Howard Halpern

About Howard Halpern

Howard Halpern CPA (Canada), CA, CPA (USA), CFP, TEP, has spent over thirty years providing financial management, strategic business planning and tax advice to closely held business, professional service providers, and high-income taxpayers.

How to Save 2015 Taxes


We are proud to present our updated annual 2015 TAX RETURN ORGANIZER™, your indispensable reference guide to help you save money by reducing the amount you pay in income taxes.  Click here to read and print it.

Please feel free to forward this to your family, friends and loved ones.

Contact us now for your free, no-obligation, strictly confidential FinancialCHECKUP™ or call 905.709.4357.

TAX TIP       Canada Revenue Agency permits you to deduct costs incurred to hire a Child Care Worker as normal Child Care Expenses including fees paid to an immigration lawyer and to Service Canada, placement agency fees, advertising expenses and mandatory registration fees. […]

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Cash Savings Techniques


Happy 2016!  We wish you and your family Health and Prosperity in this New Year!  You can’t predict the future.  But we’ll help you plan for it.  For over 30 years we’ve been helping businesses and individuals save money and prevent costly mistakes.  Our full-service CPA Firm combines the technical knowledge of Chartered Professional Accountant and entrepreneurial mindset of Strategic Business Advisor.

Business owners and individuals complain but often do nothing to improve their financial situation.  Face this New Year with confidence using our customized strategy and knowing that we are here to help you weather all changes and to prosper. […]

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips


Take advantage of 2015 year-end tax saving opportunities.  Ideally, tax planning should be a year-round affair since many tax strategies require foresight to be effective.  The good news: there are still opportunities to reduce your 2015 tax liability, particularly if you act before the end of the calendar year.

Rapidly changing tax laws mean periodic business and personal tax planning and financial advice is absolutely essential for all business owners, individuals, corporate executives and professionals.

Don’t leave your tax planning to chance!   We will show you how a personal customized tax strategy will save you money.

TAX TIP      In a marriage […]

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Tax Changes in New Liberal Government


With the election of the Liberal party on October 19th, Canada’s tax landscape is about to change.  It is as yet unknown which policies will be adopted and when. The Liberal platform has called for a new tax bracket to apply to income in excess of $200,000. In addition, Trudeau promised to eliminate the income-splitting program, the Family Tax Cut, through which a higher-earning spouse can transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket. This saved many of our clients $2,000 on their 2014 personal tax returns. Trudeau also said he would roll […]

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Capital Gains Exemption


Below are Tax Tips in respect of the capital gains exemption, one of the most valuable tax incentives provided to shareholders of private corporations in Canada.  This allows a private company shareholder to sell shares and eliminate income tax on over $800,000 of lifetime capital gains triggered by the sale. Remember that each family member might qualify for their own exemption!  Of course, the availability of the exemption is subject to a number of conditions.

TAX TIP        Planning should be done to enable as many family members as possible to use the exemption, which may also be crystallized […]

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Money Worries – Greatest Source of Stress

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer.  There are only 4 planning months left in 2015 and the year is quickly coming to a close.  As licensed CFP Certified Financial Planner, our goal is to raise awareness of the importance offinancial planning and tax planning in your life because it will enhance your emotional well-being and financial well-being.  See the eye-popping survey results below from a national FPSC three-year survey of 15,000 Canadianswhich found that money is the leading source of stress, significantly more than work, personal health and relationships.  According to the survey, financial stress is driving […]

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How to Trigger a Tax Loss


You may have an investment in some shares or debt which have become worthless, but you can’t sell them because the security is no longer listed on a stock market.  There is a section of the Income Tax Act that allows you to claim a capital loss on these shares or debt even though you cannot sell them.  This section also applies to debt owed by a corporation to you.  Therefore, you could potentially receive a large tax refund by triggering a tax loss without having to incur any cost at all.

This is a popular tax strategy.  For example, if […]

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Tax Planning Ideas


The recent completion of your 2014 personal income tax return presents a good opportunity to review and consider a number of tax planning ideas to save you money. Effective tax planning is a primary ingredient of good financial planning and it is important to consider a wealth of tips and techniques to help you plan for a prosperous future.

For example, you may save significantly more tax by structuring your investments to make your interest expense deductible. If you own a business, consider the potential tax benefits of incorporating. Or if you have a corporation now, you should calculate your optimum […]

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How to Protect Your Assets


We live in a litigious world.  Litigation has become commonplace in resolving disputes of all kinds.  As Business and Tax Advisor, we provide solutions to our clients to ensure their business assets are protected from potential creditors.

Taken to an extreme, you can creditor proof yourself to a point where you cannot even borrow cash for your business!

Contact us now to arrange your free, no-obligation, strictly confidential FinancialCHECKUP™.  Now more than ever you need to protect your assets from third party creditors.

Thus, one must be practical when designing a creditor proofing plan, which may include the following:

Transferring Assets Out of Your […]

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Top 4 Tax Tips – Workers


Are You Independent Contractor or Employee?

Attention Business Owners: You must file your 2014 Self-Employed Income Tax Return by June 15, 2015!  There are only 46 days left, so file now to avoid costly late filing penalties.

TAX TIP         As Independent Contractor, remember that CRA Canada Revenue Agency will usually request a copy of your written contract so be sure it is correctly prepared.  Just one small word makes all the difference!  Employees have ‘contracts of service’ which are subject to the employer’s control.  However, independent contractors work under a ‘contract for services’ allowing freedom within which to operate.  For professional […]

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