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At KWB, we understand the way successful business owners think. We know that you are always looking for ways to streamline operations and are planning several steps ahead. We work with you in achieving your goals and maintaining your financial success. We will introduce you to tax minimization strategies and will work with you on ideas to streamline operations. Through our partners we will provide you with a network of experts who work together to ensure your investments, financial planning, bookkeeping, and other areas are all aligned to sustain and maximize your growth.
If you’d like to know more about what we can do to help you sustain your success, contact us.
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Blog posts about Running a Successful Business
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.
Remote Accounting Support
Would you like to have a KWB staff person work directly on your accounting system at a time that is convenient for you? Or to help you figure out why your accounts aren’t balancing or why your accounting software has crashed? KWB is here to help! Learn more about our remote accounting support.
The Enlightened Investor - Fees & Expenses
Fees and expenses are the single biggest reason professional money managers fail to outperform the market return. Learn a little more about what are reasonable fees and what makes up most investment fees.
Do you own a business - either incorporated or unincorporated - and have a spouse or one or more adult children with an income lower than your own? If so, you may be able to shift your income to these other family members, effectively moving the income from a high tax rate to a low tax rate and decreasing the overall tax burden on your family. This is called income splitting.
The Enlightened Investor-Understanding Returns
One thing frustrated investors often lament are their returns. So here's a question. Do you know what your returns really are? Find out more about how to measure your returns including some great but simple investment benchmarks over the last 5 years.
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Secret to Fitting a Healthy Lifestyle into your Busy World-Part 2
Part 2 of an article on Healthy Lifestyles.
See Part 1 posted on October 28, 2015.
Strategic Step #2: Automate & Re-Engineer Your Environment
We are creatures of habit. Did you know that on a typical day you make about 300 decisions about nutrition? Most of them are done unconsciously and can often lead to
The Secret to Fitting a Healthy Lifestyle into your Busy World-Part 1
Entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals often lead very busy lives. Being one myself I can relate to wearing many different hats, starting early, ending late, and seeing it have the impact on my lifestyle and my health.
So many of us get into an unconscious pattern that just becomes our normal way of being. Unfortunately
Taxable Benefits For The Personal Use of Company Aircraft
A corporate aircraft that is owned or leased primarily for business purposes, but is used for personal purposes (i.e. flight to transport employees or shareholders to a vacation destination) will be considered a taxable benefit to that employee or shareholder.
The value of the benefit is the cost of a regular first class airfare
Alberta Corporate Tax Rate Changes
In addition to personal income tax increases, the Alberta NDP government has also increased general corporate tax rates.
However, businesses that earn $500,000 or less of active business income will not be affected by the tax increases due to an offsetting increase to the Alberta small business deduction rate. Businesses that have more than
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
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
Corporate expenses - What can you deduct?
Often deductible business expenses are overlooked or missed as business owners are unsure whether they are deductible.
A business expense is any cost incurred by the company to generate income. These expenses must be supported by physical documents such as invoices, purchase contracts, sales receipt, etc. If cash is used to purchase items, it is
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
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
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
The Enlightened Investor: A Diversified Portfolio vs. a Collection of Investments - “Recovery Returns”
Do you want a portfolio that’s vulnerable to wild swings in value? Likely not. In fact less volatile portfolios are both easier on the stomach and they help you achieve better long-term returns.
For example, a portfolio that declines 10% this year requires an increase of 12% next year to recover its losses. If your
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:
Taxable income Rate
$0 to $45,282 15%
$45,283 to $90,563 20.5%
$90,564 to $140,388 26%
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
Benefits available to individuals on death
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) death benefit
The CPP death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment to the estate of the deceased contributor. It must be applied for within 60 days of the decedent’s date of death.
The CPP death benefit can be paid to:
The estate of the decedent(if there is an estate)
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
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