Posts Categorized: Employment

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy

While we await further information from the federal government on the 75% Emergency Wage Subsidy, the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy is active, and will continue to be available to those who may not meet the 30% revenue decrease required to received the 75%. Here is everything you need to know: Benefit 10% of remuneration paid… Read more »

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) combines the previously announced emergency care and emergency support benefits, and focuses on those who are not eligible for traditional Employment Insurance benefits. Eligibility Eligible workers must be: At least 15 years old A resident of Canada Have earned a total of $5,000 of income for 2019 or in… Read more »

Wage Subsidy

Employers have access to a 75% wage subsidy for a period of three months, starting with the first pay period that includes March 15th, 2020 if they have had a 30% decrease in revenues. Details are still forthcoming.

Key Points: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN – KEY POINTS FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS Since the beginning of March, restrictions and measures related to COVID-19 have rapidly escalated. While the first stages focused on public health and safety, in very short order, businesses and personal finances began to be affected. It is clear that these challenges will… Read more »

Costs of an Assistant

Scheduling Appointments

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…. Read more »

Motor Vehicle Expenses

Car Tail Lights

In a September 17, 2019 Tax Court of Canada case, at issue was the deductibility of vehicle expenses, and in particular, the portion of total vehicle use that was for employment purposes. While initially challenged by CRA, the Court eventually accepted the credit card statements as support for the amounts expended. The taxpayer held and… Read more »

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… Read more »

19 Tax Planning Tips for Year End 2019

Yearly Planner December

YEAR-END TAX PLANNING December 31, 2019 is fast approaching… see below for a list of tax planning considerations. Please contact us for further details or to discuss whether these may apply to your tax situation. SOME 2019 YEAR-END TAX PLANNING TIPS INCLUDE:  1. Keep Track of Eligible Expenditures Certain expenditures made by individuals by December… Read more »

Tracking Ownership Information Changes

Businessman

Over the past few years there has been much discussion at both the federal and provincial levels in respect of increased disclosure and tracking requirements of beneficial owners (those who may be considered owners even if not on title) of various types of property. Recent changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act, which came into… Read more »

Employee Uniform Taxation

Man wearing safety equipment

In an April 17, 2019 Technical Interpretation, CRA was asked whether clothing reimbursements paid to maintenance employees were taxable benefits. Employees were not required to wear specific uniforms and were reimbursed based on receipts, to an annual maximum. CRA referred to Guide T4130 Taxable Benefits and Allowances, which states that clothing is generally a personal… Read more »