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Do I have to make tax instalment payments?

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Last updated: Dec. 29, 2022 
Unfortunately, when it comes to instalment payments, the answer to this question is not so cut and dry. Installment payments are typically calculated using your previous years’ net taxing owing. If your net tax owing was more than $3,000 ($1,800 for Quebec) for 2022, and in either 2021 or 2020, then … Read more

Converting an RRSP to an RRIF

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Last updated: Nov. 25, 2022 
You’ve been saving money for years in your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and now it’s time to cash in. You could take out all the money at once if you wanted, but it’s a better idea to convert the RRSP to a registered retirement investment fund (RRIF). The RRIF will … Read more

Tax credits for small business owners in Canada

Last updated: Nov. 10, 2022 
When you’re a small business owner, every dollar counts. That’s why it’s so important to use every tool available to lower your tax burden, including tax credits. Below, we review the differences between tax deductions and tax credits and highlight some common federal tax credits that may help your small businesses … Read more

Do corporate loans count as taxable income?

Last updated: Nov. 4, 2022 
*UPDATED FOR 2022* When shareholders or employees borrow money from a corporation, that money is generally considered taxable income. But this rule, like many tax rules, has exceptions. Shareholders and employees can borrow funds from their corporations for many different reasons. Unfortunately, they may end up with significant taxes owing because … Read more

Canadian small business tax planning strategies

Last updated: Oct. 31, 2022 
*UPDATED FOR 2022* For many Canadian entrepreneurs, there comes that lightbulb moment when they think of a breakthrough idea for a new product or service. While small business owners are passionate about their ideas and want to change the world, they sometimes don’t allocate the time or resources for their taxes. … Read more

2022 Canadian Corporate Tax Rates and Deadlines

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Last updated: Oct. 6, 2022 
Everything you need to know about 2022 Canadian corporate tax rates and deadlines As we wind down another challenging year of dealing with pandemic fall out and now, historic inflation, the last thing you want to think about is taxes. However, with profit margins tighter than ever, this is exactly the … Read more

What is a Shareholder Loan?

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Last updated: Aug. 11, 2022 
As Canadian interest rates continue to soar, the idea of taking out a loan from your corporation at no or low interest may be increasingly appealing. But, before you start using a shareholder loan account, it’s important that you understand the associated tax impact and implications. While shareholder loans may initially … Read more

How to protect yourself against fake CRA scams and fraud

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Last updated: Apr. 11, 2022 
It seems we hear about victims of fake Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scams daily. Unfortunately, there are bad actors that take advantage of stressed out people (especially at tax time) who may not immediately recognize that they’re being scammed. In fact, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has reported that this year alone … Read more

5 mistakes business owners make at tax time

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Last updated: Feb. 25, 2022 
Many business owners don’t know what deductions they can claim, or how important it is to keep their personal and business finances separate. They don’t have time to keep track of all the rules and CRA regulations, so sometimes they end up making mistakes that cost them precious time, and … Read more