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Record Keeping for CRA

Record Keeping for the Canada Revenue Agency Purposes

The Income Tax Act requires books and records to be kept by every person, partnership, corporation, trust etc. who is required to pay or collect taxes or other amounts. Good financial records are essential for completing personal and corporate income tax returns. Without accurate records you and/or your business may under or over pay taxes or be subject to an audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) due to insufficient supporting documentation. How long do …

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Not For Profit Organizations

Are Not-for-Profit Organizations required to file tax returns?

Not-for-Profit Organizations (“NPOs”) that are incorporated under Federal or Provincial legislation are generally exempt from corporate income tax under the Income Tax Act. However, in most cases, an NPO is still required to file a tax return(s). It is important to note that an NPO is different from a Registered Charity (“Charity”). A Charity needs to apply to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) for charitable registration. A Charity is exempt from tax and can issue …

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Business Valuation

Why Knowing the Purpose of the Valuation Engagement is Important

There are many reasons why you may need to determine the value of your business. Some of the more common examples are marital dissolution, litigation and ownership disputes, buy/sell agreements, business and estate planning, and gift and tax planning purposes. Examples of the common users of a valuation report are the company shareholders, potential purchasers, the Courts and the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). A valuation report prepared for one purpose is not necessarily appropriate for …

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Converting your Home into a Rental Property

Converting your Home into a Rental Property (or vice versa)? Did you Know there are Tax Consequences to Consider?

A change in use occurs when your property is changed from income producing to personal use (for example:  moving into a property that you have previously used as a rental property) or when it is changed from personal use to income producing (for example: changing your principal residence to a rental property). In addition, the change in use can be for 100% of the property or just a portion of the property (for example: changing …

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What to Expect when the CRA Contacts You

What to Expect when the Canada Revenue Agency Contacts You

Scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees continue to contact Canadians, misleading them into paying false debts. These persistent scammers have created fear among people who now automatically assume that any communication from someone representing the CRA is not genuine. This article will remind Canadians that the CRA does indeed contact taxpayers by phone, email and mail for legitimate reasons. The following tips will help Canadians identify legitimate communications from the CRA. To identify …

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