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The goods and services tax (GST) is a tax that applies to most goods and services made in Canada. Here's what you need to know about registration, reporting and more.

A big welcome to the co-op students who joined our firm this month: Max Weisberg, Daylin Wallis and Lorne Chauvel! Max is returning for his second co-op in the Burnaby office, and Daylin and Lorne are in the Surrey office.

How can you best use capital gains and losses to reduce your taxes owed? Clearline CPA partner Bilal Kathrada breaks it down in this article, originally published to the @cpa_bc Newsroom.

As a result of the various federal COVID-19 benefits, the CRA has introduced these additional T4 reporting requirements for all employers.

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Congratulations To Our Successful CFE Writers!

We are excited to announce that all of our writers of the CPA Common Final Exam (CFE) were successful this year. Congratulations to Alex Dundas, Kathleen Red, and Arwen Rodgers for achieving this milestone in their academic and professional careers!   The CFE is the final written exam that a CPA candidate needs to successfully…

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What is the GST/HST Program?

The goods and services tax (GST) is a tax that applies to most supplies of goods and services made in Canada. Depending on the province in which you are providing the goods or services, different GST/HST rates can apply. A list of the GST/HST rates by province can be found here.   Who needs to…

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Fall Fiscal Update: Summary of Tax Measures

  The Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, delivered the 2020 Fiscal Update on Nov. 30th. Highlights of the tax measures announced in the Update are summarized below. The Update did not contain any significant tax changes or increases.   Business Income Tax   CEWS Subsidy Extension The Government will increase the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy…

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COVID-19: New Rent Subsidy and Business Grants

    Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)   The Federal Government has outlined a new relief program to support tenants and property owners affected by COVID-19 that replaces the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program (CECRA). The new rent subsidy, called the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), is proposed to apply from September 27, 2020…

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What stays the same this school year? The importance of investing in RESPs

by Shane Schepens Originally published to CPABC’s newsroom. Photo credit: leolintang/iStock/Getty Images   The new school year is well underway, and it’s a year drastically different from previous years. While the way children are being educated will continue to vary depending on COVID-19 measures, the importance of investing in registered education…

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CEWS Update As a reminder, the federal government has changed the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for July through November (Periods 5 to 9). These changes remove the requirement to have a 30% revenue decline to qualify. Now, any eligible employer that has any percentage of revenue decline can qualify for…

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