Google, Twitter, Netflix and Airbnb, among others, are believed to be under-contributing their tax weight compared to what they take out of the Canadian economy. | Screencap via YouTube/Google

CRA looks at e-commerce to top up its tax revenues

In the past year, Canada’s accumulated debt has ballooned to more than $1 trillion dollars. Finding ways to reduce that financial burden, which in effect represents deferred taxes, is not easy. In December, the Canada Revenue Agency signaled it was going after social media influencers and online video game streamers to see if their filed […] Read more

It is uncertain how many Canadians knew their emergency benefits would be taxable. | File photo

Tax department claws back portion of COVID-19 benefits

The federal government has acted, in most cases, reasonably quickly to provide emergency funding to those in our economy who have been most disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. To its credit, the government also moved promptly to fill in the gaps in its original decisions that left some Canadians out in the cold. We now […] Read more

CEBA was originally launched on April 9, 2020, and by Dec. 1, 2020, almost 800,000 loans had been approved totalling $31 billion. | Screencap via Twitter/@canadabusiness

Emergency Business Account loan continues to evolve

The Canada Emergency Business Account loan is a rarity in government programs. It has quickly adapted to the continued and sometimes increasing stresses placed on Canada’s small business sector by the ongoing COVID pandemic. CEBA was originally launched on April 9, 2020, and by Dec. 1, 2020, almost 800,000 loans had been approved totalling $31 […] Read more


If you are considering listing your winter vacation home you need to plan well ahead with your tax specialist in Canada and a good U.S. lawyer, who is aware of the tax consequences of such a sale by non-U.S. citizens. | Flickr.com/Reza Etemad photo

Selling a vacation property in the U.S. requires planning

Many retired and active farmers, along with other Canadians, escape to the southern states in winter to their homes away from home. However, at a certain point, the property might have to be sold for a variety of reasons, including an estate sale or health reasons. This year, there are a few other conditions leading […] Read more

Opting into the Canada Pension Plan at age 60 will reduce monthly benefits by 36 percent.  |  Getty Images

Options for Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security

Age 65 is one of those milestones most Canadians accept either happily or not but is softened somewhat by the eligibility to receive some of your tax money back in the shape of Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security OAS benefits. Depending on how much of a betting person you are and how long […] Read more


Tax minimization is OK, but don’t step on a land mine

We’ve been advising you for months now to talk to your tax and financial advisers to figure out your tax liabilities before the end of the year to minimize tax obligations. Many of you might be vulnerable following a year with so many curveballs including COVID-19, the residual fallout affecting the economy, fluctuating markets and […] Read more

Financial planning necessary in these uncertain times

We wish we didn’t have to write about the impact of COVID on the economy any more. Nevertheless, it appears this is going to be with us for several more months of uncertainty. The situation will likely create many financial and taxation difficulties for the farming community, as well as all taxpayers. There is no […] Read more

Beware of CRA scams that have increased since COVID

COVID-19 as a virus has commanded our attention since early March but, in effect, we are discovering most governments, including Canada’s front-line medical watchdogs, saw the signals sooner. But there is another unexpected viral consequence of the pandemic and that is fraud and various scams targeting Canadians, most of them seniors. Canada Revenue Agency recently […] Read more


Strategies to help you plan your way around taxes

In our last few articles we’ve highlighted elevated government spending programs and the inevitable increase in the accumulated debt to alleviate the worst economic impacts brought on by the COVID pandemic. Both current and former senior civil servants, economists and at least one former prime minister are all predicting that while these spending programs have […] Read more

Who’s going to pay the piper after COVID-19 spending?

Former governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge, writing on behalf of the C.D. Howe Institute while referring to the government’s financial response to COVID-19, said the right decisions were probably made at the time. However, the report also stated that the government must implement a plan to “restore fiscal maneuvering room” as soon […] Read more