2017 Federal Budget Commentary

The Federal Government’s 2017–18 Budget gives Canadians a taste of what they might expect over the next couple of years: attempted efficiencies, closed tax loopholes, steady deficits, and a touch of caution. Budget 2017 outlines only $200 million in net new spending, but also an increase to the deficit of more than $5 billion for 2017–18, partly due to commitments from the previous budget, reduced revenues and increased general expenses.

The projected deficit for 2017–18 is $28.5 billion, declining to $18.8 billion by 2021–22 (including an annual $3 billion contingency fund). However, if the government’s strong growth scenario plays out…
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Income Tax Filing Alert: Important Changes Beginning in 2016

Be aware of the changes that affect your 2016 income tax filing and beyond.

As you gather your 2016 tax data together for your CPA, take a few moments to read about the following changes and assess the impact they may have on you and your family’s filing for 2016 and after.

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Management – Life is a Gamble

An insurance plan today can support your business and family tomorrow.

No one, with the possible exception of a professional gambler, expects to build a reserve of funds by gambling. Nevertheless, purchasing or not purchasing life insurance is a gamble in itself. If you buy life insurance, you only win if you die early because the insurance pays off your debts; if you don’t purchase life insurance, you only win if you live a very long life and pay off your debts without having paid life insurance premiums. What you must decide is whether you want to gamble that you…

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Taxation – Available for Use

Operating an Automobile for Business and Personal Use Has Tax Consequences

Purchasing or leasing an automobile in the company name and allowing employees to drive the automobile has tax consequences that may require owner-managers to add a taxable benefit to the employee’s T4.

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Moneysaver – Penny-Pinching Pays

Playing Scrooge is not just for Christmas any more.

Even though penny-pinching is harder to do today without any pennies, the concept remains valid and is especially applicable to the expenses incurred by small businesses. Here are a few ideas to improve the bottom line.

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Trademarks for Your Business

Protect your business by registering proprietary names as trademarks.

If you want to protect the unique name of your business, website or domain name, logo, product or service name, or company slogan, you may wish to apply for a trademark.
What Is a Trademark?
According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office:

“A trademark is a combination of letters, words, sounds or designs that distinguishes one company’s goods or services from those of others in the marketplace. A trademark is unique. It is important to a company because over time, a trademark comes to stand not only for the actual goods…

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Corporate Year End

Before choosing a date for your year end, think about the date that works best for your kind of business.

When entrepreneurs incorporate their businesses under their respective provincial articles of incorporation, often, little thought is given to the date for the fiscal year end. Many company founders unconsciously identify the company’s fiscal year end with the calendar year end of December 31, and therefore automatically select this date. After the articles of incorporation have been issued, the business may choose any date as year end provided the number of days of the fiscal year do not exceed 371. Conventional…

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Technology for Seniors

Innovative software relieves the burden of looking after elderly parents.

Many owner-managers in their thirties and forties or even older not only have to run their businesses but also have to look after growing children as well as aging parents. These owner-managers are part of the so-called “sandwich generation,” trying to be successful business people but also caught between two levels of family responsibility. First, they have to cope with the physical and mental exhaustion of the job, then take on the responsibilities of caring for parents who might have reached the “critical-needs” point in their lives. Add to that…

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Consider 2017

Look beyond revenue for profit growth.

Businesses are already looking toward 2017 and considering what has to be done to keep profits growing. The Canadian economy is expected to grow at only 1.5% according to a prediction by the Conference Board of Canada, which claims that “…there are plenty of headwinds for Canada’s economic growth prospects:

  • Investment in the oil and gas sector is still falling.
  • Non-energy investment is lacklustre, so Canada may soon face lack of capacity in manufacturing.
  • Canadian consumer spending may not improve because incomes aren’t rising sufficiently.
  • Consumers are also stretched thin with debt.
  • Growth…

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Taxation – For the Record

Complete, accurate and readable records will make a CRA audit less onerous.
Regardless of whether your business is a proprietorship, a partnership or an incorporated company, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires the business to maintain financial books and records. Here are a few of the CRA’s record-keeping requirements you should know.
Only in Canada, eh?
The CRA requires that records must be kept in Canada, either at your place of business or your residence. If your head office is in Canada and your books and records are stored electronically outside the country and accessed by your…

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