Temporary Notice … Due to a death in the immediate family, I will not be posting any articles in here or anywhere around my HART-Empire Network of blogs. I hope you continue to keep Our RSS Feed in your Bloglines or in your Feed Reader of Choice, and not remove the subscription .. as I should be back on track on or shortly after Friday June 2, 2006. I would like to suggest that even though I will not be posting new articles, there is an abundant of great articles in our archives (almost 400 posts!) .. Please feel free [More]
Just a reminder … GST/HST Info Sheet about the Reduction of GST/HST .. For those of you who will not be hiring technical support to change the rates in your Cash Registers .. you only have 35 days left to learn how to do it! So, you may as well start looking for those manuals soon! The General Transition Rule states on Page 1: Generally, the new rates of tax apply to the supply of taxable (other than zero rated) goods and services in the following circumstances: * If the GST/HST becomes payable on or after July 1, 2006, without [More]
I thought I would experiment with ClusterMaps hit counter .. where you can .. Locate all site visitors. Fast. Free. (Get one…) See at a glance where your site’s visitors are located: instantaneously, even when the numbers are enormous! Visitors don’t need to click on anything: just viewing your page is sufficient. There’s not much EXTRA information, other than what you see unless you become a subscriber .. but from reading the background product pages on the site .. if I choose to subscribe at a later date ..the cost seems reasonable. So, if this is a good service or [More]
As an accountant and Income Tax preparer and E-Filer .. I have items that need to be filed with Canada Revenue Agency all the time. This is what I do. I have a bin on an office shelf in my office that I keep everything that has to go to Canada Revenue Agency. Unless there are special deadlines or requests to file, I generally deliver all the documents either on the last day of the month, or on the weekend. Sometimes, I’m just too busy to hand deliver and I call the courier to deliver an envelope directly, but with [More]
From my Email Inbox .. (I was going through sorting out the 2700+ emails I received today and forgot about these ones..) I have added the following two amusing videos to THIS PAGE (I know – they don’t fall between the letters of “O” and “Z” .. but, this ain’t the land of Oz..) Update: May 19, 2006 http://www.the-singers.com/video/Ma___Pa_Kettle_Math.wmv Ma and Pa Kettle split the 25% of the family fortune between the five children … that’s 14% to each of them! http://www.the-singers.com/video/FLURL-dot-com-29163-fishing.wmv This is how to catch some fish!
This morning .. like I do every morning (besides scratch, splash and flush) .. I grabbed a cup of coffee and then headed to my computer to start my day. And, like I normally do .. I check my email first thing in the morning. Today I received 2713 Emails I lost control of my computer this morning. Not only was I receiving a bunch of junk emails … my ‘trash’-box in my Eudora program needed to be REBUILT …. Needless to say .. everytime it tried to rebuild itself, it ended up to be NOT RESPONDING .. and I [More]
It was interesting .. I was doing some random searches about various topics .. and something caught my eye. I continued to do more searches .. and I found this: SOURCE: Ministry of Government Services: News Releases New Real Estate and Business Brokers Act comes into effect today Legislation Improves Safeguards For Real Estate Buyers And Sellers QUEEN’S PARK — March 31, 2006 — People buying and selling real estate in Ontario will be better protected under the new Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, said Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips. “We know that …blah blah blah … and [More]
For those easily amused .. there is a button in the top right of my sidebar .. called .. Surf the HART way You probably noticed it, because it’s been there for about 11 months now. It’s a random script that will select a random category of this blog and you can randomly read various topics by pure chance. I have a few category names that have no entries, so there may be a few error messages during your travels .. just click the button once again!
