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New home tax
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Answered: Your Most Burning Tax Questions About Building a New House

November was a fun month. We attended my brother’s wedding in Hong Kong, and we got to spend a week with a bunch of close friends on a 7-day cruise. As always, I’m incredibly grateful for the help of my team to allow me to take a long…
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The Danger of Reporting Multiple Years of Losses

A couple of months ago, I met with a real estate investor for an initial consultation. As part of the process, I asked him what his long-term goals are.  He said, “I would like to give up my job one day to volunteer full time and give…
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How to Pay 13.5% Small Business Tax on Rental Income

Did you see this headline – “Liberal government writes off $1.1B US loan, plus interest, docs show” on MSN.com? Federal government wrote off a loan made to Chrysler during the 2009 global economic meltdown. I believe in making progress…

How to Deduct Travel Expense by Avoiding This Cirque Du Soleil’s $38M Mistake

I spent a few days in Hong Kong last week attending my grandma’s funeral.  (Thank you for all the clients who’ve reached out.  Much appreciated.) While I was there prepping for this week’s blog post, I found a court case about Cirque…
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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…
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6 Little Known Facts About Structuring Joint Venture Deal in Real Estate

Back to school week! My daughter is in Junior Kindergarten this year. Since she had been in half day daycare five days a week last year, I didn’t expect to get emotional when she’s off to the full-day kindergarten on Tuesday. I…
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5 HST Planning Tips for Developers and Builders

This summer has been tough. A close client passed away suddenly at the age of 52, leaving his wife, his children, his family, friends and JV partners all in shock. At the visitation of his funeral, packed with his friends and families,…
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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…
UNPAID TAXES
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5 Lessons Learned From $600 Million Unpaid Taxes

I hope everyone had a great May long weekend. We spent our weekend at one of our favourite cousin's wedding. My kids were the ring bearer and flower girl. They had never been to a wedding before, let alone being part of the party.…
Tax Questions
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6 Common Tax Questions Asked by Top 200 Realtors & Investors

Happy Mother's day to all of you. It's a special year this year. I finally got to spend my mother's day with my mom, the superhero in my life. 😊 She's in town to visit for a week, spending some quality time with us and enjoying…