The start of the new year marks the start of the preparations for the tax season. And as business owners and employers, it is important to at least know the basics of what types of income should be included in the T4 slips and when to file them. Types of income you should report on T4 slips: - Salary, wages, tips or gratuities, bonuses, vacation pay, employment commissions, gross and insurable earnings of self-employed fishers and all other remuneration you paid to employees during the year;- Taxable benefits or allowances;- Retiring allowances;- Deduction you withheld during the year; and- Pension adjustment...
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There are a number of changes that have taken place when we rang in the new year a few days ago in terms of taxes, laws and wages. Here are some of the most significant changes:- Starting 2018, the small business tax rate dropped from 10.5% to 10%.- EI premiums have slightly increased by about $6 in new costs for the average worker and $13 per employee for the average employer.- 2018 marks the return of the sponsorship program after closing down due to backlogs.- Ontario's minimum hourly wage increase took effect last January 1, 2018 from $11.60 to $14.- Alberta's...
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CRA recently announced changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) to tighten the eligibility criteria to access the program. Starting March 1, 2018, a limited program will apply to taxpayers who have intentionally avoided their tax obligations. The CRA will determine if a taxpayer has intentionally avoided their tax obligations by considering a number of factors such as whether efforts were made to avoid detection through use of offshore vehicles or other means, total dollar amounts involved, number of years of non-compliance, etc. This limited program will also cover corporations with gross revenue in excess of $250 million who will apply...
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The Department of Finance recently announced the income tax deduction limits and expense benefit rates applicable in 2018 when using an automobile for business purposes. Most limits from 2017 will remain in effect in 2018. These limits include: 1. The ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles for capital cost allowance (CCA) purposes will remain at $30,000 (plus federal and provincial or territorial sales taxes) for purchases after 2017. 2. The maximum allowable interest deduction for amounts borrowed to purchase an automobile will remain at $300 per month for loans related to vehicles acquired after 2017. 3. The limit on...
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