Canada Revenue Agency

Taking the trauma out of the tax return

Yes, it’s that time of year again…cue music – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nobody enjoys doing their taxes. Although, personally, I like one thing about this time of year: I...

Driven to Distraction

One of the things I find most irritating is dealing with cars and businesses. It’s detailed, not particularly obvious, and keeping track of it is onerous. And clients ask me about it ALL THE TIME. So… a perfect topic for a blog post… it lets me...

Write-off – or wrong?

So… here are a couple of things I’ve overheard on buses, trains and planes recently: “He tells me it’s a great investment – you get a complete tax write-off for it.” “My brother started this business last year and he’s paying no taxes...

Phone Scammers – They Even Call Accountants

Imagine my surprise when I arrive home to find a voicemail that insists that I owe money to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and if I don’t return the call they will take legal action.  I deal with CRA daily and even though I know CRA would never call and...

HST 101

Sorry, not the most exciting topic. But I get asked about HST – at a fairly basic level – at least twice a week. So please view this as a public service blog…. As consumers, we all know what HST is: it’s that annoying tax (normally 13% in Ontario)...