Death of a family member is one of the most stressful events in life. To compound the grief, there are final tax matters to deal with either by April 30th of the following year or 6 months after the date of death.
What To Do Upon The Death of a Taxpayer?Upon the death of a taxpayer, at a minimum, there is a final return (“terminal return”) to be filed with the CRA and three optional returns to be filed if desired. In addition, a trust return to report income received after death is ... Read More
As we reach the mid-point of the 2017 calendar year, it has been a good financial year for many British Columbian investors. Real estate gains continue and, for equity investors, the stock market has been on a tear since the fall of 2016. Vancouver Corporate Tax Planning With the conclusion of the personal tax-filing season, summer and fall is the time for corporate tax planning. The one tax planning item that should be looked at this year, due to such favorable macro-financial conditions, is ... Read More
Should rental properties be held personally or in a corporation?With the real estate in such high demand in Vancouver, Canada, many Vancouverites are buying investment properties either to generate rental income and/or participate in capital appreciation. The dilemma commonly faced is whether or not the rental unit(s) should be held personally or in a corporation?
Personal ownership makes more senseAlthough there are many pros, cons and legal considerations that come with ... Read More
Self-prepared returns are easy targetsIt is no secret that the Canadian government and the CRA have recently been finding new ways to raise revenue. In recent years, the CRA has devoted more resources towards identifying common filing errors in order to reassess additional taxes, interest and penalties to taxpayers. Statistically, the CRA is aware that tax returns prepared by the taxpayer or unlicensed professional accountants are more likely to contain errors, intentional or ... Read More
Small business corporate tax rates in BC heading downwardsSeveral changes to tax legislation announced in the 2015 Canadian federal budget were recently granted Royal Assent. A measure that is highly relevant for small businesses in BC going forward is the gradual decrease in the combined federal and provincial corporate tax rates over the next 4 years, which are as follows: 13.5 % - present rate 13.0 % - effective January 1, 2016 12.5 % - effective January 1, 2017 12.0 % - ... Read More
Fraud costs billions of dollars to Canadian small businesses each year. A common source of fraud comes from a person external to the organization such as a customer using a stolen credit card. However, for many small and medium-sized enterprises who are victims of fraud, the perpetrator can also be the trusted employee. The biggest reason that smaller enterprises are vulnerable to employee fraud is that they do not have the resources to implement strong internal controls in their financial ... Read More
Canadian corporations enjoy a 13.5% corporate tax rate on the first $500,000 of taxable income from active business due to the small business deduction. Therefore, it makes sense for a corporation to structure its business affairs in ways that can take full advantage of this favourable tax rate. The majority of Canadian businesses qualify for the above benefit. However, some “consultants” who may have incorporated their service businesses may be taking advantage of the low corporate tax rate, ... Read More
Are you one of the many IT professionals currently working in the booming tech sector in the Vancouver area? You may be paying too many unnecessary taxes! Here are some helpful tips, courtesy of your Vancouver Chartered Accountants at Mew and Company: Determine if you are in fact self-employed under CRA’s definition. The RC4110 guide from CRA is written for laymen and is easy to understand. If you do not meet the definition of “self-employed” using the criteria listed in this guide, but you ... Read More
How U.S. Executives Working in Canada Are Required To File Their Tax Returns Many U.S. executives move to Canada, for both brief and prolonged periods, to manage Canadian head offices for multinational or parent companies. During their time in Canada, these executives become full time residents and are therefore required to file a Canadian tax return. Unlike Canada, the U.S. tax system is based on U.S. citizenship, and therefore the U.S. executive is burdened with the requirement to file both a ... Read More