I have lots of data on my computer. I keep all my phone numbers, my time records, my accounts receivable and billings information, my client’s data files for each year for each software that I use, my email records, my wedding pictures, my .mp3 and video collection, and other crap that is just too much to mention. I am quite organized on my computer .. in fact, this is how I organize my C: Drive …. I am placing a | instead of the backslash so it will show up in here. |data| Generally, I keep generic folders under this [More]
… in an email I received this weekend… Excuse me, did you know that your bloglines link and RSS feed button link to a petlover site? D’oh! It was .. linked to http://feeds.feedburner.com/Petlvrcom-theBlog .. THANKS GERRY! I must have done something sometime ago in my templates, and must have copied a section from my other blog over into this one .. According to my backups, it’s been at least 4 months like that – since January 6, 2006 .. the backup before that had it correctly listed … uggghh 🙁
I try not to recommend accounting software to clients, as most of my clients either have their own software already purchased (or obtained) .. or I will be entering the raw data myself. The reasons are: * If they have the software, there’s no real reason to spend more money on new software – especially if the bookkeeper is familiar with the software – generally, they all do the same thing * If I will be entering the raw data myself .. what difference is it to my clients what I use? Right .. there is no difference If there [More]
The Link Leak Project I have decided to participate in this linking project and post links to blogs that are in my RSS Feed reader .. Bloglines .. that I read all of the time. So far – here they are … * The Pet Related Link Leak Project * The Accounting and Bookkeeping and Income Tax Link Leak Project * The Small Business Link Leak Project And now … The Amusing Link Leak Project * NOTE: These are just the regular RSS Feeds that are in my Bloglines that I read occassionally .. Some I’ve just discovered recently and [More]
Trust me .. You don’t want to re-read the whole dang story about my adventures at Best Buy … but the ‘Readers’ Digest’ version of this story is as follows: I was entitled to a $50.00 USD rebate on my computer purchase .. so I mailed it in. Today I received the $50.00 USD cheque from H.P. .. so I deposited it into my Canadian Bank Account And, I received $54.05 That’s 8.10% conversion rate .. or 1.08100000 Average USD Conversion Rates, per Canada Revenue Agency: The average exchange rate for 2005 was 1.21163240 The average exchange rate for 2004 [More]
I have signed up with TEXT LINK ADS … and am now offering space for up to 8 text link ads. Ad space is being offered on both this blog and the PetLvr blog. Ads will show up in the sidebar, under the SPONSORS heading, and will appear on every page in this blog – because the current template displays the sidebar on every page viewed. I would like to personally give thanks to all those sponsoring my sites, and purchasing ads on either 1-8-0-0-H-A-R-T or PetLvr.com – [The Blog]! I would also like to personally invite readers to check [More]
THE LINK LEAK PROJECT I have been trying to participate in spreading the “Link Leak Virus” around, but in my own unusual way. I started off with The Pet Related Link Leak Project on my PetLvr blog.. and then did The Accounting And Bookkeeping And Income Tax Link Leak Project earlier on this blog .. so now I am looking deep into my http://Bloglines.com and see what else I can leak .. and so, here it goes! Here Are Some Small Business Related Blogs That HART Reads (from his Bloglines) NOTE: Granted, there are many aspects of small business that [More]
There are two main reasons why businesses today should care about the proper coding of cheque stubs, before giving them to the accountant or bookkeeper for input and preparation of the monthly financial statements … * (1) Because your accountant or bookkeeper was not present when you issued the cheque, it makes sense to put as much detail on the cheque as possible to describe why you issued the cheque .. instead of letting them guess what it is for * (2) Accountants and bookkeepers charge you by the hour … if you can reduce the time they spend inputting [More]
I have no idea why some of my blogs have duplicate postings at times .. My apologies in advance for all future times of duplicate postings and apologies for all past times too (while I’m at it!) … I will be deleting the 2nd post automatically .. so, if you see a URL in your RSS feed reader that ends with something like ….. http://1800HART.com/blog/blahblahblahblah-2/ and you click on the link and it’s gone – .. that’s why. Just delete the -2/ and it should work. HART
NOTE: I probably could have posted it in here, but I chose to post it at the other blog .. call HART crazy Check it out.
The following picture was FWD’ed to me in my email and is worth a look .. just click on this image and it should open into a new window … Note: scroll horizontally to see the full image! It’s fantastic! This is a 360 Degree view from atop of Mt Everest. What would it be like to stand atop the tallest mountain on Earth? To see a full panoramic vista from there, scroll right. Visible are snow peaked mountains near and far, tremendous cliffs, distant plateaus, the tops of clouds, and a dark blue sky. Mt. Everest stands 8.85 kilometers [More]
It just occurred to me that although I mentioned earlier about the GST Relief and the UCCB Relief .. you might just want to pop on down and read about the proposed items mentioned in greater detail …. The Budget In Brief 2006 Budget 2006: Focusing on Priorities (Finance Canada) According the CRA Website.. A number of changes to federal-government tax and benefit programs administered by the Canada Revenue Agency were announced in Budget 2006 on May 2. The Budget documents are available on the Finance Canada Web site. Convention dictates that tax proposals take effect on the dates announced [More]
