In the 2012 Manitoba Budget (April 17, 2012), the government basically added this blurb to the top of their “Business and Innovation” list … – Cut red tape for businesses by reducing how often small businesses have to file sales tax. What Does That Mean? Basically, you can see from the Retail Sales Tax (RST) Bulletin No. 004 – originally issued April 2000 – was updated with the highlighted change in yellow in April 2012: Vendors must file a tax return and remit the RST collectable to the Taxation Division. The tax return filing frequency is based on the average [More]
Offline Earnings during the last Decade I have been working out of my home since March 2003, doing both ‘online’ and ‘offline’ work. Basically … whatever works – is my work. Everything I do to earn income is my HBS Management Consultants (HBSMC) business as I am the Proprietor and consider everything to be a division or a subset of this business. Honestly, I don’t really care what I do .. as long as I earn money. If certain aspects of my business needs concentrating on and is producing at the expense of another aspect of my business, I tend [More]
Answer: Start All Over. If you came here looking for a way to fix your broken cell phone .. you probably should continue your search elsewhere. I have no answers for you to save your broken cell phone Here’s my story – but, please wait before you call me an idiot: I just upgraded my cell phone and signed a new 3-year contract August 21, 2009 and had a pretty nice Blackberry 8230 Flip Phone. On November 1, 2009 .. I accidentally left this beautiful phone in my pants pocket and it went through the entire wash load and full [More]
Be at last .. The Tale of the Giant Stone Eater .. Hear this the tale of the giant stone eater Gather round boys and girls and listen To the tale of the giant stone eater and how the earth was ravaged during the years of the great stone shortage… – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (this post isn’t about stone shortages, it’s about my cell phone service .. feel free to get a cup of coffee, or brew some tea… take your shoes off and rest awhile!) Background – Summary Recap On November 10, 2008, I renegotiated all my [More]
Generally, when I prepare year end financial statements for my clients, I perform either of these 3 tasks: 1) I prepare everything and write up the books at the time of preparation of the company’s year end financial statements 2) I do the monthly accounting throughout the year, and then do the year end financial statements before continuing with a new fiscal year 3) The client has internal or part-time bookkeepers who do the monthly accounting and then I just perform the year end from information supplied to me. One of these part-time bookkeepers on task 3) just couldn’t understand [More]
A lot of my clients ask me all the time if they can destroy their financial records e.g. from 2002 now – since it’s six years ago – and I thought I would post my views what CRA means by the following news release. The following is now available on the CRA Web site: Did you know… That as a general rule, you must keep records and supporting documents, which are required to determine your tax obligations and entitlements, for a minimum of six years? Whether you have electronic or paper records, you may destroy your records earlier than your [More]
Well .. you might be sitting in your rocking chair wondering if it’s still possible to reduce some of your income tax that you will owe for 2008 .. and then look at the calendar and realize that it’s December 31, 2008 now – and time is running out!! EMPLOYMENT INCOME * Deferral of My Paycheque If I were an employee receiving a paycheck on the 15th and the end of the month, I might consider asking my employers to withhold my cheque until 2009. Amounts paid in 2008 are taxable in the year received. Of course, in the scheme [More]
A while ago, I popped an extra $1,000 CDN$ into my paypal account. Although I have posted a few times in this blog about the rising foreign exchange rates here and here, I didn’t think much of the running balance in my paypal account. All I do recall, is that I had about $XXXX dollars in $CDN plus $YYYY in $USD … then October 2008 $ZZZZ revenues in $USD was added to my paypal account .. and for some reason – silly me – I thought $XXXX + $YYYY + $ZZZZ = My Balance! But, I was wrong – as [More]
I didn’t have to take out a bank loan today to fill my car’s gas tank! I shop at Safeway .. and that price includes my 7cents off as a Safeway Club Member .. but, it only took about $45 to fill my gas guzzler car! I think we’ve all noticed that gas prices are going down everywhere, but I thought I would pull out the chart for Winnipeg to see how the prices have been going on around here, since both the Canadian election (October 14, 2008) and the America election (November 4, 2008) Not Much of a surprise [More]
What I’ve Got Now 1) HOME ACCOUNT (About $180/month) * Home/Business phone line with the extras * Digital TV * DSL Internet 2) MOBILITY ACCOUNT #1 (About $50/month) * My cell phone with basic extras * My wife’s cell phone (buddy plan) 3) MOBILITY ACCOUNT #2 (About $90/month – big hits over summer overages) * My EVDO account – currently, maxed out at 500MB transfers per month. The July/August summer usage ended up costing me about $800 – being connected in the middle of nowhere so I can run my http://HART-Empire-Network.com/sites/ 4) FAXING CAPABILITY * I’ve got an all-in-one machine [More]
