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TFSA limit for 2021 announced

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Now that we’ve entered a new year, it’s a good time to plan for your annual tax-free savings account (TFSA) contribution. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced a new TFSA limit for 2021.

Tax implications of COVID-19 programs

Business Owner at Laptop Tax Implications of Covid-19 Government Programs

Last updated Feb. 16, 2021. We will update blog posts when more information is released. Did your business take advantage of federal COVID-19 programs in 2020? If so, questions are likely racing through your mind about the tax implications of receiving benefits from the various programs. What do you need to report as income on … Read more

Ontario Budget Report 2020

Ontario Flag Budget Update

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

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

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

What your small business needs to know about COVID-19

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Last updated July 28, 2020. We will update blog posts when more information is released. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. The World Health Organization says everyone must play a role to stop the spread of the disease. This includes businesses and … Read more

Late filing penalties for small business taxes

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Last updated Feb. 16, 2021.  While the federal government extended tax filing and payment deadlines in 2020 to provide some short-term relief to Canadians grappling with the pandemic, it’s unlikely they’ll extend them again in 2021. Take note of the tax deadlines for 2021 so you don’t end up paying interest or penalties on late filing or … Read more