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Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax

Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax

Trudeau and the Canadian Small Business Tax Despite its consultation with Canadians it appears that the Liberal government is moving forward with their proposed tax changes. As tax professionals we are concerned that these changes will reduce the incentives that entrepreneurs have to start or grow their […]

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Director’s Liability – CRA Appeal

Director’s Liability Assessment with the Canada Revenue Agency Below is a recent letter from the CRA in response to our appeal on behalf of our client. If you believe you have been erroneously assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency for Director’s Liability or other sections of the […]

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Canada Tax Tips 2017 2018

New CRA Rules and Advice for 2016 2017 Canada Revenue Agency Email and Phone Scams – There are multiple criminal organizations and individuals human-voice and robo calling Canadians impersonating a Canada Revenue Agency agent. These fake agents are requesting money or personal information. If you receive such […]

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Alberta Personal Bankruptcy

Alberta Personal Bankruptcy

Alberta Personal Bankruptcy on the Rise To our fellow Albertans: Cawston and Associates Inc. is a family company. Our family was born and raised in Alberta. During the past 40 years in Alberta we have seen our share of the boom and bust cycle related to the […]

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Tax Evasion and Crossing the US Border

Tax Evasion and Crossing the US Border

Canada Revenue Agency can block tax evaders from crossing the border A recent CBC article points out that tax evaders may find it more difficult to cross the border. This is designed as a deterrent for people participating in off-shore tax havens. However, we have seen cases […]

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CRA Scam Alert June 2017

CRA Scam Alert June 2017

CRA Tax Scam Alert There never seems to be a shortage of con artists and scammers looking for a quick buck. The last few years have seen multiple groups operating across Canada as phony CRA agents trying to trick people in to paying non-existent tax penalties. This […]

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Alberta Government Bill 6 and the Family Farm

Alberta Government Bill 6 and the Family Farm Our Firm believes that Bill 6 will pass.  The provincial government has done a poor job in explaining the most crucial details in this Bill.   We believe that farmers care deeply for all the individuals, paid or otherwise, […]

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Natural Person Tax Schemes in Canada

Natural Person / No Tax / Detax / Tax Schemes In our industry we call these people tax protestors. Typically they can be found making arguments like “I’m not a person as defined by the Income Tax Act and therefore I am not subject to taxes”. These […]

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CRA PROJECT ALERT – Restaurant Industry

CRA PROJECT ALERT – Restaurant Industry

Calgary Restaurants May Face More CRA Audits The CRA currently has a project focusing on cash driven restaurants particularly those in the Asian community.  Those restaurants that pay cash for their supplies and food product are at an even higher risk of being selected for an audit. […]

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CRA PROJECT ALERT – Zapper Programs

CRA PROJECT ALERT – Zapper Software Recently the federal government has brought in a program to crack down on Electronic Suppression of Sales Software sometime known as Zapper Programs.   The fines and penalties for using or owing this software are up to $500,000.00 and imprisonment.   CRA […]

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