KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

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 letters […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 27 2017
Disaster Recovery 101

Terrible devastation caused by flooding or fires is a potent reminder that one should not delay planning for disasters in advance. Learn how to approach designing your own Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP).

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 has […]

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 30 2017
RRSP Contribution Room

RRSP’s can be a simple concept but they are also governed by some complex rules. Learn more about how your annual contribution limits are calculated and what to do if you have over contributed.

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 we approached Intuit about partnering with us and effective […]

May 9 2017
Tax Deductions

To make sure you are claiming all the tax deductions that you should be, read about the 7 most commonly overlooked tax deductions.

May 2 2017
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

With summer over and the kids back at school, many are looking at accessing their RESPs to cover the costs of post-secondary education. Here are some things to consider.

Apr 25 2017
Personal Services Business (PSB)

In the past, it was OK and even advisable to conduct business through an incorporated company even if PSB rules applied. With recent changes to the rules, though, this is no longer true.  So what are these changes, and what do they mean to you?

Apr 18 2017
Protecting Treasured Family Assets with Life Insurance

Do you want to protect the value of your estate for your heirs and preserve those cherished family properties and other assets? If so, read on for more info.

Apr 4 2017
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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Feb 21 2017

In November 2016, Canada Revenue Agency warned investors who are deducting investment fees charged for the management of their registered accounts that they are subject to a tax penalty perhaps as great as that fee. A registered account is a TFSA, RSP, RIF and the various locked in versions. Investment fees charged to registered accounts […]

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: […]

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 […]

Jan 17 2017
Dividends

What’s the difference between eligible and non-eligible dividends?  What are the implications to you? Dividends are payments made to shareholders to allocate the earnings earned in the corporation.   There are two types of taxable dividends that a corporation can issue, non-eligible dividends and eligible dividends. non-eligible dividends are taxed at approximately 10% more than an […]

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 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 […]

Dec 21 2016
Charity

KWB Chartered Accountants is proud to support our December charity, Coats for Kids and Families. We have decided to not only support this charity with the monthly amount we collect from any staff member who wants to wear jeans on certain designated days, but have also decided to collect winter wear for kids and adults. We […]

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 a […]