Whether you choose to crank up the A/C or pitch a tent in the frozen food aisle of your local supermarket (hey, we’re not judging), August is a month where keeping cool is key. Grab a spot in the shade and check out this quick recap of the latest enhancements and updates in QuickBooks Online.

Pay bills electronically within QuickBooks Online

Powered by, the new Bill Pay feature allows users to pay bills electronically directly within QuickBooks Online. Pay vendors and contractors via ACH or paper check without ever leaving QuickBooks, and upload invoices into QuickBooks Online to convert them into a bill or vendor credit. Your accounting is done for you—bill payments are automatically recorded and linked to bills.

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The Justin Trudeau government in July announced a number of tax changes that will have a big impact on business owners, sparking a lot of anger and frustration about the changes among advisers, but not a lot of practical strategies yet.
It is still early days, and not every plan announced or hinted at will be fully rolled out. But if we assume that they are, then here are some ideas on how to handle them.
To start, let’s review the changes on a high level:
1. Business owners who “sprinkle” dividends to family members in order to draw funds out of a corporation at a low tax rate — may no longer be able to do so. This will also likely eliminate the ability of multiple adult family members to take advantage of the lifetime capital gains exemption on a business sale. This usually took place if various family members owned shares of a holding company or the shares were held in a Family Trust.

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If you’ve ever considered making a significant financial gift to your children, you’re not alone. A recent CIBC poll of 3,021 randomly selected Canadian adults found that the majority (76 per cent) of Canadian parents with a child 18 years or older would give their kids a financial boost to help them move out, get married, or move in with a partner.

Once you decide to give, however, the next question is how much should you give, what form should your gift take and what are the tax, and in some cases, family law considerations and opportunities associated with making a gift.

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Small business owners across the land are still reeling from last month’s announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau targeting private corporations and fundamentally changing the way businesses and incorporated professionals are taxed. The tax strategies being challenged can be categorized into three main areas: income sprinkling, earning passive investment income in a corporation, and converting a corporation’s ordinary income into tax-preferred capital gains.
In a previous column, I’ve discussed the proposed income sprinkling rules that would effectively eliminate opportunities for business owners to sprinkle dividends and capital gains among adult relatives, unless they contribute “reasonable” labour or capital to the business.
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Small business owners, including incorporated professionals such as doctors, lawyers, accountants and others, will likely face a higher tax bill in the years ahead as a result of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s announcement this week targeting several common, and until now, perfectly legal, tax strategies used in conjunction with private corporations.

The strategies under attack can be categorized into three main areas: income sprinkling, earning passive investment income in a corporation and converting a corporation’s ordinary income into tax-preferred capital gains.

Among these changes, it’s the first one — income sprinkling — which is perhaps deemed the most offensive of the three and the one that will likely have the broadest financial impact on small business owners and incorporated professionals.

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