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About Personal Tax Advisors

Sunny Widerman has been preparing income tax returns for entrepreneurial Canadians and their friends since 2002. Her friendly, non-judgemental approach to tax services and advice and lively public speaking style have made her a favourite among audiences and clients alike. She has been featured by Advisor's Edge, the Canadian Media Guild, the Professional Writer's Association of Canada, the Editor's Association of Canada, CARFAC Dispatch and others.

Commuting costs for self-employed consultants

Q: I am a self-employed consultant and I travel to and from my work via Uber, Lyft or taxi most days. Can I write off the cost of these services as a business expense? If I take my own car, can I write off motor vehicle expenses? A: The answer depends on whether or not [...]

Principal Residence: House vs Cottage

How to choose and why it matters The Principal Residence Exemption allows Canadian taxpayers to avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of a principal residence. To be considered the Principal Residence, a residential property must be ‘regularly occupied’ by the owner at some point during the year. If someone owns two residences and [...]

Choosing the $400 Work-From-Home deduction vs self-employment business-use-of-home

Covid-19 changed everything, including changes to taxes for the 2020 tax year. Now that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is offering a small Work-From-Home (WFH) deduction for salaried people, self-employed Canadians have questions. Specifically, people who have always deducted business-use-of-home (BUH) as part of self-employment and who also have salaried (T4) jobs they did from home [...]

Choosing Your GST-HST Filing Period

What Is A Filing Period? Your GST/HST filing period determines how often you must file a GST/HST return. Unlike income tax returns (which always have an annual filing period with a set year-end and filing deadline), GST/HST registrants usually have several options. For businesses earning annual revenues of $1.5 million or less the default filing [...]

Business Deductions: The Reasonable Expectation of Profit

Business owners, freelancers and self-employed people have many questions about what they can and can't write off for their taxes. This is a potentially endless topic. There are an infinite number of possible businesses, with an infinite number of ways they can be run; meaning there are an infinite number of potential business deductions. The [...]

Foreign Property Worth Over $100,000 CAD

 In the last few years you have probably noticed a question on your Canadian income tax return asking if you owned any foreign property: "Did you own or hold specified foreign property where the total cost amount of all such property at any time, in the tax year, was more than $100,000 CAD?" What [...]

Remote Tax Preparation

March 17, 2020 - In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, Personal Tax Advisors will be completing all tax preparation remotely (no in-person appointments) until further notice. Remote Tax Preparation allows you to have the same level of service as an in-person appointment, but with the convenience of not having to come to our location. [...]

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