The Link Leak Project I have decided to participate in this linking project over at the PetLvr blog … for Pet Related blogs .. so I thought I would do the same for accounting and bookkeeping and income tax blogs that are in my RSS Feed reader .. Bloglines. Here are some accounting and bookkeeping and income tax related blogs * NOTE: Accounting and Bookkeeping and Income Tax blogs are not as popular as you might think there are – and are far and few inbetween. As an accountant, bookkeeper, and income tax preparer .. I think that the general [More]
And Speaking of Canada Revenue Agency .. continued. “What’s New” on Canada Revenue Agency website ? Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) 1) What is the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)? The Universal Child Care Benefit is a new initiative designed to assist Canadian families, as they seek to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support. The UCCB payment is proposed to be paid on behalf of children under the age of 6 years in instalments of $100 per month per child. 2) Who will receive the Universal Child Care Benefit? Under proposed [More]
And Speaking of Canada Revenue Agency … “What’s New” on Canada Revenue Agency website ? Reduction in the Rate of the GST/HST – Questions and Answers May 2, 2006 The Excise Tax Act (the ETA) imposes the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) on most goods and services consumed in Canada, at the rate of 7%, and in the participating provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, at the rate of 15%. These rates of tax are proposed to be reduced to 6% and 14%, effective July 1, 2006. We are providing the following questions and [More]
I have been in touch with 8 clients so far, that have asked me to find out why their notice of assessment shows arrears interest charged when their payment has cleared their bank prior to the end of April 2006. I have contacted Canada Revenue Agency and apparently this is not uncommon .. and in 6 of the eight instances – the arrears interest had already been reversed. For the remaining 2 instances, whether or not it would have been reversed automatically (and I’m almost sure it would have been reversed in due time) .. it was “fixed” over the [More]
This amusing Ad from May 2003 was pretty cool the first time it circulated around the internet .. over HERE! I suppose, if you want to actually download the “.swf” file .. you can visit .. THIS SITE .. and get it for yourself – if you like BitTorrent .. from the ad agency … The SNOPES about this .. New Honda commercial in the UK. Very important that you understand: There are no computer graphics or digital tricks in the film. Everything you see really happened in real time exactly as you see it. The film took 606 takes. [More]
I added another PowerPoint Slideshow to my existing blog entry .. HERE .. in case you are interested in seeing a slideshow about a Fire Retardent System getting just a little out of control!
Well .. Monday, May 1, 2006 was the deadline here in Canada for most individuals to file their income return, and myself well – my last E-File was sent at 11:56pm. Here’s how my TO-DO list now stands .. * Personal Tax (2) – I have two clients that I did not file on time, but both are getting refunds and have issues or missing data. * Late Filing (4) – These are four clients (6 people) who have elected not to file on time because of issues .. marital breakups, missing receipts, expected refunds, or spouse is self-employed and [More]
Well .. it might not seem like progress to some, still having 55 items in my ToDo list .. however this past week I have made some great progress (as you recall it was 67 last week and rising). There are currently two jobs that are eating up my time though, and about 5 more that I have to find a good block of time to dedicate to the start, doing and completion of the tasks .. but other than that .. I should be ticking jobs off my list in quantities. For a few of the non-May 1st deadlines [More]
FINALLY … I WIN A FREE CUP OF COFFEE! Heck .. I’ll take it! It’s the first time I’ve EVER won a free “anything” from any Tim Horton’s RRrrrroll-up-the-RRrrrrim contest that has ever been .. but in 2006 (according to their website .. HERE) .. my WIN was a miraculous .. 1 in 3,034,883 out of 27,000,000 Good thing I am back and forth to the Post Office every few days delivering mail for my business .. and another good thing that Tim Horton is in the same parking lot as the Post Office is .. Yes. Good Things Are [More]
I posted my TO-DO List as at Monday April 10, 2006 .. HERE .. which shows that I had 67 items on my To-Do list. Well .. since then – I have been working on two major year ends and two Final Returns, manage to get 7 envelopes of individuals or family tax returns ready for pickup on Monday (or Tuesday – depending on Holiday Status) – but my To-Do list now stands at 69 tasks to do! Eight more families came in this week, plus another corporation year end due. I have to make a difference this upcoming week [More]
Dear Scum Sucker at http://mail.filteredweb.net/~testing/ YOU SUCK If you are receiving any emails from “postcards.com” … Careful! Don’t click on anything! QUIT SPAMMING ME Above is the fake link that the email secretly displays .. Naturally I cautious and can’t be sure if that is a virus or what – but I can assure you one thing …. IT’s SPAM! SPAM: ———————— Spamnix Spam Report ————————- SPAM: Spamnix identified this message as spam. This report shows which SPAM: rules matched the message and how many points each rule contributed. SPAM: SPAM: Content analysis details: (9.2 hits, 5.0 required) SPAM: 5.4 [More]
Stress .. Life as an accountant! 🙂 It’s my busy tax time season, and yes – I am quite busy. I am not only doing Income Tax Returns, but many different jobs. Some take about 20 minutes (plus printing etc) to many days of preparation and finalization. It’s nice to get a break and do MANY MANY different jobs, yet not so different – because I’ve been doing them for years! So .. what do I do between jobs? Well, this year – I’ve been browsing my RSS feeds … If I see anything amusing (for anybody else working hard [More]
Oh .. Here’s a site that I could have just said .. “DITTO” …. so, I commented over there and you can read all about it (if you are interested) “Commission Junction Abuses Small Publishers” at.. The Marketing Journal @ TeaWithEdge.com