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  • Travel Expenses: Home to Work Site
    Posted

    Travel from home to a regular place of employment is usually a personal expenditure, the costs of which cannot be claimed as an employment expense. However, if the taxpayer is required to travel away from the employer’s place of business, amounts may be deductible by the employee.

    A June 29, 2018 Tax Court of Canada case examined this issue. The taxpayer travelled from home to three different construction sites to carry on employment duties. Specifically, the taxpayer’s work for a Toronto construction corporation required frequent travel to sites requiring round trips of 167 km (Hamilton) and 92 km (Aurora), and infrequently to a site requiring a 94 km round trip (Whitby).

    CRA argued that each was a regular place of employment, such that no deduction was available. The Court, however, concluded that this was travel “away from the employer’s place of business or in different places”, as required by the Income Tax Act. As such, the costs of this travel could qualify as deductible employment expenses.

    While the taxpayer was not ultimately successful in his claim due to his receipt of an allowance from his employer, the case may provide a basis for business travel from home to a construction site.

    As implied above, there are other conditions that must be met in order to deduct amounts against employment income. For example, the employee must not receive a non-taxable allowance in respect of the travel, and an appropriately completed T2200 from their employer must have been issued.

     

    CAUTION ITEM: Although it may be possible deduct travel amounts against employment income, such amounts are often challenged by CRA.

    Travel from home to a regular place of employment is usually a personal expenditure, the costs of which cannot be claimed as an employment expense. However, if the taxpayer is required to travel away from the employer’s place of business, amounts may be deductible by the employee.

    A June 29, 2018 Tax Court of Canada case examined this issue. The taxpayer travelled from home to three different construction sites to carry on employment duties. Specifically, the taxpayer’s work for a Toronto construction corporation required frequent travel to sites requiring round trips of 167 km (Hamilton) and 92 km (Aurora), and infrequently to a site requiring a 94 km round trip (Whitby).

    CRA argued that each was a regular place of employment, such that no deduction was available. The Court, however, concluded that this was travel “away from the employer’s place of business or in different places”, as required by the Income Tax Act. As such, the costs of this travel could qualify as deductible employment expenses.

    While the taxpayer was not ultimately successful in his claim due to his receipt of an allowance from his employer, the case may provide a basis for business travel from home to a construction site.

    As implied above, there are other conditions that must be met in order to deduct amounts against employment income. For example, the employee must not receive a non-taxable allowance in respect of the travel, and an appropriately completed T2200 from their employer must have been issued.

     

    CAUTION ITEM: Although it may be possible deduct travel amounts against employment income, such amounts are often challenged by CRA.

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  • ALS WALK 2019
    Posted

    This past weekend Tracey Stratton along with other members of staff completed the Walk to End ALS in Ottawa. The total raised this year was $4,160! (fundraising, bake sale).

    Every year the office participates in the walk in memory of our former partner Andy Foreman.  Andy passed away in 2013 and since that time we have raised in excess of $20,000 for this worthwhile and close to home cause.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our efforts this year.

    This past weekend Tracey Stratton along with other members of staff completed the Walk to End ALS in Ottawa. The total raised this year was $4,160! (fundraising, bake sale).

    Every year the office participates in the walk in memory of our former partner Andy Foreman.  Andy passed away in 2013 and since that time we have raised in excess of $20,000 for this worthwhile and close to home cause.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to our efforts this year.

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  • SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2019
    Posted

    Andrews & Co. is hittin the field this upcoming summer! Staff have recently joined a Softball League through Ottawa Sport & Social Club. Everyone is looking forward to working and playing together as a team on Tuesday nights.

    Andrews & Co. is hittin the field this upcoming summer! Staff have recently joined a Softball League through Ottawa Sport & Social Club. Everyone is looking forward to working and playing together as a team on Tuesday nights.

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  • Summer Office Hours 2019
    Posted

    Please note our office hours have changed for the summer

    Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm

    Friday 8:30am – 1:00pm

    Please note our office hours have changed for the summer

    Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm

    Friday 8:30am – 1:00pm

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  • 2019 ALS WALK
    Posted

    As many of you know our partner Andy Foreman passed away in March 2013 from ALS. ALS is a terminal disease that takes away people’s ability to walk, talk and eventually breath on their own.

    Staff member Tracey Stratton has once again registered to take part in the annual “Walk to End ALS’  which this year takes place on June 8.   Walking with Tracey will be other staff members, Andy’s wife and other members of his family. Through fundraising events including a bake sale and the walk a goal of $4,100 has been set to try and beat last years total raised of $4,075.

    If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause the details can be found in this link: Personal Fundraising Page: https://secure.alsevents.ca/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4429439&langPref=en-CA

    As many of you know our partner Andy Foreman passed away in March 2013 from ALS. ALS is a terminal disease that takes away people’s ability to walk, talk and eventually breath on their own.

