(Originally posted on January 10, 2017)


Is YOUR Investment in Your Business Secured?


When you start your business, you likely apply for a loan; the Bank makes you sign a General Security Agreement, pledging the assets of your business (and likely personal assets) to cover the loan in case something goes wrong.

In other words, the bank is a secured creditor.

The Canada Revenue Agency holds Directors of a Corporation and owners of Sole-Proprietorships accountable for ‘Trust Funds’ – GST/HST and Payroll Taxes. Therefore, CRA is also secured.

Often if you lease equipment or finance equipment through a bank or other third party, they too will likely require a General Security Agreement to protect their interests.

But what about the money you personally invested in your business?

(Originally posted on November 1, 2016)


Introducing LedgersShield – Safeguarding our Clients from the cost of Audits


Does even the thought of being audited by CRA send shivers down your spine?

Do you lose sleep at night worrying that sooner or later, the CRA or another government body will come calling?

Do you worry about the inherent additional accounting fees associated with an audit?

It is a very common misconception that you will be audited only if you are non-compliant in reporting taxes to the various government authorities. In fact, this could not be further from the truth!

Several things can cause your business to be selected for audit, such as:

  • Late filing of income tax returns
  • Late filing or non-filing of GST returns
  • Filing multiple returns at once
  • Late filing of T4’s and related payroll information
  • Employee complaints to the Ministry of Labour
  • Worker’s Compensation Claims
  • Significant change in your business income or expenses
  • CRA Anonymous Tip Program
  • Random Chance

Face it, it is inevitable; sooner or later, you are going to face an audit by one or more of the government revenue agencies.

(Originally posted on September 5, 2016)


Shareholder Agreements – a MUST for Your Business


When more than 50% of marriages end in divorce, what would make one think that a business partnership is any different?

Many friends and family members enter into business together with the best of intentions; however, when working along side someone 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, things change…

If this type of situation arises in your business, do you have a Shareholders’ Agreement to protect yourself?

Firstly however, why an Agreement?

The Shareholders’ Agreement provides a framework to navigate within regarding the shareholder’s rights and obligations, and the protection of the interests of all the shareholders in the event of changing circumstances.

What should your Agreement Include?

(Originally posted on August 30, 2016)


Ledgers is Opening a New Location in Edmonton/ St. Albert, AB


Ledgers is pleased to announce the awarding of a new franchise in Edmonton north and St. Albert. Our newest Network Member Toby Ramsden is the proud owner.

Toby Ramsden will be up running by the end of August, please visit their website at http://edmontonn.ledgers.com for full contact information.

(Originally posted on August 8, 2016)


CRA and Lifestyle Audits, Could You Survive One?


Back in the November 2015 Article, we briefly mentioned the CRA ‘Lifestyle’ Audit.

Recently, the Globe and Mail wrote that the CRA is introducing these Lifestyle Audits as part of the probe into the Vancouver Real Estate Market, suggesting that people are living far beyond their means so they must have undisclosed (or illegal) income.

So this month, we decided to further detail this type of Audit and we pose the question to you:

“Could You Survive a Lifestyle Audit if CRA Came Calling?