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Why incorporated truck drivers need a tax consultant

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Last updated: May. 16, 2021 
Life on the road is different. Running a business from your cab is an experience that few people who sit behind desks or work from home even begin to comprehend. Layer in the fact that you’ve incorporated your business and are trying to manage all the additional paperwork, while juggling a … Read more

Tax deductions for Canadian farmers

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Last updated: May. 12, 2021 
Most of the tax rules that apply to Canadian small business owners also apply to farmers and agricultural producers. There are however some expenses, tax deductions and write-offs that apply specifically to income earned through agricultural activities that will help lower your tax bill. Expenses, tax deductions and write-offs for Canadian … Read more

How to protect yourself against fake CRA scams and fraud

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Last updated: May. 12, 2021 
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 CRA has reported that this year alone (as of … Read more

Does your incorporated business have a minute book?

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Last updated: May. 11, 2021 
Keeping a minute book is a legal requirement for all Canadian incorporated businesses. It is used to fulfill the requirements of the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) by documenting the corporation’s activities. Minute books can be subject to government review to ensure your business is in compliance. What is a minute … Read more

Tax credits for small business owners in Canada

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Last updated: May. 3, 2021 
As a small business owner, you should always take advantage of the tax credits available to you. As tax season rolls around, you should make a point of checking what’s available to you, ensure your eligibility and that you’re applying them properly. There are tax credits available at both the federal … Read more

What are the tax deadlines and why should I file on time?

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Last updated: Apr. 30, 2021 
Take note of the tax filing and payment deadlines for 2021 so you don’t end up paying interest or penalties on late filing or payments. Individual tax deadlines Individual tax returns are typically due April 30 each year. If you or your spouse or common-law partner carried on a business in … Read more

Choosing the right business structure

Last updated: Apr. 29, 2021 
Congratulations! You’ve decided to start your own business. There’s probably a million different things running through your head right now. And before you order business cards and a World’s Best Boss mug for your desk, you’ll have to give some thought to business structure. Sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations are the … Read more

Do corporate loans count as taxable income?

Last updated: Apr. 29, 2021 
When shareholders or employees borrow money from a corporation, that money is generally considered taxable income. But this rule, like many CRA rules, has exceptions. Many shareholders and employees borrow funds from their corporations for a number of different reasons or end-uses. Unfortunately, many end up with significant taxes owing because … Read more

Salary or dividends: Which one is right for me?

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Last updated: Apr. 28, 2021 
There are 3 ways to take money out of a corporation: Through a shareholder loan (must be repaid) Through dividends By paying yourself a salary As a business owner/manager, you can pay yourself a salary, dividends, or do a mix of both. The method you use to pay yourself personally from … Read more