Tax efficient ways to make a difference this holiday season

This is the most wonderful time of the year—not to mention the season of giving. That’s why many organizations and individuals are taking the opportunity to give back to their community or their favourite charities over the festive season. Recently, the trend is for organizations to involve their employees and create team events where everyone […]

CRA employs aggressive new laws designed to catch terrorists in crackdown on tax evaders

The days of the Canada Revenue Agency taking a kinder, gentler approach to its relations with taxpaying business owners are long gone. From employing sophisticated algorithms to tightening rules around its own Voluntary Disclosure Program, Ottawa has become accustomed to using increasingly aggressive tactics to collect overdue taxes and punish alleged tax cheats. In some […]

Interest rates are rising. It’s time to shock-proof your balance sheet

It’s no surprise that debt-carrying entrepreneurs have been on edge of late. They’ve watched interest rates climb steadily over the past 18 months, pushing well past the historic lows that became normalized in the soft recovery that followed the Great Recession of 2008-09. Indeed, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate several times over […]

What’s the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion?

In recent weeks we saw the publication of a landmark investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump’s business dealings surrounding the sweeping real estate empire built by family patriarch Fred Trump, all the way up to the present-day management of the business under Trump scions Donald Jr. and Eric. Indeed, the venerable New York Times declared […]

Why business owners should think twice before shredding old tax records

There are a few questions that chartered accountants get asked all the time. They include (but are in no way limited to): What’s the key to growing a successful business? What’s the most tax-efficient way to draw profits from a corporation? Should I lease or buy my company car? What’s the minimum amount of time […]

CMHC makes it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain mortgages

It’s a proud moment for any fledgling entrepreneur. They start a new business and manage to make it a going concern. Perhaps they’re even taking a salary—a relative luxury for many business owners in the start-up phase—and can finally think about spending on themselves. Maybe a new home is at the top of that expenditure […]

You’ve been audited by CRA. Now what?

If there’s one letter that entrepreneurs dread receiving in the mail, it’s the one from the Canada Revenue Agency informing them that their business or personal returns are the subject of a tax audit. Audits can take weeks, months, even years to complete in extreme cases, and can be emotionally and financially draining for business […]

New mortgage rules bring challenges for first-time home buying entrepreneurs

When the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ (OSFI) implemented new rules earlier this year designed largely to cool the red-hot housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver, many economists lauded the move. Indeed, housing affordability has emerged as a major issue in Canada in recent years, particularly in our largest cities. Many homes that […]

How budgeting pitfalls can derail a start-up’s success

The early days of any new business are the most exciting. That’s when entrepreneurial hope springs eternal, when innovation and ideation are most important and when unbounded growth seems just a few sales away. It’s a fun—if somewhat terrifying—time. Many business owners will develop detailed business plans as they launch a new company, often with […]

KRP welcomes new partner Adriano Romeo

The Kestenberg Rabinowicz Partners LLP management team is growing once again. We’re proud to announce that Adriano Romeo, a KRP senior manager since 2011, has been promoted to partner. Adriano has more than a decade of experience working with the owners of small- and medium-sized businesses across sectors including construction, real estate, manufacturing, franchising and […]