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Should I use an RRSP or TFSA as a business owner?

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Last updated: Jan. 25, 2023 
If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, saving for retirement comes with its own set of challenges: You don’t have access to an employer-funded savings plan You’re putting as much of your own money into the business as possible You’re so focused on growth that saving for retirement gets … Read more

How to use income splitting to reduce your tax bill

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Last updated: Jan. 9, 2023  What is income splitting? Within Canada’s graduated tax system, the more income you earn, the more tax you pay. Income splitting is the strategy of redistributing income within a family – usually from a spouse in a higher tax bracket to a spouse in a lower tax bracket – to … Read more

Automobile deduction limits rates announced for 2023

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Last updated: Jan. 5, 2023  The Department of Finance Canada recently announced that automobile leasing and mileage reimbursement and Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) limits have increased, as of January 1 2023. The changes announced are summarized as follows. Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) for Passenger Vehicles The before-tax CCA deduction limits for passenger vehicles (new and … Read more

Do I have to make tax instalment payments?

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Last updated: Dec. 29, 2022  Unfortunately, when it comes to instalment payments, the answer to this question is not so cut and dry. Installment payments are typically calculated using your previous years’ net taxing owing. If your net tax owing was more than $3,000 ($1,800 for Quebec) for 2022, and in either 2021 or 2020, … Read more

Converting an RRSP to an RRIF

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Last updated: Nov. 25, 2022  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

How to keep audit-proof mileage logs that lower your taxes

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Last updated: Nov. 20, 2022  A big perk of using your personal vehicle for business when you’re self-employed is writing off your motor vehicle expenses. But if you’re doing this without keeping a mileage log, the CRA could reject your claims for these expenses. The good news is that by following our advice, you can … Read more

Tax credits for small business owners in Canada

Last updated: Nov. 10, 2022  When you’re a small business owner, every dollar counts. That’s why it’s so important to use every tool available to lower your tax burden, including tax credits. Below, we review the differences between tax deductions and tax credits and highlight some common federal tax credits that may help your small … Read more

Canadian small business tax planning strategies

Last updated: Oct. 31, 2022  *UPDATED FOR 2022* For many Canadian entrepreneurs, there comes that lightbulb moment when they think of a breakthrough idea for a new product or service. While small business owners are passionate about their ideas and want to change the world, they sometimes don’t allocate the time or resources for their … Read more

2022 Canadian Corporate Tax Rates and Deadlines

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Last updated: Oct. 6, 2022  Everything you need to know about 2022 Canadian corporate tax rates and deadlines As we wind down another challenging year of dealing with pandemic fall out and now, historic inflation, the last thing you want to think about is taxes. However, with profit margins tighter than ever, this is exactly … Read more