KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

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 dividends and eligible dividends. non-eligible dividends are taxed at approximately 10% more than an 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 […]

Mar 5 2019
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 the […]

Feb 26 2019
Retirement Planning Alternatives

We have all been told to plan for our retirement.  Yet, have you ever wondered why? You need to consider the different retirement planning alternatives. Perhaps you have a plan, most people do, but is it the right plan? In the following example, it is clear how advanced planning can make a huge difference for you and […]

Feb 19 2019
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).

Feb 12 2019
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 […]

Feb 5 2019
Structuring the legal ownership of your home

What’s the best strategy for structuring the legal ownership 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 were to […]

Jan 29 2019
Unreported T-slip income

Regardless of the reason, if you have unreported T-slip income of $500 or more from any T-slips in your current year tax return, don’t wait for CRA to catch it. If you have unreported t-slip income in your current year return and also unreported t-slip income in any of the three years prior, you are subject to a […]

Jan 22 2019
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.

Jan 15 2019

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

Jan 8 2019
US Tax Filing

Are you a US citizen? Do you spend more than 120 days per year in the US? If so you may be required to file a US personal tax return.

Dec 19 2018
December at KWB

December was another typical month at KWB. Work hard, but have fun doing it as well. First we started off with a family Christmas party where all the adults, children and grandchildren got together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate.  This of course came with a nice visit from the big man himself “Santa”. […]

Dec 11 2018
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 4 2018
Outstanding Shareholder Loan

It is very common for owner-managers to draw funds from their company during the year and find themselves with an outstanding shareholder loan at year end. These balances are often cleared up by recording dividends or bonuses to the shareholders and the problem is solved.  If the loan is not repaid during the fiscal year […]

Nov 20 2018
Work in Progress

If you have a professional corporation then the new work in progress tax rules will likely affect you! Professional corporations are typically set up and used by accountants, lawyers, dentists, doctors, veterinarians and chiropractors. Instead of running their business as a sole proprietor, everything happens under an incorporated entity. Work in progress (WIP) includes any […]

Nov 6 2018
Audit Shield

Being audited is a difficult experience that can be both scary and costly. When being audited the professional and legal fees can amount to thousands of dollars quickly, so we found a way for you to insure against those unexpected professional fees by offering an audit insurance product called Audit Shield. With Audit Shield, claims […]

Oct 23 2018
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 16th. 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 poor […]

Oct 16 2018
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 the impact on my healthy lifestyle. So many of us get into an unconscious pattern that just becomes our normal way of being. Unfortunately, over time, our health […]

Oct 9 2018
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 Profit Driver to […]