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Digital Currency: Basics And Tax Implications

Digital Currency (DC) is essentially electronic money. It’s not available as bills or coins. Cryptocurrency is a type of DC created using computer algorithms with the most popular being bitcoin. No single organization, such as a central bank, creates DC. DC is based on a decentralized, peer-to-peer network. The “peers” in this network are the people that take part in DC transactions, and their computers make up the network. DC can be used to buy…

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Commission Paid to a Corporation: Any Issues?

Consider the successful real estate or insurance agent, the financial product vendor, the area sales representative, or any other person earning commission income. One day they are asked, if they ever considered running their activities through a corporation as opposed to providing the services personally. There are definitely some valuable possibilities, but there are dangers too. CRA Technical Interpretation In a July 11, 2017 Technical Interpretation, CRA opined that whether a corporation is actually carrying…

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Business Failure: Personal Liability for Corporate Tax Debt

There are special laws which hold a director personally liable for certain amounts that their corporation fails to deduct, withhold, remit, or pay. Most commonly, these amounts include federal sales tax (GST/HST) and payroll withholdings (income tax, EI and CPP). It does not generally include normal corporate income tax liabilities. In a June 22, 2017 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was whether the director of a corporation could be held liable for $66,865…

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Loans to a Relative’s Business: What Happens When it Goes Bad?

You’ve loaned money to a family member’s corporation. Perhaps it was an investment, maybe it was a favor, or both. Or, perhaps, it was made for a completely separate reason. Regardless, sometimes the loan may go bad and you are not able to collect on the debt. What happens from a tax perspective when this occurs? If the loan was made to earn income and other conditions are met, you may be able to write-off…

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Marijuana: A Growing Industry

As the legislation to legalize marijuana for non-medical purposes works its way through parliament (Bill C-45 entered the Senate phase on November 27, 2017), producers, vendors, regulators, enforcement, and potential customers are seriously considering the implications. Although it has been expected legalization would occur by July, 2018, the timeline is not certain (as the Senate has recently been scrutinizing draft legislation and other stakeholders have noted concerns). Where are we at from a tax perspective?…

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Checking Up On Suppliers Regarding GST/HST?

INPUT TAX CREDITS: Checking Up On Suppliers Do I have to check up on a supplier when paying them GST/HST? Yes! In a January 29, 2016 Tax Court of Canada case it was noted that CRA had denied over $500,000 of input tax credits (ITCs), and assessed penalties and interest, in respect of GST and QST paid to twelve suppliers. Unknown to the taxpayer, the suppliers did not remit the tax. The taxpayer, a scrap…

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Income-Splitting: Where are We Now?

On December 13, 2017, the Department of Finance released a number of updates relating to the income sprinkling proposals (originally announced on July 18, 2017). Below is a summary of the proposals as they are currently drafted. Individuals that receive certain types of income derived from a "related business" will be subject to Tax on Split Income (TOSI) unless an exclusion applies. TOSI is subject to the highest personal tax rate with no benefit of…

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Support of Refugees: Tax and Filing Requirements

Two Technical Interpretations (May 26 and March 3, 2017) considered whether support provided to a refugee would be required to be reported on a Form T5007, Statement of Benefits. Essentially, the CRA considered whether the support would constitute “social assistance” which would require a T5007. If the amount is not considered “social assistance”, no T5007 would be required. CRA opined that amounts would be considered “social assistance” if provided by a government or government agency,…

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Behind on Your Taxes? Breathe …
Are You Behind on Your Taxes? Breathe ...

Behind on Your Taxes? Breathe …

First of all, this can happen to ANYONE – falling behind on your taxes can strike people of any age, income, or education level. Somewhere along the way, between life events, they have missed sending various information to a creditor and/or Revenue Canada (or the IRS). To catch-up I suggest baby steps. My first recommendation, while it sounds easy, is HARD – stop, breathe deeply, think it through, and then do it. The key is…

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