Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Many organizations feel that, due to their small size, they are not susceptible to fraud. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even the smallest of organizations have been, and can be, targets of fraud. In fact, smaller organizations have disproportionately large losses from asset misappropriation, and are much less likely to recover from a fraud. This is due to the fact that they often employ friends, family and other “trusted individuals,” and rely on trust rather …

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COVID-19 Cash Management Options

COVID-19 Cash Management Options

The coronavirus has presented risks not only to our personal health but also to the financial health of many businesses. The provincial and federal government policies to enforce social distancing to #flattenthecurve has led to a sudden fall in revenue for many businesses. Many business owners are asking what they can do to survive the impact of COVID-19. Cash flow management will be important.  Here are some cash flow tips to consider: Financing Options Reach …

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What to Expect when the CRA Contacts You

Identifying Legitimate Communications from the Canada Revenue Agency

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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Can an Owner-Manager Deduct Employment Expenses on their Personal Tax Return?

Can an Owner-Manager Deduct Employment Expenses on their Personal Tax Return?

If you are an employee of a business, you may have the opportunity to deduct expenses on your personal tax return that are required under your contract of employment. To claim work-related expenses, an employee needs to obtain a certified Form T2200 from their employer. If you are a shareholder-employee of the company, can you deduct employment expenses? Based on the Tax Court of Canada’s decision in the 2009 Adler case, the answer appeared to …

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Understanding your financial statements

Every Small Company’s Owner Should Understand Their Financial Statements

Do you review your company’s financial statements regularly? Do you understand what they tell you about your business? If not, you are not alone. Many business owners are focused on starting, growing, or maintaining their businesses. As a result, they do not take the time to understand their financial statements and the vital information they provide about their business. When used effectively, your financial statements are a tool that will help you plan better, address …

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