Between business and personal taxes, business owners have a lot to prepare for when the end of the fiscal year nears.
For many business owners, tax season is associated with the stresses of deadlines and paperwork. At KWB, our goal is to ease that stress so you can focus on running our business. We help you to plan for tax season in advance, and once it comes around, we take care of all of your filing.
We not only file both your personal and business tax returns, but also look at the two together to get a complete picture of your finances. We help you to understand how personal and business finances intersect, and identify tax minimization strategies for both.
We don’t just limit our tax services to tax season. Throughout the year, we pay attention to your financial situation and aspects of your personal life that might lead to tax savings. For example, we might note that you have paid your son’s university tuition or that your daughter is involved in a sports program and use that information to take advantage of tax credits. We also keep your financial goals in mind so we can help you stay on the right track, even through tax season.
Blog posts about Year-End Reporting
KWB Summary of Relief Programs - Federal and Provincial - 3 April 2020
To our friends, clients, and business partners,
We hope this newsletter finds you well and healthy. The volume of information we’ve received from provincial and federal governments over the last few weeks has been significant and a bit of a moving target, so we’ve put together a summary of all the relief programs that
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - What It Means for Canadian Businesses – 2 April, 2020
help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges
posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed
the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75-per-cent wage
subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15,
wage subsidy aims
Update - The Canada 75 % Wage Subsidy
Minister, Bill Morneau, announced today (April 1st, 2020) that the
75 % wage subsidy would be available within 3-6 weeks time.
What we know so far:
The subsidy is available to all businesses, charities and non-profit organizations as long as they can prove that they have lost 30 % of their revenue
Breaking News for Small - Medium Size Businesses - 27 March 2020
Ottawa hikes wage subsidy to 75% for small and medium-sized businesses
The federal government is hiking its wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses from 10 per cent to 75 per cent, a
move that business leaders have called for amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the payroll subsidy,
New Information from the Alberta Government – 25 March 2020
In addition, it is now mandatory for travellers returning
from outside of Canada to self-isolate. This legal requirement also applies to
close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with
symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose.
“We must do everything we can to protect Albertans
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19
As announced by the Minister of Finance, BDC puts in place additional measures to provide relief for Canadian
March 18, 2020, new relief measures for qualified businesses include:
Working capital loans of up to
$2 million with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements
for qualifying businesses;Flexible repayment terms, such
Support for Employers – New Supports Announced 23/03/2020
Corporate income tax changes
Corporate income tax balances and
instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to
increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and
Education property tax deferral
property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing
Best Practices for Submitting Documents Electronically
We are encouraging you to send us your personal tax
information or corporate records electronically. This guide will assist you through the
process while ensuring your data is secure and well managed.
File Types: We can accept pretty much any file types
(PDF, jpeg, bmp, tiff, png, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
1. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy
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:
Relief for the Energy Sector
Immediate action will protect jobs and provide economic relief to the oil and gas industry
The Government is providing economic relief to Alberta’s energy industry to address challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and declining oil prices due to an international price war. The energy sector supports more than 500,000 jobs across
Support for Albertans – COVID-19
government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and
should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay
their bills so we have put a number of options in place for those struggling
Emergency isolation support
This will be
a temporary program
Support for Employers - Alberta - COVID-19
The Alberta government will provide immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers and employees.
Support for employers
Corporate income tax changes
Corporate income tax balances and
instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to
increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts
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
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
stay home unless it is absolutely
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
3 Best Practices - Achieving Organic Sales Growth
Most business owners would probably agree that, when it comes
to sales, there’s always room for improvement. To this end, every company
should strive for organic sales growth — that is, increases from
existing operations unrelated to a merger or acquisition.
That’s not to say a merger or acquisition is necessarily a
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
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
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
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
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
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
Form T1135 Foreign Income
Form T1135 Foreign Income Verification Statement must be filed if you, your corporation, trust or partnership, owned or held foreign property with a cost amount of more than $100,000 at any time in the year even if some or all of the property was sold before the year of the year.
The form is
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
Applying for a Business Number
A Business Number is a nine-digit identifier provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to each Canadian business.
This number is given to register tax accounts and to make communication with CRA easier. Each legal entity (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or trust) requires one business number and each business number can be registered for
GST Quick Method
The GST Quick Method is available to smaller businesses and is easier, quicker and saves money as compared to the normal method of GST filing.
And since all GST registrants must file GST on either an annual, quarterly or monthly basis it can save a lot of time as well as money.
is easier, quicker and
Controller and CFO Services
Do you think you may need Controller or CFO services? Are you looking for information to help you make good decisions? Are you unsure of what's happening financially in your business?
