KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Apr 24 2018
GST Quick Method

The GST Quick Method is available to smaller businesses and is easier, quicker and saves money as compared to the normal method of GST filing. And since all GST registrants must file GST on either an annual, quarterly or monthly basis it can save a lot of time as well as money. is easier, quicker and […]

Apr 18 2018
2017 Tax Filing Deadline and KWB office hours

We would like to remind you that for the majority of Canadians, your personal income tax returns should be filed by April 30. It is our desire and intention to complete everyone’s returns by the April 30th deadline. To help with this we are open extended hours until 6:00 PM during the week starting April […]

Apr 17 2018
Northern Residents Deduction

Depending on the location of your permanent home, you may qualify for the Northern Residents Deduction on your personal income tax return. The steps to determine if you qualify for the NRD are as follows: Step 1 – Your permanent resident location There are two levels of locations that qualify for the Northern Residents Deduction: […]

Apr 10 2018
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 […]

Apr 3 2018
Changes to the Principal Residence Exemption

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 […]

Mar 30 2018
Controller and CFO Services

Do you think you may need Controller or CFO 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. […]

Mar 22 2018
Bookkeeping Services

Having good bookkeeping will enable you to make good decisions based on accurate financial information 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 […]

Mar 16 2018
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 field unassisted […]

Mar 6 2018
Borrowing Best Practices

You may not always understand what your banker is seeing or what they are asking for, but the good news is that both your banker and you want to see the business succeed. Here is more info on the 9 simple things that will help you become a more successful borrower.

Feb 20 2018
2018 Tax Rates & Limits

Each year various tax rates, contribution limits, benefit amounts and deduction rates change.  The following is a quick reference guide for 2018. Personal income tax rates and brackets: Federal Taxable income                                  Rate $0 to $45,605                                      15% $46,606 to $93,208                             20.5% $93,209 to $144,489                           26% $144,490 to $205,842                         29% Income over $205,843                        33% After many years […]

Feb 13 2018
Split Income

Proposals from the Department of Finance on July 18, 2017 included changes to the taxation of split income. The most common form of split income is income from a dividend from a related entity that is not excluded from being categorized as such. Prior to 2018, shareholders of privately held companies over the age of […]

Feb 6 2018
Switching to Quickbooks Online (QBO)

Considering making the switch from QuickBooks Desktop to QuickBooks Online (QBO)? 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.  Don’t let that scare you off though!  The QBO program is designed to […]

Jan 31 2018
Alberta Labour Standards for 2018

It has been 29 years since Alberta Labour Standards were last reviewed and changed. The changes effective in 2018 are as follows: Minimum Wage The minimum wage has already been increased in recent years and is going to have one more increase to $15.00 per hour.  This increase comes into effect on October 1, 2018. Deductions […]

Jan 16 2018
Advanced Income Tax Rulings

Advanced Income Tax Rulings are written statements providing assurance on the income tax treatment of a specific proposed transaction or transactions that you might be contemplating. Subject to any disclaimer or qualification stated in the ruling, the ruling is considered binding with respect to the specific taxpayer making the request and the specific proposed transaction. […]

Jan 9 2018

What is the capital dividend account? The capital dividend account (CDA) tracks the amounts that can be paid out to shareholders, tax free. How is the capital dividend account balance created? Capital gains and losses – The balance increases by 50% of any capital gains your company incurs, and decreases by 50% of any capital […]

Jan 2 2018
CRA Audit Approaches

If you have been selected for a CRA audit, you may be wondering what kind of tests they will perform. While this largely depends on whether the CRA auditor believes your records are accurate and reliable, they are also required to perform a number of indirect tests to verify that what you have earned has […]

Dec 19 2017
When to Apply for CPP Benefits

The amount of CPP benefits that you are eligible to receive depends on how long you earned employment income, and how much you earned in those years. You can visit the My Service Canada website to see how much you have paid in to CPP over your working years. This information is used to calculate […]

Dec 12 2017
Allowable Business Investment Loss

An allowable business investment loss can arise in many ways: 1)      Through a disposition of shares in a small business corporation 2)      Through a disposition of debt owed to you by a small business corporation 3)      When amounts that you have loaned to a small business corporation become uncollectible, or the corporation has gone bankrupt, […]

Dec 7 2017
Year End Tax Tips

Review our year end tax tips to discover 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 […]

Dec 5 2017
KWB Christmas Party

At KWB we believe that family is important which is what we emphasized when we recently had our annual Christmas celebration. We decided to do things a little differently this year and we involved the children and grandchildren of our staff in a party where we spent the day enjoying Edmonton’s history at Fort Edmonton […]

Nov 28 2017
Dryrun

There are many apps that can be integrated into your Quickbooks Online software in order to provide extra value and Dryrun is one of them. Forecast cash flow and sales Dryrun was created right here in Edmonton and is a forecasting tool that will assist you in making better decisions about your business.  You can […]

Nov 21 2017
CRA Service Standards

CRA service standards have been set by the CRA to give you an idea how long it should take to receive a response to your submission. The CRA service standards for 2017 & 2018 have been released and the turnaround times that Canadians can expect are as follows: Document   or Service Turnaround   Time […]

Nov 9 2017
Jobber

Jobber is a cloud based software solution designed for small and medium sized field service businesses that works with Quickbooks Online (QBO). 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 […]

Nov 1 2017
Halloween

Here at KWB we put the FUN in our corporate culture FUNdamentals! And in true KWB fashion, we had a spook-tacular time at the office for Halloween! Our clients delighted in our decorated reception area, our offering of treats and our creative attire. Everyone got into the spirit donning their costumes for the annual “best costume […]

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 […]