Davidow & Nelson Blog

Finding What You Thought Was Lost on the Internet: WEBSITE HISTORY

Webpages are constantly evolving. An individual may wish to see the history of a certain webpage for any number of reasons.Without a webpage or website self-reporting the changes made, identifying them can be difficult. However, there are a number of tools available on the Internet that may be useful in piecing together a webpage’s historical… Read more »

GST/HST and Other Tax Issues: PERSONAL USE ASSET IN A CORPORATION

A number of issues may arise if a shareholder uses a corporate asset personally without providing the corporation with fair market value (FMV) consideration. Barring a special relieving provision of the Act, the shareholder may be subject to a shareholder benefit, essentially resulting in double tax. Another issue that may arise relates to GST/HST. This… Read more »

Registration for GST/HST: UBER DRIVERS

Most businesses must register for a GST/HST account (and therefore collect and remit GST/HST as appropriate) if they earn revenues from worldwide taxable supplies greater than $30,000 within the previous four consecutive quarters, or exceed the $30,000 threshold in a single calendar quarter. However, a special rule applies to self-employed “taxi businesses” which requires them… Read more »

Know Your Tax Obligations: SHARING ECONOMY

On March 17, 2017, CRA released a Tax Tip reminding those involved in the sharing economy to ensure that they comply with relevant income tax and GST/HST obligations. All income earned through sharing economy activities should be reported.CRA identified five key sectors, being accommodation sharing, ride sharing, music and video streaming, online staffing, and peer/crowdfunding.CRA… Read more »

Some Improvements: EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

The 2017 Federal Budget proposed a number of changes to Employment Insurance (EI). Some of the proposals include the following:A New Caregiving Benefit This benefit will provide eligible caregivers up to 15 weeks of EI benefits while they are temporarily away from work to support or care for a critically ill or injured family member…. Read more »

TAX TICKLERS… some quick points to consider…

CRA’s My Account for Individuals and My Service Canada Account are now linked such that users can easily switch between online personal tax information and other benefits (ex. EI, CPP, and OAS). Employers will soon be able to distribute T4s electronically (provided certain conditions are met). In September 2016, the CRA transmitted 315,160 banking records… Read more »

The World is Shrinking: CRA STRATEGIES ON OFFSHORE TAX EVASION

A recent article reported that CRA is reviewing every electronic fund transfer over $10,000 from Canada to four foreign jurisdictions per year. The first two targets were the Isle of Man and the Island of Guernsey, with two more undisclosed jurisdictions to be reviewed by March 31, 2017. CRA has started audits of 166 high-risk… Read more »

Not so Fast:OBJECTIONS

When filing an objection to a CRA reassessment, one of the most frequently-posed questions is “How long will it take?”. The answer, according to the Auditor General, is “too long”.On November 29, 2016, the Auditor General released a report to Parliament focusing on the effectiveness and timeliness of the objection process.Length of Process For the… Read more »

Tax Consequence: PAYROLL ADVANCES

In an April 26, 2016 Technical Interpretation, CRA opined that where an employer provides a payroll advance to an employee, the amount is not generally considered to be a loan. A salary advance is a payment for salary, wages or commissions that an employee is expected to earn in the performance of future services. These amounts are generally included… Read more »