I first placed the Entrecard script on this blog back in January 2008, and as I mentioned back in August 2008 .. I have been trying to keep EC-costs down to allow other EC users to advertise on this site relatively inexpensively. Tomorrow, November 1, 2008, I will stop accepting purchases for daily slots and deny purchases. However, all purchases made today will be honoured and accepted in the queue (I believe that is good for 10 days) where at the end of the period, I will be removing the code. To advertise, click on the “E” on the widget [More]
It was December 2, 2007 since I’ve emptied the “trash” folder in my Eudora program. I remember vividly, because I blogged about it to remind me! Since then – 148 days later .. it would seem that I have averaged 129,199/148 =~ 873 spam trashy emails per day. That’s interesting to me, because everytime I check to see how many emails I received in any given day it is well over 1,100 count. That would seem to me that my filter is routing a lot of other garbage all over the place, or I ignore or there really is about [More]
I work in my home, on the second floor. During the summer, it gets too hot – because heat rises. In the winter, it’s quite the opposite – I’m freezing! We keep our natural gas fireplace on most of the time, and the thermostat is on the main floor. In order to bring heat up to the second floor, the main floor has to either turn into a furnace .. (which, I don’t mind) .. or we have to spend money redoing our heating system and maybe even consider dual furnaces and the like! So .. I have been using [More]
P.S. If at the end of this post, you are not sure whether or not I am mocking this service, or promoting this service .. please be it known that – YES! I am mocking this service! My postage needs are simple During tax time, if clients do not come and personally pick up their income tax information (rare), I will mail out the client copy and other information back to the client. If there is too much of a cost to do this, I will just use my courier to return the items, or if I’m in the neighbourhood, [More]
The upgrade to WordPress version 2.3.3 is now complete. I have also upgraded this template as well .. to the new HART-Empire Network template. I will miss the old 1-800-HART template, which (if anybody noticed) was Version 2, and I really liked the old header graphic. So – I shrunk it and placed in the top left “About” box as a momento 🙂 In case you were interested about the color scheme .. I have left PURPLE color theme for http://HART-Empire-Network.com and the http://BattlingForHealth.com series of blogs because purple is my favorite color. I have decided to use BROWN color [More]
Just like my partial 2007 review back in July, because my online earnings are public knowledge, I will only present percentages of my earnings. Otherwise you would be able to figure out how little or how much I really made in 2007! 2007 Earnings – ignoring OnLine Revenue * Monthly Accounting, and Training income – 31.09% * Year End Financial Statement preparation and consulting income – 53.93% * Income Tax Preparation – 14.98% [RANT ON] I still haven’t quantified the amount of Income Tax Preparation that would be included in the Year End figures .. because a lot of my [More]
My father-in-law is Herbert König, proprietor and owner of Corydon Clock Repair here in Winnipeg. He recently turned 73 years old and has been working full time in his leased premises 5-6 days a week, commuting back and forth from his apartment. His stated hours are Tuesday to Friday, Noon to 6pm .. but he was often at his shop before 6am starting his day repairing clocks. Other days he was available by appointment only, but sometimes went into the shop to catch up on his work. He is a busy man! On November 7, 2007 at 10:30am in the [More]
It’s hard to believe that we were watching the Football Game here on November 18, 2007 with +10c temperatures (albeit a bit windy that day). However, Winnipeg has been living up to its name as the cold and snowfall has slowly been creeping up on us. * I might have to start wearing socks with my CROCS!
Congrats to Saskatchewan Team and Fans! Sunday, November 25, 2007 – 09:30PM TORONTO (CFL.ca wire) — The Saskatchewan Roughriders have won their third Grey Cup in team history as they defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-19 in front of 52,230 at the 95th Grey Cup at Rogers Centre in Toronto ……. Continued at the CFL Grey Cup 2007 Site
News Releases – Communiqués RCMP ‘D’ Division/GRC Division ‘D’: For Immediate Distribution _______________________________________________ Suspicious Substance Found Regina, SK November 21, 2007 Saskatchewan Roughrider football practice was delayed on Wednesday for nearly two hours at Taylor Field. One of the players, while on his way to the locker room, happened to look down and notice a suspicious looking, unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. The head coach immediately suspended practice while the RCMP were called in to investigate. After a complete field analysis, the RCMP determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice [More]
Well .. I’ve got 5 types of folders in my Bloglines filled with RSS Feeds (1) ARTICLES FOR EACH BLOG TOPIC These are feeds of articles that are subject oriented, and affect one of my blog. I might name a folder called “ARTICLES For PetLvr.com” etc. There may be searches included for specific keywords that are around the ‘net, or a collection of other people’s sites and other tidbits that helps me blog about that topic. Generally I don’t open the folder for review until I’m ready to deal with everything inside the folder, because with Bloglines .. I try [More]