    Staff member Tracey Stratton has once again registered to take part in the annual “Walk to End ALS’  which this year takes place on June 8.   Walking with Tracey will be other staff members, Andy’s wife and other members of his family. Through fundraising events including a bake sale and the walk a goal of $4,100 has been set to try and beat last years total raised of $4,075.

    If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause the details can be found in this link: Personal Fundraising Page: https://secure.alsevents.ca/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4429439&langPref=en-CA

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  • 2019 After Tax Party
    Posted

    And that’s a wrap! Andrews & Co. celebrated another successful tax season last Friday, with a fully catered party for all our hard working staff. This year we had Meatings Barbecue put on an incredible spread and Stray Dog Brewing Company who supplied a fantastic specialty beer!

    And that’s a wrap! Andrews & Co. celebrated another successful tax season last Friday, with a fully catered party for all our hard working staff. This year we had Meatings Barbecue put on an incredible spread and Stray Dog Brewing Company who supplied a fantastic specialty beer!

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  • Breakfast Series #2
    Posted

    Andrews & Co. staff enjoyed the 2nd Breakfast Series with a creative “Cereal Bar”. The bar was filled with cereals, fruits, and pastries. Thank you to our wonderful Admin staff for putting together another wonderful spread!

     

    Andrews & Co. staff enjoyed the 2nd Breakfast Series with a creative “Cereal Bar”. The bar was filled with cereals, fruits, and pastries. Thank you to our wonderful Admin staff for putting together another wonderful spread!

     

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  • TAX DEADLINE REMINDER
    Posted

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to file your 2018 personal income tax return is tomorrow – Tuesday, April 30th 2019. 

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to file your 2018 personal income tax return is tomorrow – Tuesday, April 30th 2019. 

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  • 2019 TAX SCAMS
    Posted

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released some valuable information in regards to how to protect yourself against fraud. It is important that taxpayers are very attentive when they receive information by telephone, mail, text message or email requesting personal information such as: social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number.

    These scams are usually sent with the intention that taxpayers can’t receive a refund or benefit payment unless they send the required information. Other communications ask taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where they need to enter personal information. These are all scams, and should never be responded to.

    The CRA has come up with the following information to identify legitimate communications (please be aware of these guidelines and understand what to expect when the CRA contacts you):

     

    The CRA may:

    • Verify your identify by asking for personal information such as: full name, date of birth, address or social insurance number
    • Ask for details about your account, in the case of a business enquiry
    • Call you to begin an audit process

    The CRA will never:

    • Ask for information about your passport, health card, drivers license
    • Ask for payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards
    • Use aggressive languor or threaten you (or leave voicemails threatening you)

     

    To find out more information of what the CRA may do, or will never do by mail, email and text messages please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html?wbdisable=true

     

     

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released some valuable information in regards to how to protect yourself against fraud. It is important that taxpayers are very attentive when they receive information by telephone, mail, text message or email requesting personal information such as: social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number.

    These scams are usually sent with the intention that taxpayers can’t receive a refund or benefit payment unless they send the required information. Other communications ask taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where they need to enter personal information. These are all scams, and should never be responded to.

    The CRA has come up with the following information to identify legitimate communications (please be aware of these guidelines and understand what to expect when the CRA contacts you):

     

    The CRA may:

    • Verify your identify by asking for personal information such as: full name, date of birth, address or social insurance number
    • Ask for details about your account, in the case of a business enquiry
    • Call you to begin an audit process

    The CRA will never:

    • Ask for information about your passport, health card, drivers license
    • Ask for payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards
    • Use aggressive languor or threaten you (or leave voicemails threatening you)

     

    To find out more information of what the CRA may do, or will never do by mail, email and text messages please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html?wbdisable=true

     

     

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  • Beer Tasting
    Posted

    Thank you Stray Dog for providing us with samples of some of your top hits! Staff got the chance to sample the following: Anytime Pale Ale , Night Owl Session Stout, Shaggin’ Wagon Pale Ale & This One California Common. It was a tight race between the Anytime Pale Ale and the Shaggin’ Wagon Pale Ale. After serious debate, we have decided to go with the Anytime Pale Ale for our Annual After Tax Party.

    Thank you Stray Dog for providing us with samples of some of your top hits! Staff got the chance to sample the following: Anytime Pale Ale , Night Owl Session Stout, Shaggin’ Wagon Pale Ale & This One California Common. It was a tight race between the Anytime Pale Ale and the Shaggin’ Wagon Pale Ale. After serious debate, we have decided to go with the Anytime Pale Ale for our Annual After Tax Party.

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