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Laurie Bissonette

Family trusts face higher tax rates

Family trusts face higher tax rates

As I get older, I’ve found that my clients and I seem to talk more and more about retirement and estate planning. Since no one wants to leave their loved ones with a problem, it’s a good idea to make these plans well before you think you need them.
Entrepreneurs: Let’s start at the very beginning

Entrepreneurs: Let’s start at the very beginning

Potential entrepreneurs may be so enthusiastic that they start up their business by the seat of their pants with an idea that has grown and evolved, or a concept about which they are passionate.
What “condition” is your practice in?

What “condition” is your practice in?

If you practice a profession, are you taking advantage of all the tax saving opportunities available to you? Many professionals can take advantage of specific tax saving opportunities for their practices, including the ability to incorporate.
Inside job: guarding against business fraud

Inside job: guarding against business fraud

Fraud is a crime of opportunity. More often than not, it’s also personal, which leaves private enterprises particularly vulnerable.
Funding growth through working capital

Funding growth through working capital

As the last several years have proven, the economic climate is uncertain. While the cost of borrowing may be historically low at the moment, it is not always easy for private companies to access that capital.
Sweetening the pot

Sweetening the pot

As a business owner, you know how much of your company’s success hinges on your rela­tionship with employees.
What was in the budget that affects you and your business?

What was in the budget that affects you and your business?

While the March 21, 2013 federal budget’s main thrust seemed to be on jobs and the economy, the budget includes many measures aimed at addressing what the government calls tax “loopholes” in the Canadian tax system.
Are your charity’s CRA tax filings in good form?

Are your charity’s CRA tax filings in good form?

If your organization is a registered charity, you must meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) requirements to maintain your charity’s registered status so you can provide your supporters with tax receipts for their donations, among other reasons.
New WSIB rules mandate coverage for all industry players

New WSIB rules mandate coverage for all industry players

The mandatory WSIB regulations that came into effect in January extend insurance benefits already in place for employees to business owners, as well as corporate officers, inde­pendent operators, sole owners and busi­ness partnerships.
Passing the torch: succession strategies for small business owners

Passing the torch: succession strategies for small business owners

After years of hard work you can look back and be proud of your achievements. You’re a small business owner enjoying a steady income that provides a comfortable lifestyle for your family. You beat the odds.