Leaving Canada? Make sure you stay on-side with the Canadian tax man…

Posted on: October 20th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Canadian emigrating

Are you planning to leave Canada for the foreseeable future? While we will certainly miss you, you do still have some tax filings to complete, and you may have continued tax filing obligations after you leave. We’ve outlined a few of these key decisions and filing requirements below. Would I be considered a non-resident for […]

Do I have to pay my instalments to CRA?

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments
Paying cash doesn't pay

We are often asked, “Do I have to pay my instalments to CRA?” Usually we get a flurry of these questions after the instalment letters go out  from the CRA containing remittance slips and instalment schedules. (Although our clients also get an instalment schedule in their tax package.) The answers below apply to both personal taxes […]

CPP and 65 – Opting out

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

A number of Canadians are working well into their retirement. And, if you’re 65, or who employ someone who is 65, you need to be aware of a very specific rule. Although this rule was changed in 2012, we still find clients who are caught off guard by it. Up until 2012, once you turned […]

Hey – what’s this annual filing notice reminder from Corporations Canada?

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Annual Filing Federal

Have you ever received an annual filing notice reminder via email from Corporations Canada? If you have a federally incorporated company, you should definitely receive this at least once a year. But, frequently we get questions from our clients about this annual filing email or letter. Often, people wonder, “Hey, I thought you guys had already […]

Making corporate loans for foreign investments? Understanding “deemed interest” charges is key

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

This article will be the first in a series related to the Canadian tax implications of Canadians investing in foreign countries, with a particular emphasis on the United States. As the series develops we expect that updates will be made to the previously published articles. Are you making corporate loans for foreign investments? Then, understanding […]

No printing required: How to sign your tax “paperwork” digitally

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants 1 Comment
Sign here

Many of our clients have moved to sending and receiving all of their “paperwork”, such as tax returns, financial statements, and bookkeeping, electronically through our secure client portal. However, we often need signed documents back from you, which allows us to efile returns, for example, or communicate with the Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf. This means the documents need […]

The Smith Manoeuvre: Making “bad” interest “good”

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Good interest

One of the largest expenses we have tends to be the mortgage on our home. Following traditional rules, we are limited to deducting at best a small percentage of the interest where we use a home office for business purposes. However, using non-traditional planning, we are able to deduct potentially 100% of the interest costs. […]

Not everybody likes us on Facebook: What happens when a client relationship goes wrong and how do you fix it?

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Broken window

Many of our clients are business owners, whether real estate, technology, manufacturing, medical, or more. But the common thread is that we are all providing a customer service. And, yes, we all make mistakes in customer service. So what happens when a relationship goes wrong in our connected world? And, how do you fix it? […]

Vehicle expenses – simplified logbook for deductions? Think again!

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants 2 Comments

Doing a logbook for all your motor vehicle expenses is hard work. You have to consistently record the trips you make related to your real estate business, such as driving to and from Home Hardware to buy paint supplies or from your business to meet a customer. In 2010, the Canada Revenue Agency introduced a […]

9 ways to get fired by your accountant

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

You work hard to find and develop that perfect “power team” of advisors to help your business grow. So, getting a “dear john” letter from your accountant (or lawyer, mortgage broker, financial advisor, or realtor) may come as a complete shock to you. You may say, “How did this happen? What went wrong? That complete […]