Corporate Tax Planning: 5 Things To Know

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When you own a corporation, proper tax planning plays an essential role when it comes to making strategic decisions. The main goal is to increase your business’s tax efficiency and remain competitive in your industry. Incorporating proper tax planning into your regular operations ensures that your company is run legitimately. It also allows you to reduce your tax costs and benefit from higher earnings. Unlike personal tax returns, which are relatively simple to prepare, corporate taxes are complex, and not planning them properly, or trying to do them yourself, could result in costly mistakes. What is Corporate Tax Planning? When ...Read More

The CEWS Subsidy + Tax Audits: How to Prepare For an Audit

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was introduced by the Canadian government in March of 2020 to help employers who were adversely impacted by COVID-19. This subsidy covers up to 75% of a business’s employees’ eligible earnings and encourages employers to retain their workers despite a drop in revenue due to closures. However, the CRA will audit employers who received the CEWS subsidy to ensure that they did not receive more money than they were eligible for. The process can be arduous and require a copious amount of documentation. Although claiming the CEWS does not guarantee that your business will ...Read More

The Connection Between Corporate Finances and Individual Finances

They say that you should never mix business with pleasure - but when it comes to finances, the two are connected in a number of ways. Because of the connection between corporate finances and individual finances, it’s important to understand that, while you can approach both in very similar ways, it’s not always a good idea to allow the two to mix. Before we talk about how to keep your corporate and individual finances separate, let’s first look at their similarities and differences: Similarities Between Corporate Finances and Individual Finances The similarities between corporate finances and individual finances all come ...Read More

Changing Corporate Accountants: How to Start

What do you do if you want to change your corporate accountant but feel stuck with your current one because they have been with you for so long? While you may be fiercely loyal to your current accountant, you should focus on putting your company’s needs first! Switching accountants is not an overly complicated process. In fact, most of the steps are taken by your new accounting firm and regulations ensure that file and information transfers are done efficiently. In this article, we’re going to outline those steps and show you how easy it is! But because we don’t recommend ...Read More

What Happens to Unused Tuition Tax Credits?

Tuition tax credits are non-refundable credits, meaning that they will work toward lowering the amount of taxes you owe but they will not be contributed to any refunds. This means that they will help keep your owing taxes low but will not increase the amount you get back on your taxes. Sometimes, however, it works out that the tuition you are claiming exceeds the amount you owe. So what happens to the rest of the tuition tax credit? Does it disappear into obscurity? It doesn’t and the good news is that you can carry forward or transfer any unused credits! ...Read More

What is the Earliest I Can File My Taxes?

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In Canada, every person must file income tax and benefit returns each year. The due date for having your taxes filed is April 30th - but if you’re self-employed you have until June 15th. So that means if you are filing your 2021 taxes, they will be due April 30th, 2022, and June 15th, 2022, respectively. However, just because you have until the end of April to file your taxes doesn’t mean you have to wait until the last minute! The earliest date that the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) will start accepting electronically filed tax returns is usually around February ...Read More

Common Tax Terms Explained

Do you ever find that when tax lingo starts flying around at tax time, most of it goes right over your head?  Filing and paying taxes involves more than reporting your income to the government. There are a lot of nuances to consider when it comes to preparing your taxes properly as well as ensuring you are taking advantage of eligible credits and deductions. In order to manage your finances in a more tax-friendly way, it’s helpful to know what many of these terms mean. Here is a list, from A to Z, of some common tax terms explained: After-Tax ...Read More

How Do I File Taxes For Someone Who Has Passed Away?

They say that nothing is certain except for death and taxes. However, when dealing with both at the same time, figuring out what to do can create a sense of uncertainty. Finding closure is an important part of the grieving process and, when a loved one passing away, this often includes tying up loose ends and settling their estate. A part of settling a deceased individual’s estate is ensuring that their taxes are properly filed one last time.  If you are responsible for filing taxes for someone who has passed away, it’s important to ensure that the process is completed ...Read More

The Benefits of Hiring a Small Business Accountant (Instead of Doing It Yourself)

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Have you reached a point with your small business where handling your finances is becoming difficult and stressful? When you’re passionate about what you are doing, starting a business is easy. Running it, however, involves many moving parts. And if you don’t have the experience or know-how, the challenge can quickly turn to frustration and even negatively affect your small business’s performance. So what do you do? The short answer is to hire an accountant who can manage all the financial aspects of your small business. There are many benefits to hiring an accountant and there are a variety of ...Read More

Claiming Medical Expenses – What You Need to Know

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Did you know that you can claim medical expenses on your income tax? In Canada, you can take advantage of the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC). This is a non-refundable tax credit that allows you to claim eligible medical expenses for yourself, your spouse or your dependents. The process isn’t as straightforward as simply plugging in your numbers, however. First, you need to determine if your expenses are eligible and if you meet the cost threshold to claim them. It can be confusing but, here at Liu & Associates, we want to help you understand the process. Keep reading to ...Read More