Income Splitting Using a Family Trust As discussed and referenced in previous blog posts, a successful corporation with surplus retained earnings can reap large tax-saving benefits from income splitting when done with spouse and children. When the owner/shareholder of a business wishes to take advantage of income splitting opportunities as his children reach adult age, the easiest and most economical way to accomplish this is by restructuring the existing share classes and holdings. Ideally, ... Read More
The 13.5% Corporate Tax Rate I have discussed or referenced in many corporate tax planning blogs that the biggest benefit to being an incorporated Canadian business is that the first $500,000 in corporate profits is taxed at a low 13.5% corporate tax rate. Professionals and their net profits from an incorporate practice also benefit from this corporate tax rate.
Tax Planning Problem for Professional PartnershipsHowever, many professionals work in a partnership business structure where ... Read More
Income Splitting Pre Planning We are now firmly into the 2015 calendar year and with the New Year come new tax laws aimed at reducing your family’s tax burden (eg. recently announced family tax cuts) and changes to existing tax laws that reduce old benefits (eg. higher personal taxes on ineligible dividends).
Ineligible DividendsIneligible dividends are essentially the type of dividends that most profitable Canadian small business owners get from their corporations. They represent the ... 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
Vancouver Tax Audit Services: the CRA's Negligence Penalty The CTV news show W5 aired an episode on February 9, 2014 called Punitive Penalties about a program named the Fiscal Arbitrators where 1804 Canadian taxpayers paid thousands of dollars to be part of what they thought was a legal tax scheme. The scheme did not end well as the participating taxpayers were later reassessed by CRA. The “news” part of this story is that CRA also slapped the taxpayers involved with gross negligence ... Read More
This law comes into effect July 1 – less than three weeks away!
What is “Spam”?Essentially, it’s unsolicited electronic mail and/or communications. That “junk” folder in your inbox, you know, the one you never open? It’s likely full of spam. At the core, “spam” is about electronic commerce regulation, which means that it should be important to virtually every small business in Canada. The latest Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) makes three significant changes to the way you ... Read More
Maybe your business has been struggling since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, or better yet, maybe the business has become more profitable every year since due to better management practices and branding. Despite progress or track record, maybe your finding that the relationships between the two or more shareholders involved in your business are strained, and this could be for various reasons. For example, one shareholder may not be pulling their weight because of personal issues while another ... Read More