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New T4 reporting requirements for the 2020 tax year

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Last year was different. The federal government introduced several support programs to help employers cope with the impacts of the pandemic. As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has their work cut out for them when it comes to validating payments for support programs. It doesn’t just affect them – as an employer, you’ll … Read more

Ontario Budget Report 2020

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The Ontario government unveiled its 2020-21 budget on Nov. 5, 2020, amid a backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic fallout. Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips anticipates a deficit of $38.5 billion for 2020–21 and projects deficits for each of the next two years. The budget contains several tax measures affecting individuals … Read more

8 benefits of hiring a professional bookkeeper

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As a small business owner, you need accurate and up-to-date financial information so you can make the best decisions for your business. As your business grows and you hire employees, or take on more customers, keeping track of your business expenses and ensuring your books are accurate becomes more complex and time-consuming. It’s a lot … Read more

Capital Cost Allowance for Farmers

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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 capital cost allowance? Farm owners … Read more

Why you need a year-end tax plan

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In our last few articles we’ve highlighted elevated government spending programs and the inevitable increase in the accumulated debt to alleviate the worst economic impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both current and former senior civil servants, economists and at least one former prime minister are all predicting that while these spending programs have … Read more

CRA shuts down online services after cyberattacks

CRA data breach: what you need to know

The CRA has temporarily shut down its online services after thousands of accounts were compromised by cyberattacks. The attacks targeted the CRA and GCKEY, an online portal where Canadians can access services such as employment insurance and veterans’ benefits. The Canadian government says the attacks were a form of “credential stuffing.” “These attacks, which used … Read more

Potential tax implications of COVID-19 spending

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Former governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge, writing on behalf of the C.D. Howe Institute while referring to the government’s financial response to COVID-19, said the right decisions were probably made at the time. However, the report also stated that the government must implement a plan to “restore fiscal maneuvering room” as soon … Read more

Work-space-in-the-home expenses for remote employees

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Hundreds of thousands of Canadians transitioned to working from home when the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic. If you’re one of them, you know that working from home comes with its own costs (heating, electricity, maintenance). As a small business owner, you can deduct expenses for the business use of a work space in … Read more