“Christmas in July”: it was a popular phrase in the summer of 2015. A federal election was nearly upon us and the old Conservative government had decided to increase our child benefits. The increase in the benefits was paid out on July 20, 2015 and was retroactive to January 2015 so those of us with… Read More Got Kids?…Then Your Gov’t Cheque is in the Mail…The Sequel!
If you’ve been following the news these past few weeks, you probably know that there are big changes coming to our taxes here in Canada. A middle-class tax cut, no more income splitting, tax increases to the wealthy….what it all means to your family is only the first of many loaded questions I’ve been asked about recently. These loaded questions can… Read More The Family Tax Series: “My New Child Benefits Are How Much??!!”
Dear Toronto-Dominion Bank/TD Canada Trust, It’s getting to the point where the word trust should be forcibly removed from your name. Over the past couple of weeks, as Canadian parents have learned about the increased UCCB payments (including the so-called “Christmas in July” lump-sum payments received this past week), all I’ve seen in my Facebook… Read More An Open Letter to TD Canada Trust
Author’s note: If you followed a link directly to this post, don’t forget to check out the follow-up blog post on income splitting! Due to popular demand (thanks to the 3.5 people who asked for a follow-up!)….I give you a Tax Plan Showdown: Harper’s UCCB increase vs. Trudeau’s reinvention of the way we receive child benefits.… Read More The Politics of Deception: Harper vs. Trudeau, a Tax Plan Showdown!
Author’s note: this blog post talks about the UCCB increase only. For a closer look at more “real world” scenarios on how the Trudeau and Harper tax plans will affect your bottom line, please check out the follow-up post! Full disclosure: sometimes I use catchy blog titles or gimmicky phrases to attract readers to my… Read More Got Kids?…Then Your Gov’t Cheque is in the Mail!
Gotta be honest. I’ve never had quite the reader reaction to a blog post like I’ve had to last week’s post on daycare fee increases. Out of around 130,000 parents in Quebec with kids in $7/day daycare, around 2% of them read my post during the past week! Craziness. So thanks for reading and thanks to… Read More The Death of $7/Day Daycare in Quebec: What Do I Do??
Hi! Welcome back to me! After a mostly silent summer, the approach of the autumn season seems to have awakened this Funny Accountant from his slumber. Truth be told, it’s been a busy summer…with work, our new house having been a constant work-in-progress, a preggers wife and a 2.6804-year-old getting used to her big girl bed, little time remains… Read More Daycare and taxes and audits, oh my!!
It’s tax season!….and election season! Oh what a fun time of year, so much to do, so many debates to watch, so many polls to analyze. I thought I’d drop my 2 cents into the fountain before it all comes to an end…and hopefully help someone make some money at the same time. So I’m… Read More Scream It From the Rooftops: Vote! And File Your Taxes!
I’ve said time and time again that I’m a logical guy. I guess it’s the accountant in me…but now that I’m a Father and husband (yet still an accountant at heart), my logic extends to the society and people around me, trying to right the wrongs of the world and making my daughter’s future (hopefully… Read More The Big Day: Budget 2014 – The Budgetpocalypse!
For the average Canadian, the decisions about where to invest extra cash can be overwhelming to say the least. So many acronyms…RRSP, RESP, TFSA, need I go on?? Many people rely on experts in select fields to help them make these decisions, while many self-educate and make the decisions themselves. Whichever category you fall into,… Read More RRSP…WXYZ! Chapter 4: The Big Decisions About Where to Invest Your Money