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There are 3 proposed changes that could effectively kill the small business as we know it.

1. Income “Sprinkling” - Many small business owners employ and pay family members for working in the business.  Although this splitting of income has always been on the radar of CRA, the government now proposes to take it a step further. IF the changes are approved, CRA will be able to apply a ‘reasonableness test’ to determine if in fact, the family member is actually an employee or the business owner is merely attempting to save on taxes by incurring the payroll costs within the business.

Debt Management for Students

Unless their parents put in place planning for post-secondary education students will owe close to $30,000 upon graduation. It is estimated 74% of students will owe this amount when they graduate and most will need even further training to be successful in their chosen field. In addition the cost of tuition for a number of specialized professions has dis-proportionately risen in recent years – putting these students at risk for even higher debt loads upon graduation.

In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador the increases occur October 1. The new rates are:

•Alberta: $13.60/hr
•Saskatchewan: $10.96/hr
•Manitoba: $11.15/hr (general), $13.40 (security guards)
•Ontario: $11.60/hr (general), $10.90 (Students), $10.10 (Liquor Servers), $12.80 (homeworkers)
•Newfoundland and Labrador: $11.00/hr

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Employers are responsible for withholding and remitting source deductions on payments to their employees. This principle becomes tricky to apply when the employer is a complex corporate structure made up of multiple legal entities. Questions about which entity is liable to deduct and remit source deductions to the CRA may occur when labour is shared among the group and the employer of record struggles financially and the others are doing well.

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To start there is a great deal of talk about modernizing NAFTA, improving the agreement to add provisions on trade in services, digital commerce, intellectual property and even reference to establishing “strong and enforceable environmental obligations” and other things that, subject to careful reading, could be acceptable as a basis for negotiations.

Since the start of May, the dollar has gained nearly 10 per cent through June and July, topping the 80 cent US market on July 24 - buoyed by a series of strong data points about the Canadian economy, including  a strong job market, rising retail sales and increases in manufacturing output.

Bill Morneau – Finance Minister is to unveil a package of proposed reforms - part of an commitment to crack down on tax avoidance and evasion.

“There are signs that our system isn’t working as well as it should, specifically when it comes to private corporations,” writes Morneau. “There is evidence that some may be using corporate structures to avoid paying their fair share, rather than to invest in their business and maintain their competitive advantage.”

The following tax measures were included in this Act Canada Caregiver Credit replaces the Caregiver Amount, Family Caregiver Amount, and the Amount for Infirm Dependants over age 18.  Many taxpayers caring for infirm dependents will see little change, although there will be some differences such as:

Under the program as it stands, taxpayers may come forward voluntarily to tell CRA about omissions or mistakes made in reporting income tax, excise tax and duties, source deductions, GST/HST.  CRA is using some of its close to $1 billion in new funding to crack down on tax cheats and limit the breadth of the VDP.