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Tax planning proposals: Letter response to attack on family, small business

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments
Letter to MP, MPP on tax planning proposals

With the federal government’s recent release of a series of tax planning proposals(see Tax Planning Using Private Corporations), they read squarely as an attack on small business, family business, and real estate investors. We have discussed the impacts of these tax planning proposals in detail both on this blog, and through a detailed article and […]

Corporate tax planning proposals attack on family businesses, investors

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants 7 Comments
Corporate Tax Planning proposals announced by Liberal government attack on family business and investors

Business owners were warned in the 2017 Federal Budget that discussion papers were coming to consider corporate tax planning. But with the release of the Liberal government’s Tax Planning Using Private Corporations proposals on July 18, few advisors dreamed of the level the government would attack small business owners, family businesses, and investors. Not only […]

Real estate & construction industry: Budget sets sights on business owners & investors

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants 1 Comment
Budget 2017 and the Real Estate and Construction Industries

For those in the real estate and construction industries, it’s what wasn’t in the 2017 Federal Budget that should give pause for concern. While money for a national housing strategy is a plus, the potential attacks on key tax planning tools for business owners is worrisome. In contrast to the prior two budgets, this budget […]

7 must-read tax season tips for real estate investors

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments
Tax tips for real estate investors

As a real estate investor, what should your real estate accountant be advising you about for the 2016 tax season, and the coming of 2017? We previously published this post last year, but with changes that have occurred in 2016, we thought it was worth reviewing, and updating with the latest information. 1) NEW for 2016: Principal […]

GST/HST New Housing Rebate: 4 things every real estate investor must know

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Calculating GST/HST rebates

Receiving a GST/HST new housing rebate can mean a substantial chunk of money back in a real estate investors pocket to re-invest. However, the new housing rebate forms and process has some built-in difficulties that can mean the money that should be coming to you will stay firmly in the government’s hands. While the process […]

3 GST/HST areas to navigate when constructing multi-unit residential buildings

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants 4 Comments
Paperwork

GST/HST issues surrounding building multi-unit residential complexes are questions that have a large impact on cash flow and costs. Savvy real estate investors and builders coordinate the intricacies of GST/HST issues with their real estate accountants as  a matter of course to avoid surprises. Builders and investors must consider at least three GST/HST areas when constructing a residential […]

Moving real estate to corporate ownership: 7 tips you need to know

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants 16 Comments
Real estate investors discuss with real estate accountants whether properties should be moved to a corporation

The number one question for real estate accountants after “should I incorporate” is “can I move my properties to my company from my personal name?” Moving your personally owned rentals is not a “moving job” that should be undertaken without a great deal of thinking ahead and planning. You must ensure your real estate accountant, lawyer, and […]

Agreements-for-sale and rent-to-owns: Navigating the quagmire of tax implications

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Tax implications of RTOs and agreements for sale

We see a growing number of investors who are acquiring real estate beyond the traditional “buy-and-hold” strategy or, even more popular, using a mix of techniques. Two examples of such techniques include using “agreements for sale” (AFS) and “rent-to-own” (RTO) agreements. But, one critical note for these strategies is that the tax implications associated with […]

Joint ventures: 5 tips for real estate investors to stay onside with the tax man

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
joint ventures, real estate accounting and staying onside with CRA

When dealing with joint ventures, as a real estate investor you understand that talking about what really matters, and then having a clear written record, is a key part of the process. Your real estate accountant will also tell you that the words you use to describe your joint venture, and the joint venture agreements […]

10 key lessons for real estate investors on capital vs income when arguing with the CRA: From intention to integrity

Posted on: March 26th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
CRA court case - a real estate accountant provides perspective

Selling a property is an opportunity for you as a real estate investor, but can also be an opportunity for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). A recent court case revolving around capital vs. income provides an interesting case study for real estate investors with 10 key lessons, including those on intention, integrity, and reliable records […]