KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Aug 19 2020
REMINDER – CRA EXTENDED FILING AND PAYMENT DEADLINES

Filing and payment deadlines have been extended to September 30, 2020 The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced earlier this year that they would extend payment due dates for 2019 individual tax returns and 2019 or 2020 corporation, or trust returns, as well as for instalment payments to September 1, 2020.  There has since been an […]

Aug 18 2020
HOW THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY (CRA) CONTACTS YOU

The CRA website was recently a victim of a cyber attack.  In response, the CRA shut down its website and various portals to lower the security risks. As of the August 18, 2020, the CRA has regained their online presence and are opening their portals one by one. The CRA has stated that they will […]

Jul 14 2020
8 TAX SAVING TIPS

Here are 8 great tax saving tips: Tax Savings Tip #1: Keep complete records Be diligent about your record keeping to avoid lost receipts that can mean missing out on tax deductions.  Keeping electronic copies of scanned receipts can help you stay organized on the go.  KWB recommends using the Receipt Bank app that integrates […]

May 4 2020
CPP Death Benefit and Survivor Payment

CPP death benefit The CPP death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment to the estate of the deceased contributor. The CPP death benefit can be paid to: The Estate of the deceased person The person who paid the funeral expenses A surviving spouse or common law partner A next of kin. The Executor is the first […]

Apr 3 2020
New Protocol for Applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – 3 April 2020

Due to the volume of Canadians applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canadian Revenue Agency has set new protocol for applying: If you were born in January, February or March, you may apply on Mondays If you were born in April, May or June, you may apply on Tuesdays. If you were […]

Apr 1 2020
NEW information – CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit)

CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Update – 1 April 2020 The Government of Canada will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to: workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support. workers who are sick, quarantined, or […]

Mar 23 2020
Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

1. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers? The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 2. Which employers are eligible? You are an eligible employer if you: are a […]

Mar 20 2020
Tax News and Changes – COVID-19

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance announced on March 18th an economic relief package to begin addressing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the economic relief package includes tax relief for individuals and businesses. Filing Deadline Extensions The deadline for filing personal income tax returns will be extended to June […]

Mar 20 2020
Resources for Canadian Businesses – COVID-19

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them, their employees and their families. The Government and public health officials are urging all Canadians to: stay home unless it is absolutely essential […]

Mar 19 2020
To our valued clients and business partners – a KWB announcement

KWB Chartered Professional Accountants has a proactive plan for continued operation in this new environment.  You and our team are our first priority.  We want to inform you of what changes we have made, so we can continue to complete the work you need us to do, while protecting both you and the members of […]

Feb 10 2020
Tax Changes for 2020

The Canadian Revenue Agency recently made some tax changes that may affect you and your business in 2020. ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT Each year, most (but not all) income tax and benefit amounts are indexed to inflation. In early December, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that the inflation rate that will be used to index the […]

Jan 14 2020
5 Things to Consider When Filing Your Tax Return

Here’s a list of some things to avoid when filing your tax return. Follow these tips; they could save you time and money! Filing an income tax and benefit return even if you have no income If you have no income to report, you should still file a return. You may be eligible for a […]

Dec 17 2019
Keeping Receipts & Records

Based on CRA requirements you should be keeping receipts & records and supporting documents at your place of business or your residence in Canada for a period of six years from the end of the last tax year they relate to. You are required by law to keep records if one or more of the […]

Dec 3 2019
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 can help you decide exactly what to do, when to do it, […]

Nov 26 2019
Registering For GST

Do you need to register for GST? Some supplies are exempt from the GST/HST – that is, no GST/HST applies to them. This means that you do not charge the GST/HST on these supplies of property and services, and you are not entitled to claim input tax credits on property and services acquired to provide these supplies. You cannot register for […]

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 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 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 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 […]