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Welcome to J.A.I.K.S. Blog, a place where we will provide you with a variety of resources on accounting, taxation and other related subjects suited for both individuals and/or their businesses.

We hope you can find the answers to your questions and/or curiosities, and always know we are here to help if you need more.

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In Canada, are Medical Expenses Tax Deductible?

We thought it would be a good time to discuss the medical expense deduction on your tax return, as the end of the year is fast approaching.

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An RRSP as a Tax-Planning Tool - Good Idea

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An RRSP is more than simply an account for retirement savings. Yes, it’s a must-have when saving for retirement, but the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is an effective tax-planning tool.

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Manage Your Cash Flow with These 5 Steps

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A cash flow projection can act like an early warning system for any period. A leading cause of business failure is a lack of cash flow management, but by taking some simple steps in managing it, you will find it can improve your business outcome.

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Tips to Save on Your Taxes in 2023

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As the 2022 tax year is behind us, it is a good idea to start early and plan for 2023. Here are some suggestions on how you can save money on your Canadian income tax for this year:

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First Home Savings Account is a Smart Move

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First Home Savings Accounts, or FHSAs combine the concept of Tax-Free Savings Accounts and Registered Retirement Savings Plans. For people aged 18 and older, like an RRSP, contributors receive a tax deduction on contributions and TFSA-like tax-free withdrawals when using the savings to buy a home. Further, any investment gains earned in the account are tax-sheltered. Unlike the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP), the FHSA does not need to be repaid.

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Rebates for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

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When considering a fuel-efficient vehicle such as a hybrid, or an alternative fuel model you should know that the Canadian Government, as well as some provinces, provide rebates. 

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Steps for a Retroactive Disability Tax Credit Claim

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If you believe that you were eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in previous years but did not claim it, you may be able to make a retroactive claim. Retroactive claims allow you to request adjustments to previous tax returns and potentially receive refunds for the missed credits.

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The Disability Tax Credit & Low-Income Canadians

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For low-income individuals in Canada, claiming the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) can provide additional financial benefits through refundable tax credits and other programs. Here are some key points to consider:

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How Can a Bookkeeper Help Your Company?

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Bookkeepers also play an important role in helping companies manage their financial records, ensuring accurate and up-to-date financial information, and providing valuable insights that can drive strategic decision-making when combined with your accountant. Some of the ways bookkeepers contribute are:

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How Does My Bookkeeper Work with My Accountant?

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As we spoke about in our last post, as your bookkeeper, we handle the day-to-day financial transactions and record-keeping. Your accountant takes a more analytical and strategic role in interpreting the data, providing financial advice, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations.

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In Canada When Are Gifts or Inheritances Taxable?

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In Canada, gifts and inheritances are generally not taxable to the recipient. However, there are some important nuances and exceptions to consider:

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Gifts from an Employer May be a Taxable Benefit

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In Canada, gifts from an employer can be considered taxable benefits in certain circumstances. The taxation of employer-provided gifts depends on several factors, including the nature and value of the gift, the frequency of such gifts, and the specific rules set by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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Gifting Capital Property is a Disposition for Tax Purposes

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In Canada, gifting a capital property is considered a disposition for tax purposes. When you gift a capital property to someone, it is treated as if you have sold the property at its fair market value (FMV) at the time of the gift. This means that you may be subject to capital gains tax on any accrued gains in the property's value up to the date of the gift, even though you didn't receive any cash in return.

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Prepare for Income Tax at Year-End

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As tax laws and regulations change, it's crucial to consult with a tax professional or check the latest resources for the most up-to-date information.

Here are some common steps individuals may take at the end of the tax year:

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Taxes and the College Student in Canada

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How to maximize tax refunds as a college student in Canada

Maximizing your tax refunds as a college student in Canada involves understanding the tax credits and deductions available to you and ensuring you claim them correctly on your tax return. Here are some tips to help you maximize your tax refunds:

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Choosing Between a TFSA or RRSP For Savings

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The choice between a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) depends on various factors, including your financial goals, current income, and retirement plans. Here are some key considerations for both:

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Filing Your Personal Tax Return Benefits - Part 2

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here are five more benefits of filing your personal Canadian income tax return:

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Filing Your Personal Tax Return Benefits - Part 3

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Filing your personal Canadian income tax return can also help you qualify for various government benefits. Here are some examples:

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Why Usa a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB)?

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Opting for a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB) instead of managing bookkeeping tasks independently offers several advantages:

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