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Canadian Tax Help – How Does Accounts Receivable Affect Profitability?

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How do past due invoices impact my company’s profitability?

Although Accounts Receivable (AR) is considered an asset, having slow turnover of receivables can negatively affect your company’s bottom line.

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Canadian FAQ #209 – Capital Assets On A Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

What are Capital Assets on a Balance Sheet? The Capital Assets category appears under Long Term Assets on a Balance Sheet. It is also referred to as Property, Plant and Equipment. This section is comprised of various property such as buildings, machinery, computers, vehicles and other equipment.

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Canadian Tax FAQ – Prepaids on a Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

What are Prepaids on a Balance Sheet? The Prepaids category appears under Current Assets on a Balance Sheet. Prepaids represent expenses that are paid in advance for a future period.

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Canadian FAQ #207 – Inventory On A Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

The Inventory category appears under Current Assets on a Balance Sheet. It is a common category used for companies from the manufacturing and distribution sector. Inventory is comprised of raw materials, work in progress (WIP), and finished goods.

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Worker’s Compensation Board In Canada

Grant Gilmour

The WCB manages workplace insurance for employers and workers. In Canada, each province and territory has its own WCB that is a statutory corporation created by the provincial government.

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Canadian Tax Help – Accounts Receivable On A Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

This post deal with “Accounts Receivable” on a Balance Sheet. The Accounts Receivable category appears under Current Assets on a Balance Sheet as it is expected that amounts outstanding will be collected within one year. It represents funds that a company has a right to receive because it has provided customers with goods and services.

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Canadian FAQ #205 – Cash on a Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

Tax Question:

What is Cash on a Balance Sheet?

Facts:

The Cash category appears under Current Assets on a Balance Sheet. Most companies have bank accounts which they use to keep a record of their deposits and payments. Cash generally includes all bank accounts and petty cash.

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Canada Pension Plan (And Other “Foreign Social Security”), The “Net Worth” Test, Form 8854 And Form 8938

John Richardson

Q. How does the inability of the state of Rhode Island to pay its employee pensions help us understand the “net worth” of a U.S. citizen wanting to renounce U.S. citizenship?

A. The answer (like most wisdom in the modern world) is explained in the following tweet.

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The “Exit Tax”: Dual US/Canada Citizen From Birth, No Canada Citizenship Today = No Exemption To US “Exit Tax”

John Richardson

Relinquishing US citizenship: South African Apartheid, the Accidental Taxpayer and the exit tax

The above references a “guest post” written by Dominic Ferszt of Cape Town South Africa. The post demonstrates how the “dual citizen from birth” exemption to the S. 877A “Exit Tax” relies on the citizenship laws of other nations. In some cases those laws of other nations are arbitrary and unjust. If these laws were U.S. laws, they might violate the equal protection and/or due process guarantees found in the United States constitution. For example, Mr. Ferszt describes how the “dual citizenship exemption” to the “Ext Tax” is dependent on South African “Apartheid Laws”. He describes a situation where a “black” U.S. citizen from birth is denied the benefits of the dual citizen exemption to the Exit Tax, which are available to a “white” dual citizen from birth. (During the “Apartheid Era” Blacks were not entitled to South African citizenship.)

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Canadian FAQ #204 – Balance Sheet Series

Grant Gilmour

Tax Question:

What are the most common groupings of Asset and Liabilities on a Balance Sheet?

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International FAQ #24 – Registering for a GST Account

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Tax Question:

What is a Canadian federal goods and services tax (GST) account and do I need to register for one?

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Increase In Rate Of Withholding Of Tax On Dispositions Of US Real Property Interests

Larry Stolberg

On December 18th, President Obama signed H.R. 2029, using the tax (the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015”) and spending bills (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016) to fund the government for its 2016 fiscal year.

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