Government of Canada to allow up to $400 for home office expenses

For the 2020 tax year, the Government of Canada introduced a temporary flat rate method to allow Canadians working from home this year due to Covid-19 to claim expenses of up to $400.
December 29, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Business Owners: 2020 Tax Planning Tips for the End of the Year

It's a great time to review your business finances now that we are nearing year-end. We have listed some of the critical areas to consider and provide you with some helpful guidelines to make sure that you cover all the essentials. We have divided our tax planning tips into four sections:

- Year-end tax checklist
- Remuneration
- Business tax
- Estate
December 14, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Highlights of the 2020 Federal Fall Economic Statement | Additional $20,000 CEBA loan available now

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently provided the government's fall economic update. It included information on the government's strategy for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its plan to help shape the recovery. We've summarized the highlights for you:

• Corporate Tax Changes, including extensions to subsidy programs.

• Personal Tax Changes, including additional Canada Child Benefit Plan payments and a new "Work from home" tax credit.

• Indirect Tax Changes, including the proposal to charge GST/HST on services provided via digital platforms, as well as the temporary removal of GST/HST on face masks and shields.

For business owners, as of December 4th, the CEBA loan has been expanded by an additional $20,000.
December 7, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Applications for the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy starts today!

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy is open for applications today! Unlike the previous program, this subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

CERS covers up to 65% of rent for businesses, charities and non-profits impacted by COVID-19.

An additional 25% Lockdown Support is available during a public health lockdown order.
November 23, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Defined Contribution vs. Benefit Pension Plan for Employees

As an employer, you may be thinking about offering your employees a pension plan. If so, you have two main options: a defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution pension plan. A defined benefit pension plan offers your employees a set amount of money when they retire, whereas a defined contribution pension plan does not.

We walk you through the differences between the two types of pension plans.
November 2, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Why Advisors Should Consider a Website Design

We were recently featured in the Globe and Mail speaking about designing websites and content for financial advisors and integrating it with social and email newsletters. In the article we talk about how advisors can use their website to grow their business.

We are grateful to the advisors that choose us to be their content and website provider and giving us the opportunity to grow with them. Thank you to the Globe and Mail for shining a spotlight on Financial Tech Tools.
October 25, 2020/by Angelina Hung

Applications for Canada Recovery Benefit now open!

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is now open for applications.

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
October 13, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy | Wage Subsidy extended | CEBA additional $20,000 loan

Great news for businesses! The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be available directly to business owners who need rent relief. The Wage Subsidy has been extended to June 2021. And the CEBA has been expanded to provide up to $20,000 interest-free loan.
October 9, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Applications for Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and Caregiving Benefit starts today!

Starting October 5, 2020, the Government of Canada will be accepting online applications for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB).
October 5, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools

Throne Speech: Recovery Plan Highlights

On September 23rd, in a speech delivered by Governor General Julie Payette, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined the Federal government's priorities.
September 24, 2020/by Financial Tech Tools