Call CRA on your Personal Tax Matters

With the change in phone systems, the phone number remains the same 800-959-8281 but you no longer have the option to press the * key to “speak to an agent” within a few minutes.

Now these are the options:

CRA Personal Line Options Changed when calling 800-959-8281

Locked out of account press 1
Remittance Voucher or other forms 2
RRSP HBP TFSA 3
Tax return, balance 4 other inquiries 5
Other, address, direct deposit, trust 5
The # key returns to main menu.

 

You need your SIN number, and need to key it in to give CRA a “heads up” to who they will be speaking with, and the mechanical voice will let you know the waiting period for you to be in the queue.  It seems to take longer now, but if the service is better, that is the trade off.  Time will fix just about everything.

Jack

Another Government Bulletin – Are you a Canibis grower?

It’s getting more complicated, if you didn’t already know.  This is the bulletin that details the monthly reporting requirement that CRA insists on.

You must report certain activities of your growing operation if you are in the legitmate business, on a monthly basis, no later than the end of the month following the reporting period.

 

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest… hmmmm…

Bulleting 105 Mary Wanna

Government Changed their Phone System

It looks like we can no longer dial the business number 1-800-959-5525 and then press the * key to contact them directly.

Try this:

Calling CRA Business 800-959-5525

After dialing, there are different options to press.
Some that may be of benefit to us are:
– Payroll 3
– GST 4 then press 0 enter 9 digits HST then 1
– Self employed or Corporation 5
– Other 6

First two have to do with registrations or difficulty accessing accounts on line.

 

Jack

Free Tax Preparation for Some Canadians

CRA can provide information to you that may enable you to have your tax return prepared at no cost.

There are some restrictions, the main one being your total income, but it sure doesn’t hurt to check it out on your own.  I hope you can get a savings, and if not, we are here to help.  We do charge a fee for services, and do our best to keep our costs in control so you don’t pay for inefficiencies.

Here is CRA’s Link CRA Free Service

See you soon.

Regards,

Jack

Welcome to Holly’s Inn

We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often.

We are not writing as professional writers, but as casual bloggers making sure our fingers know the home row as well as they did when we were forced to practice asdfjkl; over and over and over again, without missing a stroke.  Do you remember then, with the Smith Corona?

Cheers!

Jack

Nearly a new year 2018

This is the last day of 2017, December 31, and Sunday will start a new year number 2018.

This flower was photograhed in Isola Bella this past September while we toured West Europe.  Eight countries in 12 days is still a big blurr. It will take a while to digest what was gorged.img_0833

It has been busy for us in the office all year, especially during March and April when we are wholly focused on personal T1 Canadian Tax Returns, and still manage to keep up with the other bookkeeping and accounting issues so we don’t fall behind.

It has also been our sincere pleasure to serve you in that area that we are so honored to acquire from you, and to become your “part time permanent controller”,  gives us the perfect purpose that we profess to enjoy and perform for you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and leave a message as to the best time to contact you in response to your inquiry.  We have found it is to our mutual advantage for us to stay focused on the work we have at hand, and not to be constantly picking up the phone, rather to pace ourselves, and reply back when we can take a break from our routine, and get prepared to respond to your needs as quickly as time permits.  Please do not take offence to this, our practice, but engage us to be a part of your team.

The past few weeks have been really cold outside so we have just taken exercise by mall walking, and Netflix viewing.  The exercise from the latter is by getting up to turn the fireplace setting to a lower one, and the former one is by circling like a hamster 5 times around to put in the 50 minutes of un-shopping.  Just wait till the day the superintendent of the building approaches us with “we only allow shoppers in this mall”, or “will you be the newest mallwalker representative”.  In the first case, we will invite them for coffee, and in that case, we are indeed a shopper, and in the latter, we would apologize as if cameras were causing us to become grossly shy.

  • We have another blog referred to as  Taxprep4u.ca and we are trying both out to see where the best bang for the bucks lies.  I would believe that WordPress may be a little more inexpensive, and with that in mind, would love to pass the savings on to you as something learned today.  We will surely keep you posted, and let you know when the beans are counted.

Take care, and drop us a line when the spirit guides you to do so.

Jack

 

Fish Story

I went to the Sail outlet to view the fishing reels being sold because it’s actually been about fifty years since I dangled a bamboo rod at the edge of the dock on Tindle Bay on Lake Chemong.

When it was mentioned to me that I was not a fisherman and a hundred dollar reel was out of the question, I purchased the last forty dollar demo at forty percent off.

I said when I show what kind if fisherman I really am, the hundred dollar one may be a waged present sometime, the opportunity presented itself the very next day.

What can I say? Hihihi!

 

Polliwogs are morphing

It’s only been about two weeks since the toad eggs hatched in the pond. Before that there was almost a week of night time croaking which almost sounded like an adult cricket party with their deep throat vibrations. The tiny legs are beginning to sprout and the tadpoles will soon creep onto the rocks in the pond and they will emerge to the dry earth soon enough. What a process to witness! 

The Solar System

Do you know the planets in “our” solar system?

Try this web site on for size:

Our Solar System

 

It will give you interesting reading, and take your mind from Peterborough to Mars, and possibly back again.

On the Good Ship Lollipop, Happy Landing on a chocolate bar.

Shirley Temple

By the way, do you know where this “featured image” can be located?

It’s on the “Artie” in Jackson’s Park, Peterborough Ontario, where I learned how to catch shiners and chubs with a dip net and a piece of bread dropped on the water’s surface.  We let most of them go, and the rest became pets for a few days.

Jack