The Return of your Tax Documents

Most tax returns this year, were prepared, and supplied to you through a “portal”, or through regular email as an attachment.

We needed to obtain a signed “Information Return for Electronic filing” document back for our files, and in compliance with CRA’s requirement to have that document available, before e-filing.

Some individuals do not have the luxury of the internet, and for those, we provided a “drop box” outside our office door. We retained those documents because it was taking an unusual amount of time for tax summaries, which we can reproduce, to arrive from our office, to your home, by regular mail delivery.

We would like to invite you, by appointment, to pick your documents up from our office, shortly.

For those that have an internet access, and an email address, we will send out an invitation to “book an appointment” for the pickup of your documents. It won’t take long, and we were thinking of spacing the appointments apart by less than 10 minutes, for you to enter our office building, where a table will be set up with your documents in serial number folders.
For those without an email address, we will call later, to book an appointment for you to pick your documents up.

We welcome your feedback to this idea of having your documents returned, by a scheduled “pick up”, and look forward to any positive suggestions you may have that will allow us to expedite this task, as smoothly as possible.

Take care, stay happy, healthy, and enjoy your day.


Your Hollingsworth and Associates Team

The Real Reason for Wearing a Mask

I don’t go out that often at all these days, unless it is imperative, like grocery pickups, weekly trip to work (accounting is considered a “necessary service”) , doctors appointment that shouldn’t be cancelled, and to walk across the road to drop off the mail, or pick some up.

When I do go out, I am really shocked to see the number of people who still don’t wear masks in this ugly pandemic that is causing a lot of people to get sick, and die.  It’s nice that some actually recover, and go on to live some reasonable semblance of life.

I know the people who don’t wear masks are probably following those country leaders who refuse to wear one because “that’s not me”, not realizing that monkey see, monkey do, and keep on racking  up the R points.  I sure wouldn’t point a finger at just a neighboring country,  because there are probably a lot more countries in the world that have their society follow the example of their leaders, good, or bad, wise, or the other, rich, or poor.

I came across this article in The Atlantic, and thought I would share it with you.  Let me know if it expires, and I’ll remove this note from our little blog:

Take care, and have a nice, happy day, and don’t let the germs get you.

The Real Reason to Wear a Mask, Lone Ranger!

New Procedure for 2019 Returns – Our Office

For anyone with an email address, we are sending an invitation to a Hollingsworth Portal. You accept the invitation, and on the next screen you have to advise how you would like to confirm your identity. It’s generally by return email, or text to your phone.

Either way, a code will be provided and you enter that in the screen before continuing.

You then have a user name (your email address) and a password, that you have made up.

Then, advise us by return email that you can get into the portal, otherwise, it may time out on you and it will have to be resent.

We use the portal to upload your finished tax return, and authorization form, which goes into it’s own directory. You can “digitally” sign the T183 form at the right time, and it is pretty straight forward.

Any documents that we require, or information that we require from you, will be communicated to you later.

For anyone without an email address, our office will be open Thursdays between 9:30 and 1:00 pm for a drop off in a bankers box outside our office door. We will provide a summary when it is completed by “snail mail”, and the authorization form must be mailed back before we can e-file.

We will send electronic invoices when finished, for payment, and you can use either CC or email transfer, or mail in a cheque.

For those without email, a cheque can be mailed, or you can call us and we will return your call, and you can then provide CC numbers that we can document towards your invoice.

Hope that answers the bulk of the questions, and if not, drop us a line, or give us a call.

This is the link to your portal: My Portal Shared with Hollingsworth



An Update to our Office Procedures

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, our office is closed, and we will receive your information through email, mail, a portal, and provide a banker’s box drop off in front of our office door on Thursday April 9, 2020, where you can leave your documents in a pre-numbered envelope for us to pick up.  Our door will be locked, and we will remain to supervise that the drop off box remains intact, and for our use only.  We hope to weekly leave a banker box outside our office door, and Thursdays seems to be alright for now.

We can mail back to you a summary of your personal tax information, with a T183 consent form, that we require your signature on, before we are authorized, by you, to e-file your return.

For those that have an email address, please write us by email ( that you would like a portal set up, and we can have a link to your portal sent to you.

For those that have lost employment, or self employed income, there is a website you can go to apply for CERB which amounts to $2,000 ($500/week for 4 weeks) that can be repeated 4 times.  It may help with some of those costs that are still lingering that you need assistance with.

This is the link to the governments Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

Read some history on the Spanish Flu.  It started in January of 1918, and ended December 1920, and it took many lives, and made many ill.  Some of us had parents or grandparents that lived through that devastation, and if our ancestors did not learn anything from that experience, then we won’t as well, and are doomed to repeat history.

