May 15, 2020 Update
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May 15, 2020 Update

This week has brought another program to assist business owners (not sole proprietors), who did not qualify or were turned down for the Canada Emergency Business Account loan ($40K). This is an interest free loan, with a forgivable component (if certain conditions are met). Mind you, the contribution is also taxable. The “Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)” is delivered to Western Canadian businesses through the Western Economic Diversification Fund (WD).  The funding available is…

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Update May 8

75% wage subsidy program (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy “CEWS”) Please see the following link to our newsletter provider for important clarifications. Such as what is defined as eligible wages (dividends do not count), periods for the calculation and other items.  https://www.videotax.com/web-tips-articles/cews-faq-updated-partnerships Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Increase Families will receive an additional $300 per child as a one time increase to May’s payment.  https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/03/families-receive-increased-support-through-canada-child-benefit Province of BC, $1,000 Emergency Benefit for workers On May 1st, applications…

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COVID-19 Response

Click here for our May 8, 2020 update. Click here for Government Information regarding Covid-19. Our office is closed to the public and we are unable to offer an estimated time your tax return will be completed – we will call you when it is ready. Staff members are working from home and will not receive voice messages. If you have information or questions please contact them by email. If you have not brought in…

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Trusts for Disabled Beneficiaries: Good News!

One common planning technique for disabled individuals involves the use of a trust under which the trustees possess ultimate discretion over any distributions to be made. In other words, the beneficiary has no enforceable right to receive any distributions from the trust unless or until the trustees exercise their discretion in the beneficiary’s favour. The intent of such a trust is that the trust assets not be considered assets of the beneficiary, such that they…

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Employment Expenses: Costs of an Assistant

A November 5, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case reviewed the deductibility of employment expenses by a manager overseeing the Canadian sales force and operations of a multinational manufacturer of dental instruments and products. The taxpayer’s employer had no Canadian office, and she travelled extensively to meet with sales representatives, dealers and customers throughout Canada. Expense of assistant Almost half of the taxpayer’s claimed expenses, which exceeded $80,000, related to her husband’s role as her…

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Unclaimed Bank Deposits or Property

Unclaimed property refers to accounts at banks, financial institutions, and other organizations where there has been no activity generated or contact with the owner for a period. Typical forms of unclaimed property can include chequing or savings accounts, term deposits, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), bank drafts, traveller’s cheques, money orders, and certified cheques. A number of different organizations (depending on the governing legislation) collect these funds and administer the return to their rightful owner, where…

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Demand For Client Information: CRA’s Abilities

Canada Revenue Agency uses third parties to get information about other taxpayers to ensure they are complying with their tax responsibilities. This could include obtaining information from a business about its employees, customers or suppliers, without needing to list their specific names. CRA has recently announced that they intend to continue and increase the use of these information gathering methods. In order to obtain such information without providing specific names, CRA must first obtain the…

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Property Flipping: Income or Capital?
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Property Flipping: Income or Capital?

In an August 14, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was whether the sales of four properties in B.C. were on account of income (fully taxable) or capital (half taxable), and whether they were eligible for the principal residence exemption (potentially tax-free) as claimed by the taxpayer, a real estate agent. Essentially, the Court was trying to determine if the properties were purchased with the intent to re-sell for a profit, or for…

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Anxiety, Depression & Phobias: Disability Tax Credit

In an April 3, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was whether the impact of an individual’s mental impairment entitled her to the disability tax credit (DTC). The taxpayer suffered from social anxiety, depression and phobias. A taxpayer may be eligible for the DTC if the impairment(s) represents a marked restriction in the ability to perform a basic activity of daily living. In particular, the impairment must affect and permeate the individual’s life…

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