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 YOU SUCK If you are receiving any emails from “” … 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 @
Oh. This SPAM email message is now arriving back into my IN-Box (blah,blah,blah – here’s what was at the end of that email message) 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: (16.9 hits, 5.0 required) SPAM: 2.4 GET_PAID BODY: Get Paid SPAM: 1.5 EARN_MONEY BODY: Message talks about earning money SPAM: 2.7 GUARANTEED_STUFF BODY: Guaranteed Stuff SPAM: 1.0 NO_QS_ASKED BODY: Doesn’t ask any questions SPAM: 0.3 RISK_FREE BODY: Risk free. Suuurreeee…. SPAM: 0.5 [More]
I posted earlier .. HERE .. that my old todo list crashed and that I was using another software to keep track of my workload .. Swift To-Do-List Lite from Dextronet Well .. I like it. I would recommend it. Try it. I remember last monday.. April 3, 2006 .. I actually had 72 tasks in my TO-DO list …. and by Friday April 7, 2006 I managed to finish and and get a bunch out of my list last as I completed the job. Then – can you tell me why on Saturday April 8, 2006 I now had [More]
Thanks Peter … for FWD’ing me this infectious sounding melody and website! 😀
FWD: To my Email … —–>>From The Dept. of Obscure Information On Wednesday of next week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be ….. 01:02:03 04/05/06 That won’t ever happen again. You may now return to your (normal ?) life.
Beavis and Best-Butt-Head … aka the Story of HART’s Misadventures at Best Buy [Click Here to Jump to UPDATE April 7, 2006] Here is a nice long bedtime story .. highly recommended to read before you go to sleep, because it is so boring and long, it will put you to sleep .. no need to use any artificial sleeping aids tonight! Just read this blog entry! Once upon a time, in a land far far away in the Great White North .. an individual named HART lived there … and used to have the bestest ever computer system around! [More]
From the “Rick Mercer Report” site … Here it is again – on Google Video
I was scanning my bloglines, as I usually do each night .. and found something VERY interesting … I don’t know why Brian turned off his comments on his blog .. so I couldn’t go over there and comment about how amusing I thought this was! Source: Brian Tankersley, CPA, CITP blogs on Technology and Accounting Matters Article: Viral Marketing Hits The Accounting World You know you love them, even if you won’t admit it publically. Elf Bowling. Joe Cartoon. The Jib-Jab video of Kerry and W singing “This Land is Your Land”. Yes, they’re silly, but they are fun. [More]
Oh well … at least I can always have my Tim Horton’s Coffee … Source – MSN NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tim Hortons Inc. is aiming to open up to 200 new coffee-and-donut stores in Canada and the United States and said it expected Canadian same-restaurant sales to grow 4 percent to 5 percent, slightly off its recent pace, executives told potential investors on Monday. The Canadian icon, which also plans on opening a store in Afghanistan where many Canadian troops are stationed, is preparing to offer about $551 million in shares, representing a 15 percent stake in the company, [More]
It’s been almost a full month using Internet Explorer version 7 … I mentioned on February 24th that I decided to upgrade to the newer version … HERE I’ve been getting this message occassionally .. rather than just waiting until the connection catches up to the clicking (I probably have to do a spyware removal task) .. it’s an extra step to click “RETRY” and continue Other than the above, I thought FOR SURE I would have tons of screen images and problems that I would capture and let the whole entire world know ! ! But – it didn’t [More]
I posted a complete list of prime rates that I had been keeping on my local computer, since January 7, 1986 .. current up to December 7, 2005 .. at the URL .. HERE I would like to thank Tony C. from Montréal, Qué. who sent me the following email March 21, 2006: Hi , I found your excel spreadsheet about Royal Bank prime rates very useful today. But I needed since 1974. So I called Royal bank and got the missing information over the phone, and I would like to share this with you because you shared with us. [More]
I’m so sad. I’ve been using a “To Do” software program for almost a decade… That’s right .. a decade! Well, almost a decade .. on the anniversary of the 9th year, it died on me. Go Figure (a decade sounded better, but it was 8 full years, plus Day 1 of the 9th year actually) The error message says something like this .. Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Program: C:Program Filesetc etc This Application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the spplication’s support team for more information. Naturally, I can’t do that [More]
I’ve added a few more .pps to my Powerpoint entry .. HERE I was going to just bump the entry and redate it to the current time and date, but I know some people have that link bookmarked … and doing so would change the URL and permalink. I believe, however, if you are subscribed to my RSS feed .. especially if you are using Bloglines, you would have noticed me saving the file and receive notice of the updated blog entry with the new additions (and this post would not have been necessary). Enjoy!
Here’s a good site to check the validity of Canadian charitable donations made during the year, directly on the Canada Revenue Agency website … This site is handy for me checking to see if charities are legit or not. A client insisted that a charitable contribution was made during 2005. After looking at the receipt, I informed my client that it was not an official charitible donation, that although in the good of their hearts the receipt does show a generous contribution made to a company, and it was described as a “donation” .. there was no registered charity [More]
From personal experience, I’m sure Tara Birtwhistle and Johnny Wright are quite relieved to here about this! My own 2000, 2001 and 2002 income tax returns were amended from an initial audit where I, as an independent contractor, was deemed to be an employee of a company. What this meant to the company was a whole bunch of “employer share” of payroll deductions were being requested. What this meant to ME .. was that being deemed as an employee, all of a sudden my operating business that I had operating since 1991 became non-existent – all my deductions were ignored. [More]
Should I change my picture in the sidebar? PICTURE (1) This is the picture that is currently there PICTURE (2)(3) This the picture embedded in my masthead title picture (both side views) PICTURE (4) I was fidgeting with the the picture in the sidebar PICTURE (5) This is the Picture that I first started to desecrate What’s your favorite? Let me know in your comments … also – should I bother switching at all? Ok. This is the thing. My picture in the sidebar was recovered from the last picture #5 with the HART sketched into my forehead .. I [More]
It’s tax time here and I have many ways to keep track of clients who come in and bring me their records and income tax information. I have to … I do a lot of Income Tax Preparation during the months of March and April and well, actually all the way through until June 15th – which in Canada, is the deadline for individuals with business income. When I meet with a client, I try to take notes. For every client or group of clients (e.g. for head of house only) I start a new “T1-Transit Mem0”. This is my [More]
The following is now available on the CRA Web site: Canada Revenue Agency interest rates for the second calendar quarter Ottawa, March 3, 2006… The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) today announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts the CRA owes to individuals and corporations. These rates are calculated quarterly in accordance with applicable legislation and will be in effect from April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006. Income tax * The interest rate charged on overdue taxes, Canada Pension Plan contributions, and Employment Insurance Premiums will be [More]
Subject: Income Tax Technical Publications IT-337R4 (Consolidated) – Retiring Allowances is now available on the CRA Website at the following address:
OH, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that. Homer Simpson Nothing of interest in this post. I just happened to use the above quote in real life .. I was quite proud of myself!
It seems to fall upon myself to try and define three little letters S, O, and B … Being the accountant that I am – I would think that these initials represent the abbreviation for SET-OF-BOOKS .. because, as you know – that’s what accountants do … they work with a set of books and prepare financial statements and file income tax returns from that. But – I thought I would be doubly sure and search for more S.O.B. references WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF S.O.B. S.O.B. – shortness of breath: a dyspneic condition S.O.B. – in common parlance, a [More]