There seems to be many politicians that will try to make us believe they know more than the medical professionals, scientists, wise people of the world, and the humble leaders that have quiet voices.  Let your conscience dictate the path to your own better health and well being, and know the tall soap box of the many who know the electronic media, will topple when the earth’s rumble causes people to look to a better way.

Stay happy, healthy, safe, and give your distant friends and family members a hug through the telephone, when they are afar.

We will see each other again.






Due to the Covid-19 Virus

Our office will be closed for the next 2 weeks.  We are only accepting documents through the portal set up for you to use.

Please call in to 519-649-2001 to confirm your email address, and have your documents scanned and uploaded to the portal.


We will prepare your return, and send a signature request online, through a document portal.


For those without email address, we will accept your documents manually in 2 weeks.

The filing deadline has been extended to June 1st, and we should take advantage of that, and stay healthy, and with family, at home.


On Thursday April 9th we will accept drop offs, unless mandated to stay closed, by Government.



Stay safe everyone!

Your Hollingsworth & Associates Team

Self Directed RRSP Scams

CRA is putting out a caution to those people that are enticed into investing their RRSP funds into something the scammers indicate there is no tax implications.  There is a bit more to read, from information put out by CRA, so if you have been approached, be aware, that something that sounds to good to be true, is just that !



Here is the link back to CRA information: Self Directed RRSP Scam

Ontario and pollution pricing

In Ontario, as in other provinces, when a taxpayer files a tax return, there is a credit for tax being calculated and referred to as a “climate action incentive” that puts money in one pocket.

I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but it may be prudent to keep your hand on your wallet.  When one provokes the bear, someone may get bitten, unless I’m off the mark here.

At the pump, a person  travelling like a salesman,  will  possibly end up paying for the “credit” a few times over.

At least we are aware of concerns, and will have to go along with the suggestions until another change is required.

Do you want to read a little on the subject?

Well, here you go then… How it will work



Log your Business Driven KM Please

When you own your own limited company, and the company does not own your vehicle, you are able to charge back to your company a travel expense based on your business travels.  You must maintain a  log book of the information that details the date and particulars as to the purpose of the trip to support the claim.

The expense, when reimbursed, is not be be added to your income, because it is a reimbursement of your expenses.  The amount must not exceed that as allowed by CRA, otherwise, a taxable benefit would be applied.

In order for you to track your business trips, and personal trips, and providing you are using a cell phone, which doubles up as a GPS device, our suggestion is for you to use a tracking app, like MileIQ, which can provide to you the reporting necessary to support the claim.

MileIQ provides to accountants, a promotion code which reduces the annual cost of this service by 20%, resulting in about $50 annual cost for using the app, more than 40 times per month.  Most of the business people I know, drive more than 40 times on business each month, but it doesn’t hurt for you to try before you buy, and get a feeling for the benefit.

The MileIQ app runs in the background on your iOS or Android phone and logs every drive automatically. You swipe each drive to classify it as business or personal, and MileIQ calculates the value of your deductible mileage. You can add details like parking, tolls, purpose and vehicle and have a complete, accurate mileage log practically effortlessly! Your log gets synced to the cloud, so you can get to it any time, even years down the road. You’ll be able to claim the full value of your mileage deduction with total peace of mind.

This year, MileIQ is offering my clients a 20% discount on annual unlimited-drive plans. Subscriptions are regularly priced at $5.99/mo. or $59.99/yr. (Here’s how to redeem promo codes.)

You can try MileIQ by downloading the free app for iOS or Android. To get an annual unlimited-drive plan at a 20% discount, sign in to your MileIQ web dashboard, click “Get Unlimited Drives” and use promo code JHOL701A at checkout. (Note that the discount is not valid for in-app upgrades or monthly plans.)

Want more information? Take a look at this flyer.

I hope you’ll give MileIQ a try and let me know what you think. (And remember, the subscription is usually deductible too — at 54.5 cents for every business mile in 2018, it’ll pay for itself in just a few drives!)


This is their website: MileIQ


Have a nice day..


Dissolution of a Company

Sometimes things just don’t work out as planned, and sometimes, a company lives a natural life, and requires a hand in having it taken off the records.

This process is called Dissolving a Company and there is a process to do that, otherwise you will constantly be informed to file one thing or another with the government.

The articles of dissolution can be obtained on the internet with the following link:

Articles of Dissolution


You might want to read a little about it here:

Ontario Dissolution of a Company

Once the permission letter is received, and you have two signed copies of the Articles of Dissolution, and have them “stamped”, and the necessary fee paid, there is a final step.

That is, a final tax return must be filed from the date of the last filed return, and the date of dissolution.

Good Luck!!