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How to Maximize HST Claims When Purchasing a New Vehicle

My cousin got married in May 2016 in Hong Kong. Robin was 2.5 years old, and Bruce was 10-month-old at the time. We would have cramped in a less than 800 square foot condo one bathroom with a total of 4 adults and two kids with my family…
Canadian Real Estate
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The Secret of Understanding Canadian Real Estate Market

A single parking space in Hong Kong has sold for $765,000 according to this Toronto Star article. $765K Canadian Dollars! My parents bought a couple of parking spots in Hong Kong for self-use for $367K late last year. Of course, my…
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Lease vs. buy: How to get a new car that maximizes tax savings

Our lease on our Honda Odyssey was ending coming October. One of our friends got a plug-in hybrid earlier this year.  This plug-in hybrid is considered a “green vehicle” which would allow him to drive on HOV lane on 400 series highway. For…
buying Pre-construction Homes
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Case Study Follow Up: 5 Lessons Learned from Lily Buying MULTIPLE Pre-construction Homes

This is a special week for our family. We got to celebrate Fathers day with my father-in-law. We got to welcome the family of Sharmein, who’s our kids’ nanny, to our house. They arrived Tuesday evening. Sharmein understandably…
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6 Tax Tips That Flippers or Renovators Should Not Miss

With the 1 million immigrants coming to Canada in the next 3 years (historically about 40% come to Ontario), it’s almost inevitable that we'll have housing shortages and crazy rental increases. It’s basic economic principal – supply…
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Top 10 Deductions a Real Estate Investor Should not Miss [Revisited]

2018 is an exciting year. I shared with all of you in an earlier blog post about my 'why', my reason for doing all that I do, which is to be the best I can be. To do this with my accounting practice, I’ve made some plans to provide…
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2 Strategies to Reduce Your Capital Gain Tax at Year-End

Recently I finished listening to the book Leaders Eat Last written by Simon Sinek. There's a lot of great advice, as usual, by Simon.  But one of the ideas that sticks with me the most was his comment about American politicians in the past…

Happy Birthday Canada and How to Calculate Capital Cost Allowance - Part 2

Happy 150 years old Canada! I have lived over half of my life here in Canada, more than 18 years and counting. I still remember the moment when we stepped out of the airport and saw the ENTIRE sky, I was stunned.   You may take…

How to Calculate Capital Cost Allowance - Part 1

I was away with the Rock Star team last week at an entrepreneur conference in Cleveland.   Dan Kennedy, the host, is a successful businessman and the guru in direct response marketing.   The conference was all about the business…
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Do You Make These Mistakes When You File Rental Income in Your Corporation?

Happy belated Easter everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed your Easter as much as I did. We are so fortunate that our neighborhood hosted an annual Easter Egg Hunt every Easter Sunday.  We have been participating ever since we moved here…