Small Business Rate Reduced

The federal government announced today that they intend to honour their campaign promise of 2015 to lower the small business corporate tax rate to 9% over the next 15 months. This would bring the combined federal and provincial taxes on the first $500,000 of annual corporate profits down to 12%. …

Major Changes to Small Business Corporate Taxes

The federal government has proposed significant changes to the way that small business corporations will be taxed. Teri sits down with Robin Spiers to discuss Pi’s position on this. Teri Tetreault from PI Business Solutions provides valuable insight into the proposed tax changes in Canada. Who will this affect? Who …

December Newsletter

We got out our December newsletter with 3 days to spare this month. If you aren’t subscribed (or the email got lost in all of your holiday e-cards), you can go to our Newsletter tab at the top of the page to subscribe and see our previous issue. You can …

Simplifying the Tax Act (or just increasing revenue?)

Every year the Income Tax Act gets bigger (currently over 2,700 pages) and the personal T1 Return gets more complicated. The current Liberal government has announced their intention to simplify the Act by eliminating tax credits. Bill Curry from the Globe and Mail recently published an article discussing this plan. …

What’s a Business Owner to do about Minimum Wage Increases?

In our October newsletter, we showed how the real cost of the minimum wage increases is higher than is commonly discussed and that it is the business owner who shoulders those costs. This leaves a hard decision for the employer. A basic concept of accounting is that Revenue – Costs …

Tax Fraud – Not Worth It

Tax fraud is rampant and there seems to be no shortage of accountants willing to look the other way.  If your accountant is writing off expenses that are overstated, not only are you breaking the law, you will be facing some major fines putting your personal life and business on the …

The Importance of Accounting

Why is accounting a vital part in running a successful business?  It’s all about creating the freedom you want for yourself and for the ones you love.  The structure of any business is that money comes in and that the money goes out.  Accounting looks at this closely by recording …

Small Business Week Expo

75% of all new jobs created in Canada are from the small business sector.  Generally, small business is defined as fewer than 100 employees.  Canada’s economic growth greatly depends on entrepreneurship.  Entrepreneurs and small business proudly build their livelihoods on doing what they love. Often they possess the passion for …

Home Office Expense

One of the deductions we find missing on may tax returns prepared by other accountants is the home office expense. You can deduct expenses for the business use of a work space in your home, as long as you meet one of the following conditions: it is your principal place …

Working Hard? Why You Need to Relax

Whether you admit it to yourself or not, how happy you are overall in your life does directly affect how productive you are at work.  And how do you achieve this work-life balance?  Below are a few tips on doing just that.  Know your boundaries.  What is your definition of success …