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What is a Commercial Leasehold Inducement?

October 26, 2015 by

The current commercial real estate market in Ontario is seeing a number of commercial properties available for rent. When there are more rental spaces than there are renters, a landlord will typically attract tenants by offering leasehold inducements. While leasehold inducements can be beneficial for both tenant and landlord, the tenant often stands to reap
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Phantom Stock Options – Accounting & Tax Treatment

July 20, 2015 by

A phantom stock option is a bonus tax treatment plan where the amount of the bonus is determined by reference to the increase in value of the shares subject to the option. Shares are not actually issued or transferred to the option- holder when an option is exercised, but rather the right to receive an award based
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Canadian Federal Budget Commentary 2015

April 22, 2015 by

Federal Budget Commentary – April 21, 2015 In order to offer targeted tax reductions for small businesses, seniors, and families with children; to increase spending for the military, public and national security, public transit, and for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to address tax avoidance and evasion; and to eke out a $1.4 billion surplus
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Tax Preparation Checklist

February 20, 2015 by

It’s that time of year again when you have to account for how you did in the previous year to tax authorities. It’s not the most interesting time of the year for most. Preparing ahead of time will help reduce last minute stress. Here are some tips on how to best prepare:   1. Gather
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Top Ten Small Business Tax Questions

February 19, 2015 by

To avoid financial penalties, small business owners in Canada need to be aware of how to properly file taxes. Below are some of the most common tax questions that small business owners ask our accountants. 1. Will the structure of my business affect the way I file taxes? Yes, how you file taxes will be influenced
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How to Account for Rent-Free Periods in Canada

December 30, 2014 by

Whether you’re a tenant or landlord who is taking advantage of a rent-free period to secure a new lease on a building or other asset, such as business equipment, you probably have questions on how to account for this rent-free period when it comes time for income reporting to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). What
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How to Account for a Capital Lease

December 22, 2014 by

If you are a Canadian business owner or manager, you need to make sure that you have a good grasp of fundamental accounting principals. This knowledge is important because it will allow you to analyze your firm’s financial statements, and identify problem areas or areas for improvement. One key thing that needs to be understood
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Travelling to the USA?

September 19, 2014 by

On a recent trip to Niagara Falls, New York, my friends and I were stopped at the Rainbow Bridge border for overspending. Little did we know that our spending limits were so low, and that we would have to pay taxes and duties on what we brought back to Canada to the Canadian Border Security
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Penalties and the CRA’s Matching Program

August 29, 2014 by

If you’ve received a notice of reassessment from the CRA, you are not alone; millions of Canadians are hit with reassessments each year. Most of these reassessments aren’t aimed at uncovering fraud or malfeasance; instead, they’re triggered by the CRA’s matching program, a system designed to look at every return and match it to the
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Canadian Income Tax for Businesses

August 6, 2014 by

Income tax time can cause businesses a lot of stress and hassle. However, income tax deductions can also be essential in creating a buffer for your bottom line. From minor expenses such as entertainment to employee salaries, business owners can greatly reduce their cash outflow by accurately filing their taxes. Read below to learn about
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Internal Audit Compliance

August 1, 2014 by

Establishing internal audit compliance demonstrates to stakeholders how effectively the company is aligning with financial and governmental processes. An internal audit looks at the financial health of your company with consideration of operational and financial management. The auditor aims to uncover whether or not financial controls are promoting the sustainability of your enterprise. What is
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Reporting Business Income from Other Countries

July 30, 2014 by

Hogg, Shain & Scheck’s entrepreneurial clients need to understand how to properly report business income from other countries to avoid taxation penalties. Businesses succeed because they strategically operate within a global value chain that elevates their products while minimizing their costs. However, when you earn income in other countries, come tax time, you need to
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