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How to use income splitting to reduce your tax bill

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Last updated: Oct. 11, 2021 
What is income splitting? Income splitting is the strategy of moving income from a family member in a higher tax bracket to a family member in a lower tax bracket. Since Canada has a graduated income tax system, the idea is to reduce the overall family tax burden. But since the … Read more

Choosing the right business structure

Last updated: Oct. 8, 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

Benefits of incorporating a small business in Canada

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021 
When it comes to tax planning for Canadian small business owners, it might make sense to incorporate your business. As a Canadian business owner, you should be looking for ways to minimize your tax burden and maximize your after-tax income. Incorporating a business can do just that. The primary tax … Read more

Do I have to make tax instalment payments?

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  If you’re an employee and your employment is your main source of income, there’s a good chance you won’t have to make quarterly instalment payments since your employer is required to withhold payroll deductions. But if you earn income that doesn’t have tax withheld on it, like self-employment, rental or … Read more

How to keep a CRA mileage log for vehicle expenses

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  If you’re self-employed and using your vehicle for business use, are you keeping a mileage log? If you’re audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and you don’t have one, the CRA could reject your claims for motor vehicle expenses. Avoid CRA scrutiny with our tips and tricks on keeping … Read more

Top small business tax deductions

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, you know how quickly business expenses can add up. Luckily, there are plenty of tax deductions you can take advantage of to lower your taxes. We’ve compiled this list to make sure you’re not overlooking any of the tax deductions available to … Read more

Tax implications of COVID-19 programs

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

Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  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 your 2020 tax return? Will you have to pay additional … Read more

What you need to know about small business tax filing

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  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

Converting an RRSP to an RRIF

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Last updated: Oct. 8, 2021  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 … Read more