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Laurie Bissonette

Value of your business

Value of your business

Although you may be earning a good living from your business and a satisfactory mix of salary and dividends, it’s worth pausing to take stock in the growth in your business.
SR&ED Program changes for 2014 – mind your Ps and Qs

SR&ED Program changes for 2014 – mind your Ps and Qs

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development program (or SR&ED for short) has been around for decades and provides billions of dollars annually as an incentive for companies to perform qualifying research.
Are you the next generation of a family business?

Are you the next generation of a family business?

When transitioning family businesses from one generation to the next, most experts agree that good communication is critical to success. It’s also important to ensure all parties involved understand the process and the documentation in place.
Proactively managing fraud — protect yourself with proper procedures

Proactively managing fraud — protect yourself with proper procedures

Fraudulent activities can be more difficult to detect within private companies, especially where prevention procedures and policies might not be as rigorously established as within larger organizations.
Preventing, managing, and resolving tax disputes

Preventing, managing, and resolving tax disputes

Are you at risk for a CRA audit? Although the audit and appeals process can be time-consuming and difficult, being prepared and managing the audit process in a mutually respectful manner can help you reduce conflicts with the CRA and hopefully make y
Sale of business to employees

Sale of business to employees

In the next few years, your businesses may transition to a different owner. Aside from passing on the business to a family member, you may also want to consider selling the business to your employees.
The competitive advantage of a family business

The competitive advantage of a family business

Family businesses can often have a reputation as having friendlier, more devoted employees—even though it may not feel like that when your family can’t agree on who’s on call that weekend.
Ontario businesses can take advantage of 2014 budget changes

Ontario businesses can take advantage of 2014 budget changes

With a federal election coming in 2015, it’s no surprise that this year’s federal budget did not include any significant tax breaks.
Head off disputes and save tax with shareholders’ agreements

Head off disputes and save tax with shareholders’ agreements

Co-owning a small business with a partner can be a recipe for success for many entrepreneurs. The partners’ different skills and experience can come together to make a stronger business than either of them would have separately.
Should your family-run business pay into EI for relatives?

Should your family-run business pay into EI for relatives?

Is your company paying too much EI? Many family-run companies fail to realize family members working in the business are usually not eligible to collect Employment Insurance if they’re laid off for any reason, including shortage of work, maternity le