Trading stocks can be lucrative, but, like farming, comes with some risks.  |  Michael Raine photo

Finding more income than your farm business can supply

Probably more than half of Canadian farmers have to look for other sources of income than their farm business alone. One such source is off-farm work. Many farmers have no alternative but to follow this path, frequently working the farm early in the morning and later in the evening when their off-farm employment has ended […] Read more

Gov’t-funded support available to help with creditors

The pressure of tight financial circumstances and secured creditors wanting their financial agreements honoured is never a pleasant time for a farmer with a lifetime of effort and investment tied into the business. There is federal tax-funded assistance that you can draw on, however, in this situation. From 1986 to 1998 there was federal legislation […] Read more

Canada struggles to decide whether to ratify NAFTA 2.0

Last May, we wrote about the difficulties in arriving at a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Part of the negotiating strategy of the United States was to apply dubious hammers of tariffs on steel and aluminum while President Donald Trump launched rude comments about his NAFTA trading partners — Canada and Mexico. An unusual […] Read more

Taxing energy to curb climate change may hurt economy

New in 2019 are tax increases that will impact homes and businesses for gasoline, natural gas and propane. For the four provinces objecting to the federal government’s imposition of mandatory carbon taxes, fuel at the pump will be subject to a 4.42 cent per litre bump, a 3.91 cent per cubic metre increase for natural […] Read more

New taxes will affect farmers and business owners

The federal government is launching several changes to the taxation system this year that are not that easy to swallow for farmers, small business owners and individual taxpayers. Government has the right to impose and raise taxes, but its explanations for tax changes sometimes are weak at best and other times imply that they think […] Read more

Income deferral tricky prospect for livestock producers

Is farm income deferral an effective tax management strategy? That depends on whether your farm business is based on grain or mostly on the hoof. There is a bit of an inequity in the tax system that allows more flexibility in deferring income from grain sales than from livestock sales. For example, when listed grains […] Read more

Leasing land to farm corporation comes with tax implications

A pattern is starting to take shape in how the federal government treats the family farm corporation for taxation purposes. The manner in which income is taken and expenses claimed is much tighter and the potential for audit greater if the regulations aren’t precisely followed. We mentioned in a previous column that the federal finance […] Read more

Feds keep eye on how farms manage leasing expenses

The federal finance department has already indicated that it is taking aim at family farm businesses structured as corporations and the way income removed from the corporations is treated for tax purposes. Payouts to family members are usually most heavily taxed as straight income but to a lesser degree as dividends. The intent of the […] Read more

Watch alternative minimum tax trap when selling farm

Government is a strange beast when it comes to taxes. It provides preferential rates on income from dividends, capital gains or even a qualified farm property lifetime capital gains exemption but if you take advantage of these routes to calculating your taxes, government reserves the right to charge you more taxes just because it can. […] Read more

What category temporary migrant farm workers find themselves in will determine how their income is treated by the Canada Revenue Agency.  |  Michael Raine photo

Work on a Canadian farm, meet the CRA

Eighty percent of seasonal agriculture workers in Canada are Canadian residents, but there is still a demand for additional workers, many of whom come from Mexico and the Caribbean. In 2014, for instance, more than 45,000 visas were issued for such workers, although only 40,000 took advantage of the access to work in Canada. Of […] Read more