When it comes to interest rates here in Canada and around the world, the only thing we know is that we don’t know. For the past 4 years economists around the world have expected interest rates to increase and not go lower. What we do know is that Stephen Poloz, the Governor of the Bank

Jan 23 2015
Fraud from mobile banking deposits

Technology is constantly evolving and many commercial banks are using the latest technology advances. Some of these include mobile banking, electronic payments and mobile cheque deposits or Mobile Remote Deposit Capture (MRDC). We have all seen the commercials showing us how easy it is to deposit a cheque by taking a picture of it with

Feb 3 2015
Child Related Benefits, Expenses and Deductions

There’s great news for 2015 for Canadians with children. Stephen Harper has announced a “child care benefit boost” – which includes an increase to, or return of, the monthly Universal Child Care Benefit cheques and an increase to the amount taxpayers can deduct for child care expenses and the child fitness credit.   Changes to

Mar 5 2015
Refunds that CRA will not pay

If you are late filing your corporate tax return by more than three years, any overpayment is considered statute barred under the Canadian Income Tax Act (Section 164(1)). This means that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not issue the refund to the corporation. In addition, the corporation cannot apply for tax payer relief to

Mar 17 2015
Applying for a Business Number

A Business Number is a nine-digit identifier provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to each Canadian business. This number is given to register tax accounts and to make communication with CRA easier.  Each legal entity (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or trust) requires one business number and each business number can be registered for

Apr 2 2015
Extended presence in the US and loss of benefits

Under the Canadian income tax system, an individual's liability for income tax is based on his or her status as a resident or a non-resident of Canada. An individual who is resident in Canada during a tax year is subject to Canadian income tax on his or her worldwide income from all sources. Generally, a

Apr 9 2015
Cost of Being Found to be a Personal Services Business (PSB)

We often hear about individuals who decide to incorporate while working as an employee for a business. But is it really beneficial to do so? Let’s look at an example. Joe works as an employee and earns employment income (a T4 slip) in Alberta. On July 1, he incorporates. Although he has incorporated, he continues

Dec 6 2016
CRA Statistics

Have you ever wondered about CRA statistics like how many tax returns get filed each year or how much Canadians pay in taxes each year? Earlier this year, CRA released their 2014-2015 Annual Report to Parliament which included the following CRA statistics: 28 million tax returns were filed for the 2014 year. Approximately 1% of

Dec 13 2016
Small Business Deduction

The current Small Business Deduction in Canada allows corporations to pay a lower rate of tax on their first $500,000 of active business income. Active business income includes income earned from a company’s regular operations, but excludes other income such as rental or investment income. Budget 2016 released by the federal government has introduced

Jan 3 2017
Changes to the Eligible Capital Property Rules Effective January 1, 2017

Eligible capital property (ECP) includes items such as goodwill, patents, trademarks, customer lists and other intangibles with no fixed lifespan. As of January 1, 2017, the new rules for eligible capital property will come into effect and will have a significant impact on tax deferral opportunities for companies that dispose of eligible capital property. Previous

Jan 10 2017
Changes to the Principal Residence Exemption for 2016

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made a major change to the Principal Residence Exemption that will affect Canadians when filing their 2016 tax returns. Regardless of whether the sale is exempt or not, individuals will now be required to report the sale of their principal residence on their personal tax return. Under the Principal

Jan 24 2017
Gross Negligence Penalty

As Canadians get busy filing their taxes, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) reminds everyone to be cautious of fraudulent tax filing. The CRA will audit, reassess and can apply a gross negligence penalty equal to 50% of the additional tax payable if it can show that a taxpayer knowingly, or under circumstances amounting to gross

Feb 7 2017
Taxpayer Bill of Rights

There are 16 rights set out in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights that you should expect when dealing with the CRA. These apply regardless of whether you are an individual or own a business. Their goal is to increase transparency, accountability, and to improve the quality of service they provide. You have a right to:

Mar 1 2017
Child Rearing Provision

If you left the work force or reduced your working hours to be the primary caregiver for your children, it will likely be to your benefit to apply for the CPP child rearing provision when applying for CPP benefits. To apply for the CPP child rearing provision you would complete section 11A in the application

Mar 14 2017
Statute Barred Period

In general, CRA can reassess tax returns for individuals, trusts and Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC’s) within 3 years from the original Notice of Assessment date. After that, the returns enter a statute barred period. The typical statute barred period starts 3 years after the Notice of Assessment is issued A Notice of Assessment is the

Mar 28 2017
EI, OAS and CPP Rulings

Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) is responsible for EI, OAS and CPP rulings, not Canada Revenue Agency. On April 1, 2013, the Social Security Tribunal (“SST”), an independent administrative tribunal operating at arm’s length from ESDC, was introduced to review appeals on EI, OAS and CPP rulings made by the ESDC. The process to

Jun 13 2017
Gluten Free Food

If you have celiac disease you are able to claim the incremental costs of the gluten free food as a medical expense. In order to claim the expense you need to track the gluten free food during the year and keep the receipts to show that the expenses were incurred. An app called celitax.ca

Jul 11 2017
Direct Beneficiary Designation - RRSP or RRIF

If you are considering a direct beneficiary designation for either a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), you should be aware of some negative consequences that can occur. A direct beneficiary designation can result in unintended tax consequences to the estate, the inequitable treatment of heirs or the distribution

Jul 25 2017
CRA Audit

Many companies may experience a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit. Here’s what you need to know: Types of Audits: Not all CRA audits are the same! In some cases, they may only want to see records pertaining to one area or it could be a full audit. Here are a few details regarding the different

Aug 8 2017
How to Avoid a CRA Audit

If you want to figure out how to avoid a CRA audit there are a number of things you should know. Probably one of your worst nightmares is the dreaded audit letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) informing you that you're going to be audited and CRA will send out approximately 30,000 such

Sep 19 2017
Free Quickbooks Online Seminars

KWB is hosting free quickbooks online seminars for our clients to learn more about the benefits of QBO and the apps that it supports. Upcoming seminars are: Wednesday October 4th at 11:30 (lunch provided) Thursday October 19th at 8:30 (coffee and pastries provided) Friday November 3rd at 11:30 (lunch provided) Tuesday November 21st at 8:30 (coffee

Oct 24 2017
Triplog

Triplog is a great tool if you are tired of tracking your mileage every time you get in the car. Especially if you aren’t claiming mileage as an expense because you forgot to check the odometer or write down your trips in a log book. This app easily integrates with Quickbooks Online Triplog is an

Nov 9 2017
Jobber

Jobber is a cloud based software solution designed for small and medium sized field service businesses.  It has a number of features that are designed to help you run a better business by helping you manage finances, client requests and a busy team. Jobber integrates scheduling, quotes, invoices and payments all within one system