Auditor General’s report on CRA call centre issues should come as no surprise

If you’ve had reason to phone the Canada Revenue Agency of late, you may have experienced a long wait to speak to an agent—if anyone bothered to take your call. The anecdotal experiences of our accountants and clients has been confirmed in a new Auditor General’s report that sheds light on communication shortcomings at the […]

An ongoing business debate: Should I buy or lease my vehicle?

In more than 30 years of practice as a Chartered Accountant, one of the most common two questions I’ve been asked by clients is whether they should buy or lease a car, and whether they should buy personally or under their company name. Inevitably my answer has been, “It all depends.”  How long do you […]

Webinar–Canadian federal tax reform: How will it affect your business

When the Department of Finance released its proposed changes to the taxation of private corporations in Canada on July 18, 2017, entrepreneurs across the country immediately took issue with measures they felt would cause undue financial harm to their businesses. And for good reason. If passed, these proposals will have extensive implications for all private […]

Ontario offers small business owners a tax cut in fall economic statement

Small business owners in Ontario are getting a break on their taxes. This week Minister of Finance Charles Sousa delivered a fall economic statement that will lower the corporate small business income tax rate on the first $500,000 of business income to 3.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent, by January 1, 2018. The change […]

Want a loan for your business? Here’s the information you’ll need

Whether you operate a brand-new start-up or a business that’s been in existence for many years, if you need financing, banks and other financial institutions will require some standard information before cutting you a cheque. All too often, entrepreneurs are caught off guard when asked to provide this documentation. The type of credit you need–such […]

CRA proposes major changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

A new Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) directive is about to make it much harder for entrepreneurs to correct legitimate tax errors without significant repercussions. The CRA recently proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP), an initiative that allows taxpayers to correct mistakes or oversights on their Canadian tax returns, or make new submissions, for […]

KRP founding partner Ralph Rabinowicz announces his retirement

One of our founding partners, friends and mentors, is taking a final bow after a long and illustrious accounting and management career. Ralph Rabinowicz–who co-founded Kestenberg · Rabinowicz · Partners LLP in 1973 with the aim of providing comprehensive and effective accounting and strategic financial advice tailored to the needs of some of the Greater […]

7 common tax mistakes small business owners should avoid

Canadian entrepreneurs are some of the best in the world when it comes to starting, managing and growing their small to medium-sized businesses. But most have little or no accounting experience, particularly in the start-up years when their energy is focused on making their company a success. All too often this results in avoidable–and potentially […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of Ottawa’s proposed corporate tax changes

The federal government last week took another step towards implementing sweeping tax changes that could have a disproportionate impact on small and medium-sized business owners across Canada. The Trudeau Liberals announced plans for a 75-day consultation period during which they’ll be seeking feedback on changes to three common tax-planning strategies for private corporations. The government’s […]

How entrepreneurs can overcome cash flow challenges

If finance and accounting were easy, there would be far more successful businesses operating (and thriving) in this country. It’s a point I made in Pt. 1 of this two-part series on tackling one of the toughest challenges facing any small to medium-size business owner: cash flow management. In that last post, I noted a […]