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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

Capital Cost Allowance for Farmers

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Last updated: Feb. 21, 2022  If you need to buy a major capital asset like a building, machinery or equipment to use in your farming business, consider buying it before the end of your fiscal year to claim tax depreciation, or capital cost allowance (CCA), to reduce your income on your tax return. What is … Read more

What self-employed contractors need to know about taxes

What Canadian Self-Employed Contractors Need to Know

Last updated: Feb. 13, 2022  Are you an employee or self-employed contractor? There’s a big difference, and understanding the differences between the two can have a significant impact on your income tax. If you’re working as a self-employed, independent contractor or thinking of becoming one, here are some things you should know. What is a … Read more

Tax deductions for Canadian farmers

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Last updated: Jan. 29, 2022  Most of the tax rules that apply to Canadian business owners also apply to farmers and agricultural producers. There are however some expenses, tax deductions and write-offs that apply specifically to employment income earned through agricultural activities that will help lower your business tax bill. Expenses, tax deductions and write-offs … Read more

What you need to know about small business tax filing

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Last updated: Jan. 23, 2022  If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, getting ready for tax filing can be daunting. You already have a lot on your plate from running your business. And you need to keep on top of deadlines and tax changes, and hunt down your receipts, slips and other documents. We … Read more

What is the TFSA limit for 2022?

Last updated: Jan. 5, 2022  We’re nearing the end of 2021 and it’s a good time to think about building up your tax-free savings account (TFSA).  If you haven’t already opened an account, you may want to consider starting one. We’ve covered the TFSA rules and how you can take advantage of this investment option … Read more

What you need to know about Bill C-208

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Last updated: Jan. 5, 2022  Bill C-208 passed royal assent at the end of June. Since then, there has been some confusion on its application and what the legislation will and will not permit. Canada’s Finance Minister has now confirmed that the bill is federal law, but there are intentions to amend it in November … Read more