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Blog Posts in 2014

December Tax Planning

December Tax Planning Now is the time finish up your tax planning for the year. Except for RRSPs December is your last chance to do any tax planning. Following are a few suggestions: If you are ...
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The Padgett Awards Night was on November 18, 2014

The Padgett Awards Night was on November 18, 2014. I am pleased to announce that I received several Awards: 2014 Leaders Club This award is for the top 10 offices in Canada All Star Team 2014 This ...
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Padgett Annual Tax Update Seminar

November 17 to 19 I attended the Padgett Annual Tax Update Seminar in Montreal. Margaret Riggin has been leading the tax seminar for a number of years. Margaret Riggin, CPA, CA is one of Canada's ...
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HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS IN ALBERTA

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS IN ALBERTA So you want to start a small business now what. First decide if you want to be a sole proprietor, have a partnership, or a corporation. You may not be familiar ...
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The Family Tax Cut Could Save you $2,000 in Tax

The Family Tax Cut This new proposed tax break for young families could save you up to $2000 in tax. The basic concept is that a couple with young children may have one spouse in a higher tax bracket ...
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SHOULD I TAKE DIVIDENDS OR WAGES?

This is a common question I get from owners of corporations. The answer depends on the person. Do you want CPP (Canada Pension Plan) when your retire? Do you want to invest in RRSPs? Are you ...
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Do not wait till January - February RRSP season to do tax planning.

Now is the time to start planning. If you wait till January you will miss out on most tax planning options. For most people in January all you have left is an RRSP. RRSPs are a good option for many ...
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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is targeting consultants & contractors in the oil patch.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is targeting consultants & contractors in the oil patch. A tax audit could cost you $6,000 per year or more in taxes and penalties. We have a solution to eliminate ...
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Internal Control of Revenues and Expenses

As a business owner, you have now found out that only you can control how the business operates. Part of this control relates to the finances of your company. This article seeks to discuss the ways ...
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Disability Tax Credits

Do you know if you or a loved one is eligible for the disability tax credits offered by the Canadian and Alberta governments? The disability tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce ...
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How to Read an Income Statement

Before we can start the reading of an income statement, we need an income statement to look at. For this article we are going to use the following as a basis: To begin we will review the basic ...
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Dressing Up Your Financial Statements

There are times when you have to provide financial information to outside parties. Generally speaking, you will only do this when you have no choice (i.e., the government) or when you want something. ...
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How to Select a Good Accountant

The quick and easy answer to how to select a good accountant is to say, "Select me!" That, however, is not the purpose of this article, so we will provide you with some additional criteria ...
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Accounting: An Introduction

Revenge of the math club is how many independent business owners view the need for accounting. Unfortunately, this may result in the owner totally ignoring the entire process and using other tools to ...
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How do I deduct business use of my vehicle?

How do I deduct business use of my vehicle? I get this question a lot. The following covers the basics. For specific situations contact your business advisor, book keeper, accountant, tax planner or ...
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