KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Nov 12 2019
Travel Expenses

Travel expenses include food, beverage, lodging and transportation (such as airplane, train, bus, etc.) expenses but not motor vehicle expenses. You can deduct travelling expenses on your personal tax return as long as you meet all of the following conditions: You were normally required to work away from your employer’s place of business or in different places. Under your contract of […]

Nov 5 2019
Ask an Accountant

Welcome to our new monthly segment, “Ask an Accountant”.  We are giving you the opportunity to ask KWB Chartered Accountants a question and we will ensure it is answered by the next segment of our Newsletter. Simply email your question to:  info@kwbllp.com with the heading “Ask an Accountant” and we will publish the question and […]

Oct 29 2019
Accounting Terms

Here are some of the most common terms used in Accounting today: AR = Accounts Receivable – The amount of money owed by customers or clients to a business after goods and/or services have been delivered or used. AP = Accounts Payable – The amount of money a company owes creditors (suppliers, etc.) in return […]

Oct 15 2019
Jeans for Charity

One of the great things we do here at KWB that I’m proud to be a part of, is when we raise money for a local charity every month. Fridays at KWB are ‘Jeans Days’.  Team members who choose to participate and wear jeans, contribute $5 to the pot each week. At the end of […]

Oct 1 2019
THE 2019 KWB BUNNOCK CHAMPIONS ARE…..

Partner, Richard Ouellette and Edzel Agustin (who does work for KWB in the Philippines).  Who knew that the Philippines had such accomplished Bunnock players? It was a tough morning but we eventually crowned the winners of the 12th Annual KWB Bunnock Cup! For those who are scratching their heads wondering what the Bunnock game is […]

Sep 24 2019
Receipt Bank

If you would like to spend less time organizing your records and more time growing your business, you should automate your document retention with Receipt Bank. Receipt Bank is a website application that extracts key information from your invoices and receipts and publishes it directly into Quickbooks Online (QBO). Integrates with QBO Some of the […]

Sep 17 2019
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 […]

Sep 3 2019
Director’s Liability

What is 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 have liability for certain tax accounts of the corporations they serve. When a corporation faces insolvency, remittances to the government […]

Jul 23 2019
EI for the self-employed

An advantage to being self-employed is that you don’t pay into Employment Insurance (EI) like employees do. However, a program was introduced in 2010 which allows self-employed individuals to opt in to pay Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. Now that this has been in effect for a number of years, let’s revisit some of the key […]

Jul 16 2019
Save Money with a Health Services Plan

Save Money with a Health Plan How can you save $100’s and maybe $1,000’s in taxes in one simple step? Are you an employee of your own company and do you have significant medical expenses each year of $2,000 or more not covered by a health plan? Then creating a “Private Health Services Plan” (PHSP) as soon as possible could save you big dollars.

Jul 9 2019
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 […]

Jul 2 2019
New Business Guide for setting up your business

If you are starting a new business in Canada or are operating one already, then this article is for you. Types of business structures The type of structure you choose has a significant effect on the way you report your income, the type of returns you file each year, and many other matters. The three […]

Jun 18 2019
Principal Residence Exemption

If you have sold your home and it is your principal residence then you should be able to use the principal residence exemption to reduce or eliminate any capital gain for income tax purposes on the sale of the property. CRA states that a principal residence can be a house, cottage, condominium, apartment, trailer, mobile […]

Jun 11 2019
Switching to Quickbooks Online (QBO)

Considering making the switch from Desktop (Quickbooks or Sage) or paper to the cloud? (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!  […]

Jun 4 2019
CPP Rate

Beginning in 2019, the CPP rate will be gradually enhanced. This means you will receive higher benefits in exchange for making higher contributions. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement will be rolled out in two phases. The 2018 CPP rate was 4.95% of your salary to a maximum yearly CPP contribution of $2,564.10.  Your employer […]

May 21 2019
Living Out Allowance

In certain situations, a company can pay and 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 […]

May 14 2019
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 or grandchild’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 […]

May 7 2019
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.  That […]

Apr 30 2019
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 of a corporation.   There are two types of taxable dividends that a corporation can issue, non-eligible and eligible. non-eligible dividends are taxed at approximately 10% more than an eligible dividend Non-eligible […]

Apr 23 2019
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 […]

Apr 16 2019
Supporting Documents for a Charitable Donation

When you make a charitable donation, one of the key benefits you receive is the donation tax credit 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 forms, […]

Apr 9 2019
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 grandchild 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 the year. […]

Mar 28 2019
Deductible medical costs if you qualify for a disability tax credit

A taxpayer can claim deductible medical costs 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 grandchild or the taxpayer of their spouse/common law partner’s parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew whom lived in Canada at any […]

Mar 19 2019

Asking for a clearance certificate A clearance certificate certifies that all amounts for which a deceased taxpayer is liable to Canada Revenue Agency for have been paid.  If a clearance certificate is not obtained upon a taxpayer’s death, as the legal representative, you can be liable for any amount the deceased owes.  A clearance certificate […]

Mar 12 2019
The Enlightened Investor-Retirement Income

Eventually investors move from the “saving-years” to the “drawing-years”, when they want to start drawing retirement income from their portfolios. This can be confusing. For many the natural inclination is to liquidate their diversified portfolio in favor of income-producing stocks or bonds. However, the idea that retired individuals should load up on dividend-paying common shares […]