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ARCHIVED ISSUES - APRIL 2012


 

FEATURED CLIENT: FULLY MANAGED

The team at Fully Managed lives and breathes their passion for technology. Their Top Guns are famous for not only using, but also making sure to recommend the best and most current technology available. However, with new and improved tools reaching the market faster, once leading-edge machines have a much shorter life cycle and many are, regrettably, set aside.

Last year, Fully Managed had the incredible opportunity to help a man in Africa improve his business and his family’s quality of life by sending him one of these outdated by North American standards, but still fully-working laptops. Inspired by how this computer changed his life, as well as the greater educational opportunities that his children will have, the Laptops for Africa program was created. Fully Managed's mission has become collecting, refurbishing and sending more “hand-me-down” technology to Africa, getting these powerful tools into the hands of children and families who can use it to create better opportunities for themselves and their communities. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LAPTOPS FOR AFRICA >>


BC BUDGET 2012 HIGHLIGHTS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS & MANAGERS

The 2012 BC Budget was released recently and contains a number of items that are relevant to business owners and managers. Below are some of the highlights of the budget:

JOBS PLAN
B.C. Budget 2012 also supports Premier Christy Clark's B.C. Jobs Plan with tax measures for businesses that:

  • Provide an additional $3 million for the Small Business Venture Capital Program.
  • Extend the Training Tax Credit program.
  • Introduce new training tax credits for shipbuilding and ship repair industry employers.

FISCAL PLAN
The B.C. Government plans to balance its budget in 2013-14. The Province forecasts a deficit of $968 million in 2012-13, and surpluses of $154 million in 2013-14 and $250 million in 2014-15.

SMALL BUSINESS TAXES
The B.C. Government stated that due to the uncertain fiscal environment, the small business corporate tax rate will be maintained at 2.5 per cent and will be revisited after the fiscal situation has improved. The B.C. Government had previously planned to reduce it.

CORPORATE TAXES
The new fiscal plan also includes a temporary one-point increase in the general corporate income tax rate to 11%, effective April 1, 2014. This provisional increase will be dependent upon economic growth.

CARBON TAX REVIEW
The B.C. Government announced that no additional carbon tax increases are scheduled after July 1, 2012.

PERSONAL BENEFITS
B.C. Budget 2012 introduces new tax measures that benefit seniors, families and businesses, including:

  • The B.C. First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus of up to $10,000.
  • The B.C. Seniors' Home Renovation Tax Credit of up to $1,000.
  • The Children's Fitness Credit and the Children's Arts Credit.

ASSET DISPOSAL
Additionally, the B.C. Government announced that it will release non-strategic surplus assets for sale.


GET SECURE ONLINE ACCESS TO YOUR CRA TAX INFORMATION WITH "MY ACCOUNT"

If you want to access your tax and benefit information, you can do so securely by using the Canada Revenue Agency's "My Account" feature on their web site.

In order to register for the service and access your information, you'll need a CRA security code. Once registered, you'll be able to track your refund, view your RRSP limit, view or change your return, and more.

With the CRA's online services, you can file your return, track your refund, and change your personal information. You can also sign up for direct deposit to receive your refund directly into your bank account.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM CANADA REVENUE AGENCY >>


HOW CHANGING THE AGE TO RECEIVE OLD AGE SECURITY (OAS) AFFECTS RETIREMENT

The federal government has suggested that the age to receive Old Age Security may be changed from the current age of 65 to 67. This change represents a number of significant repercussions for retiring Canadians.

Knowledge Bureau author, Douglas Nelson, wrote an informative article about some of the ways that changes to OAS will affect retirement for Canadians in the future, along with strategies for dealing with those consequences, including:

  1. An older retirement age is the new reality
  2. Changes to CPP and OAS are the new reality
  3. The order of withdrawals are changing
  4. Build your RRSP: reinvest your RRSP refund
  5. Add another source of income: open a Tax-Free Savings Account
  6. Transition to retirement over time
  7. Taxes are going up

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON THE KNOWLEDGE BUREAU WEB SITE >>


BOOK OF THE MONTH: MASTERING YOUR RETIREMENT

In this book, author Douglas Nelson talks about the great killers of wealth and how they remove your ability to achieve your retirement goals.Master Your Retirement by Douglas Nelson

You really have only one chance to get it right. This book is about achieving real results:

  • Consistent, reliable income in retirement to plan your affairs with confidence
  • Lower taxes and fees so that risk can be reduced and capital can be preserved
  • A low-risk portfolio for peace of mind and predictability.

Drawing the right amount of income from each source, at the right time, is critical to your long term financial security and for minimizing risk and tax. Your goal is to end up with the most tax efficient retirement outcome, with purchasing power when you need it.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE FROM THE KNOWLEDGE BUREAU >>


FEATURED IPHONE APP: CREDIT CARD TERMINAL

Have you wished for the ability to accept payments from a client while you were away from the office or on the go? Then, this is the app for you. Credit Card Terminal developed by Inner Fence allows you to use your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows phone or computer as a credit card processing device.

You enter the client's credit card information into the app and the payment is done right then and there. You can even send a PDF receipt for payment to the client right from the app.

To use the app, you need a merchant account with Authorize.Net, PayPal Website Payments Pro, or Beanstream (Canada). If you’re new to credit card processing, Inner Fence will help you set up a new merchant account, and will send you a free Credit Card Reader that plugs directly into your device.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON THE INNER FENCE WEB SITE >>


BURNABY BOARD OF TRADE ENGAGEMENT MARKETING SEMINAR

Ask yourself - are you using email and social media to the fullest?

Proactive, outbound email and social media marketing should be a key component of your overall marketing and communications strategy.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION >>


ILLEGAL TAX PROTESTERS PAY A HEAVY PRICE

As two tax protesters in Manitoba and Ontario learned, avoiding payment of income taxes comes with serious consequences in the form of heavy fines and jail time.

This article by Evelyn Jacks discusses the situations these tax(non)payers faced and the origin of income tax in Canada.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION >>


PROFITCENTS USES FINANCIAL STATEMENTS TO GIVE BUSINESS INSIGHT

ProfitCents has a comprehensive, private company industry data platform that allows users to gather real-time industry data and specific recommendations.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION >>


NALH RECOGNIZES STAFF FOR ONGOING EDUCATION PURSUITS

NALH embraces ongoing education as part of our corporate culture. In this spirit, we'd like to recognize Cherie, Barb and Carly, all of whom have who have recently completed courses in a variety of subject areas including: accounting, business law and social media.


SENIOR NALH TECHNICIAN PROMOTED TO ACCOUNT MANAGER

We'd like to congratulate Jason Zheng on his promotion from Senior Accounting Technician to Account Manager at NALH. Jason has been a valuable member of our team for a number of years and we're excited to have him as part of our management team.

 
 
 
       
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