KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Apr 18 2018
2017 Tax Filing Deadline and KWB office hours

We would like to remind you that for the majority of Canadians, your personal income tax returns should be filed by April 30. It is our desire and intention to complete everyone’s returns by the April 30th deadline. To help with this we are open extended hours until 6:00 PM during the week starting April […]

Apr 17 2018
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 16 2018
Disability Tax Credit

You may qualify for the disability tax credit and not even realize it.  If so, you could collect as much as $2,500 a year in tax savings!!! You do not need to be in a wheelchair to be eligible for the disability tax credit. If someone isn’t able to walk the length of a football field unassisted […]

Feb 20 2018
2018 Tax Rates & Limits

Each year various tax rates, contribution limits, benefit amounts and deduction rates change.  The following is a quick reference guide for 2018. Personal income tax rates and brackets: Federal Taxable income                                  Rate $0 to $46,605                                      15% $46,606 to $93,208                             20.5% $93,209 to $144,489                           26% $144,490 to $205,842                         29% Income over $205,843                        33% After many years […]

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 […]

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.

Mar 29 2016
HOME ACCESSIBILITY TAX CREDIT (HATC)

The 2015 federal budget announced the introduction of a new Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC), beginning in 2016. The HATC is a non-refundable tax credit for qualifying expenses incurred for work performed or goods acquired in respect of a qualifying renovation of an eligible dwelling of a qualifying individual. A qualifying individual and eligible individuals […]

Jan 21 2016
Charitable Giving

If charitable giving is something that you are interested in and you want to see the tax benefits obtained recently by one of our clients, read on for more information.

Jun 23 2015
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 portfolio […]

Jun 16 2015
Tuition and Education Amounts

As a student, you may be wondering what deductions you can make on your tax return. Can you claim the cost of textbooks? Can you transfer your credits to someone else?   What deductions can I claim? There are three credits available: tuition, education, and textbook amounts. These are non-refundable tax credits that can be […]

Feb 3 2015
Child Related Benefits, Expenses and Deductions

There’s great news for 2015 for Canadians with children. Stephen Harper has announced a “child care benefit boost” – which includes an increase to, or return of, the monthly Universal Child Care Benefit cheques and an increase to the amount taxpayers can deduct for child care expenses and the child fitness credit.   Changes to […]

Nov 12 2014
The “Family Tax Cut” credit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver recently announced a “Family Tax Cut” credit which allows certain Canadian families to reduce their overall federal income tax. This relief will be available starting in 2014. The new measure would allow a higher income spouse to shift a portion of their income to a lower […]

Jul 22 2014
Family Caregiver Tax Credit

For 2014, if you have a dependent that you claim under one of the following: Spousal amount (line 303) Equivalent to spouse amount (line 305) The child amount (line 367) The caregiver amount (line 315) The infirm dependant (line 306) And that person is defined as infirmed with an impairment in physical or mental functions […]