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End Game: 5 lessons learned from this tax season

I did somehow to squeeze a night out to watch the End Game. I was caught off guard by the ending. Like everyone else, my small logical mind was trying to make sense of the storyline.  Oh well, I am not going to give any spoiler here.…
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7 Best Back-Office Practices A Real Estate Investor Should Adopt – Part 2

It’s Ontario’s budget date.  When the Federal budget was released, the message from the Fed was to spend, spend and spend. Ontario, however, has a pre-budget message to cut, cut and cut.  Cutting taxes and cutting…
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Why I Learned from My Mistake (And Maybe You Should Too)

I made a mistake. It’s sad but I made a mistake.  It was the last week of November. In a week or so, our family would be going on vacation in the south. Canadian winter is hard to predict.  Sometimes, you get snow in…
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How to Split Income From Your Real Estate Portfolio Under the New Income Splitting Rule

Happy Valentine’s day everyone! It has been quite a week getting back from the sunny south to this winter wonderland. I just had a great conversation with my tax mentor, a retired partner at Deloitte to discuss the possibility of…
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10 Lessons Learned From Analyzing Commercial Properties

A couple of weeks ago, Erwin and his friends found a mixed-used property that they’re interested in. The property is located on a busy street, across the street from a site that was sold to a developer.  This site will be home to a future…
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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…

Is a new roof a one time write off or a depreciable expense?

My mom messaged me last week asking for an opinion on her loan arrangement. She is buying another parking spot in the condo complex that she currently has a rental unit. The whole plan is that my parents will be taking back the rental…
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How to Protect Your Asset Using a Corporation

A Corporation is considered a separate legal entity. It files its own tax return and can operate its own business. It can also be sued. One of the main reasons why an investor would incorporate is that they are concerned with their potential…
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How to Lower Your Taxes by Distinguishing Between Capital Gain and Income

Over the years, I’ve met a few people that would be so concerned about paying taxes that they would not invest at all. I also have a few people who put so much attention into deducting personal expenses even though they aren’t doing…