You need timely, accurate and complete financial information and the people who can figure out what it all means in order to survive
Having good bookkeeping will enable you to make good decisions based on accurate financial information provided to you on a timely basis.
KWB Chartered Accountants offers bookkeeping and similar services. With timely and accurate information we can help you address your issues and make better decisions as a result.
These are definitely tough times, and
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:
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
CRA Service Standards
CRA service standards have been set by the CRA to give you an idea how long it should take to receive a response to your submission.
The CRA service standards for 2017 & 2018 have been released and the turnaround times that Canadians can expect are as follows:
Document or Service
Many companies may experience a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit. Here’s what you need to know:
Types of Audits:
Not all CRA audits are the same! In some cases, they may only want to see records pertaining to one area or it could be a full audit. Here are a few details regarding the different
Statute Barred Period
In general, CRA can reassess tax returns for individuals, trusts and Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC’s) within 3 years from the original Notice of Assessment date. After that, the returns enter a statute barred period.
The typical statute barred period starts 3 years after the Notice of Assessment is issued
A Notice of Assessment is the
Small Business Deduction
The current Small Business Deduction in Canada allows corporations to pay a lower rate of tax on their first $500,000 of active business income. Active business income includes income earned from a company’s regular operations, but excludes other income such as rental or investment income.
Budget 2016 released by the federal government has introduced
Have you ever wondered about CRA statistics like how many tax returns get filed each year or how much Canadians pay in taxes each year? Earlier this year, CRA released their 2014-2015 Annual Report to Parliament which included the following CRA statistics:
28 million tax returns were filed for the 2014 year. Approximately 1% of
How long do you have to file a T1 adjustment?
If you find yourself in a situation where you have filed your personal tax return and then realize that you need to make a change, there are some steps you need to follow.
First, you need to wait until the notice of assessment on your
Top 7 Overlooked Tax Deductions
Are you paying too much in taxes? Are you getting all the tax deductions available for your business?
An effective way to minimize your company’s tax expense, in addition to good planning, is to ensure the company is claiming all of the expenses legitimately allowed under the tax act. Take a look and see if any
CRA Letter Campaign
Every year CRA conducts reviews and audits to sample and educate tax payers on tax compliance, and 2016 will be no different.
CRA estimates that approximately 30,000 letters will be sent out across Canada this year. These letters will give you information about certain claims you have made on one or more of your
Here are some common myths about our personal tax system:
Myth: The CRA completely agrees with the information you submitted in your return if it sends you back a Notice of Assessment that agrees to what you filed.
A Notice of Assessment is just the result of a quick assessment that will have fixed any
CRA Online Mail
Tired of waiting for snail mail? The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) now allows you to receive some of their correspondence electronically through their My Account service.
What correspondence does this apply to?
Notices of Assessment (issued after February 9, 2015)
Notices of Reassessment (issued after February 9, 2015)
Tax Free Savings Account letters (issued after
You may not be aware that you or your business are required to remit quarterly or monthly tax instalments to CRA. And it is likely that if the instalments are not made, you will be charged interest and penalties
Goods and services tax instalments
You are required to pay GST instalments if your net
CRA Requirements for Keeping Financial Information
You are required by law to keep records if one or more of the following situations apply:
You operate a business in Canada
You have to file an income tax return (i.e. corporate or personal)
You have to file a GST return
You filed for a GST rebate
You have a trust
Alberta Corporate Tax Rate Changes
In addition to personal income tax increases, the Alberta NDP government has also increased general corporate tax rates.
However, businesses that earn $500,000 or less of active business income will not be affected by the tax increases due to an offsetting increase to the Alberta small business deduction rate. Businesses that have more than
Alberta Personal Income Tax Changes
On June 30, 2015, the Alberta government passed Bill 2, An Act to Restore Fairness to Public Revenues.
The bill has created a progressive personal income tax rate structure for higher income earners. Effective for 2015 and subsequent tax years, four new tax brackets and rates will be introduced:
Taxable income of $125,000 to
Corporate expenses - What can you deduct?
Often deductible business expenses are overlooked or missed as business owners are unsure whether they are deductible.
A business expense is any cost incurred by the company to generate income. These expenses must be supported by physical documents such as invoices, purchase contracts, sales receipt, etc. If cash is used to purchase items, it is
Companies with Internet Based Sales
Do you sell any products or services online?
If your answer is yes, the CRA has introduced a new form that needs to be filed with your corporate tax return. Schedule 88 on Internet Business Activities is required if your business earns income from any websites, or is involved in any of the following: