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Happy 2019!  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.  HALPERN Chartered Professional Accounting 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 […]

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips


Now is the time to take advantage of final 2018 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 2018 tax liability, particularly if you act before the end of this calendar year.

Rapidly changing tax laws mean regular business and personal tax planning and financial advice is absolutely essential for all businesses and individuals, including 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 […]

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How to Fix Your Business


Do you remember your first day in business?  Since then, you’ve sacrificed a lot for your business, worked long hours, and maybe even borrowed money.  The business was doing OK and you took home a good income.

Today, things might have changed.  Expenses may be rising and you may now find yourself between a rock and a hard place.  You’ve been borrowing money, stretching creditors and looking for a solution, but nothing seems to work.  You have to avoid going through stages of drifting and denial and quickly act to “fix” the business before problems get worse and it is too […]

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Your Wealth and Independence


Exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress effectively can help you maintain a positive mind and healthy body. For many Canadians, though, doing so on a daily basis is a big challenge.  The link between stress and health has long intrigued workplace health providers, employers, doctors and scientists. Stress, which is a fact of life, can be difficult to control and can have serious physical and mental health consequences.

So, what tops the list of stressors for Canadians? You may have already guessed: Finances!

People worry and fret about their financial situation constantly, with some years being worse than others. […]

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Why Tax Planning is Important


Most people either don’t do any advanced planning or they wait until the last minute to try and do something about reducing their taxes. Advanced tax planning is the process of projecting your tax liability ahead of time, and reviewing your situation to uncover tax minimization strategies that can reduce your current or future tax liabilities.

By planning ahead and being proactive, you open a plethora of options to reduce your taxes. Many options are not available to you when the time comes to actually file your tax returns. So the 3 Reasons You Should Prioritize Tax Planning are as follows:

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Important Tax Facts


The Fraser Institute is the top think-tank in Canada for the tenth straight year and ranks in the top 25 among all think-tanks worldwide, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tanks Index.

As we near end of summer 2018, here are some interesting and important tax facts Canadians should understand and consider:

The total tax bill for the average Canadian family will exceed $35,000 in 2018, or 42.5 per cent of their income—more than what the average family spends on housing, food and clothing combined.
While the federal government has claimed it “cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” the reality […]

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What Meal and Entertainment Costs Can You Deduct?



Most of the time, the maximum that you can claim for meals and entertainment expenses is 50% of the lesser of: (a) the actual cost you incur, or (b) an amount that is “reasonable”.

Also, there are special rules for foot and bicycle couriers, and if you are a long-haul truck driver who is eligible for higher deduction rates.

TAX TIP      If your business is registered for GST/HST, you can only claim an ITC input tax credit for the portion of the expenses that are deductible for income tax purposes. For most meals and entertainment costs, the ITC would only be […]

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Is the TFSA for You?


To encourage saving, the federal government introduced the TFSA Tax-Free Savings Account in 2009.  In some ways, the TFSA mirrors the RRSP and RESP in that there is an annual contribution limit but contributions are not tax-deductible.  A TFSA therefore lets you grow tax-free investment income such as interest, dividends and capital gains and is a great way to set aside money throughout your lifetime.

Individuals 18 years of age and older may contribute a specified maximum amount each year to a TFSA. Your TFSA contribution room is the maximum amount that you can contribute to your TFSA.  Unused contribution room […]

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How Tax Audits Work


Our CPA firm regularly accepts new clients who have been notified by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that they will be audited for their business or home income taxes or HST Harmonized Sales Tax.

The CRA tax auditor will either review your records at his/her government office (“CRA office audit”) or at your home or office (“field audit”).

TAX TIP        If you are selected for a tax audit, it is absolutely essential that you contact your Chartered Professional Accountant because it is very dangerous for a taxpayer to handle a tax audit alone without representation. Our CPA firm will assess the situation prior […]

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Only 28 Days Left


There are only 28 days left for you to pay your 2017 personal tax.  April 30th is your tax payment deadline.  The time to reduce your tax bill is now! Be sure to file your 2017 Personal Tax Return now to avoid costly penalties.

Please enjoy viewing this month’s Tax Tips below and please feel free to contact us for professional assistance or to answer any of your questions.

It’s not what you earn…it’s what you keep!  We will show you how your personal customized tax strategy will save you money.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the majority Liberal government’s third Federal Budget on […]

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