Year-End Reporting

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.

We help you to understand how personal and business finances intersect, and identify tax minimization strategies for both.

Our year-end reporting services cover the following areas:

  • Business and personal tax returns
  • Tax planning
  • Compliance
  • Strategies for allocating salaries
  • Recommendations for bookkeeping and operations

Blog posts about Year-End Reporting

Apr 3 2020
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

Apr 2 2020
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - What It Means for Canadian Businesses – 2 April, 2020

To 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, 2020. This wage subsidy aims

Apr 1 2020
Update - The Canada 75 % Wage Subsidy

Finance 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

Mar 27 2020
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, as well

Mar 26 2020
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

Mar 25 2020
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 entrepreneurs. Effective 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

Mar 24 2020
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 continue operations. Education property tax deferral Education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing

Mar 24 2020
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.) Image Quality: 

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

Mar 23 2020
Relief for the Energy Sector

Immediate action will protect jobs and provide economic relief to the oil and gas industry Overview 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

Mar 20 2020
Support for Albertans – COVID-19

The Alberta government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. Albertans 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 financially. Emergency isolation support This will be a temporary program

Mar 20 2020
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

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

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

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

Feb 28 2020
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 bad idea

Jun 11 2019
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

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

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

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

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

Aug 7 2018
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

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

Jun 5 2018
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

Apr 24 2018
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

Mar 30 2018
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

Mar 22 2018
Bookkeeping Services

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

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

Nov 21 2017
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 Turnaround   Time

Jul 25 2017
CRA Audit

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

Mar 14 2017
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

Dec 13 2016
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

Dec 6 2016
CRA Statistics

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

Oct 25 2016
T1 Adjustment

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

Aug 23 2016
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

May 24 2016
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

Apr 19 2016
Tax Myths

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

Mar 22 2016
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

Dec 8 2015
Tax Instalments

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

Dec 1 2015
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 Note: The

Sep 22 2015
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

Sep 1 2015
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

Aug 4 2015
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

Aug 19 2014
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: -         

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