* I was going around my usual everyday online business today, and decided to purchase something for $100.00 USD Image source: Wikipedia * It cost me $97.43 CDN Image Source: Wikipedia ~~~ Haven’t seen that for a while! WooHoo! According to the Bank of Canada Converter site – it now takes 1.0264 USD for every 1.0000 CDN February 8, 2007 was the high point this year so far .. where $100.00 USD cost us Canadians $118.53 CDN and last week on October 5, 2007 it was the low point this year so far .. where $100.00 USD cost us Canadians [More]
FINALLY! The DNS and nameservers “appear” to have kicked in. This means that my “planned” migration from the June upgrade to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) to the new Dedicated Server plan August 1, 2007 .. has finally been made. I say “appear” because I still do not know for sure. All my reference sites that identify the IP of the address of, say .. THIS blog for instance .. show up as the IP of the old server. Yet, if you can see a message at the top of this post proves that it is on the dedicated server, [More]
I combined my two previous servers (ISP#1 the mega provider and ISP#2 the reseller provider) on June 8th to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) system. Basically, it’s like a quarter of a real server and limits the CPU resources to 25%. Well .. in the past several weeks I have kept reaching these limits and my network was blinking out. Occassionally, you will come to a site of mine and see the old “default Kubrick” blog template. Well – today I have upgraded everything to a dedicated server and things seem to still exist – so, that’s good! I will [More]
Story from Winnipeg Sun reproduced at Battling-Cancer.com I am an avid reader of Coffee News .. I read it every week since *AT LEAST* the Palatal Mongolian Stir Fry Restaurant opened up across the street a few years ago .. and periodically whenever I would stop inside Tim Horton’s to each lunch and enjoy an extra large coffee. There are weird news .. (of which I probably read before on the internet – but, that never mattered) .. there are local community news .. there are horoscopes .. and jokes .. and quizes and advertisements! This Coffee News publication literally [More]
Please Vote For Me! * It’s an interesting concept .. Glenda Watson Hyatt pointed me to this site during Open Mic Night last night. I Would Like To Get Paid To Blog For A Year Here’s the catch. All you have to do is vote for me, once every day, for the rest of the year! Don’t worry .. I’ll put a link up in the sidebar to remind you to do this 😀 There is a website called Blog For A Year that is asking for donations and readers to vote on their favorite blogger. Their goal is to [More]
It was 31c Thursday It was 33c Friday It was 36c Saturday It was 37c Sunday It was 36c Monday (yesterday) It is 34c Tuesday (today) It’s supposed to be 33c Wednesday (tomorrow) … then back to normal temperatures! I know there are many cities out there in the world that are having hotter temperatures than the above, but here the humidex is quite high. The Humidex (a Canadian Term) today is 43. What that means, is that given the heat and humidity outside .. it feels like 43 Celcius (or 109.5 Fahrenheit) when you are outside. I had to [More]
Last Thursday, July 18, 2007 .. I received 1187 emails. Now that I’m taking my laptop to the beach, and accessing email using EVDO internet access, I don’t think I need to be wasting time and access downloading all of these emails .. so, I’ve decided to have a new plan for my emails – in case it is using up my 500 MB download limit with EVDO access. * THE OLD PLAN: It was simple, I had only a few good domains that I wanted to use and many specific names for each one .. all my emails were [More]
I received my first EVDO (MTS Mobility) statement today. It is for the period June 29, 2007 until August 7, 2007 – and geesh that screws me up. First of all, this bill was for $145.77 allocated as follows: Activation Fee (Jun29) – $35.00 Service (Jun29-Jul07) – $34.00 Service (Jul08-Aug07) – $60.00 (discounted from $90 for next three months) PST 7% and GST 6% – $16.77 >> Total $145.77 I’m quite pissed. I knew about the activation fee, but I had absolutely no idea about the pro-rated billing cut-off. I have signed up for the maximum 500MB Data transfer account, [More]
In Manitoba, you are required to hold two parts for your driver’s license * Part 1 – License Photo Card (renews every 4 years) * Part 2 – Drivers’ License Certificate (renews every year) Well .. this year I had to renew my photo once again .. in 2007. My last photo was taken in 2003, and the one before that 1999 and so on and so on. Maybe one day I will collect them all and put them in a separate gallery. The picture on the top right of this sidebar is really my passport photo taken in the [More]
Do you need to find me? Emailing me usually works best .. hart@[any of my domains] .. Toll-Free Fax Line 1-800-613-2087 would be your next best bet .. or you can find me on one of the following social sites and NUDGE,NUDGE me with a private comment or something .. I dunno, wut-eh-vrrrr ~~ SO: add me to your friend list, your contact list, your enemy list, spammer list, (wait – no, scratch that – please do NOT add me to any SPAMMER lists, thank-You) or even as your beneficiary to your estate! It’s all good. I try to go [More]
* Yup. Still at Victoria Beach … There was a craft sale today and naturally we had to go. I made a beeline for the gourmet food mix and meat spices, and my wife makes a beeline for the jewelry. Afterwards, we meet at the artists corner to browse the original artworks, prints and pictures that closely resemble a view from our lakefront cottage. Well .. today there was a picture painted on our neighbor’s deck and the view could have been from our front deck .. we had to have it. But, I didn’t have enough cash on me. [More]
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