KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Jun 26 2018
TFSA

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to save more money, then the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) may be a good option for you to use. Learn more about the TFSA rules and limits.

Jun 19 2018
Impact of late filing your corporate tax return

If you are late filing your corporate tax return by more than three years, any overpayment is considered statute barred under the Canadian Income Tax Act (Section 164(1)). This means that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not issue the refund to the corporation. In addition, the corporation cannot apply for tax payer relief to […]

May 22 2018
Quickbooks ProAdvisor

There are many benefits that KWB receives as a member of the Quickbooks ProAdvisor program and can pass along to you. Read about what they are, including some potential cost savings for you.

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: […]

Apr 3 2018
Changes to the Principal Residence Exemption

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) made a major change to the Principal Residence Exemption that affected Canadians when filing their 2016 tax returns. Regardless of whether the sale is exempt or not, individuals are now be required to report the sale of their principal residence on their personal tax return. Under the Principal Residence Exemption […]

Mar 6 2018
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.

Feb 13 2018
Split Income

Proposals from the Department of Finance on July 18, 2017 included changes to the taxation of split income. The most common form of split income is income from a dividend from a related entity that is not excluded from being categorized as such. Prior to 2018, shareholders of privately held companies over the age of […]

Dec 12 2017
Allowable Business Investment Loss

An allowable business investment loss can arise in many ways: 1)      Through a disposition of shares in a small business corporation 2)      Through a disposition of debt owed to you by a small business corporation 3)      When amounts that you have loaned to a small business corporation become uncollectible, or the corporation has gone bankrupt, […]

Oct 24 2017
Triplog

Triplog is a great tool if you are tired of tracking your mileage every time you get in the car. Especially if you aren’t claiming mileage as an expense because you forgot to check the odometer or write down your trips in a log book. This app easily integrates with Quickbooks Online Triplog is an […]