Avisar News

We are happy to announce the most recent addition to Avisar, Chaman Dhaliwal, who joins our team as a Client Administrator.  Chaman’s role will provide outstanding client service and administrative functions to clients of the Private Company and Tax Group.  Chaman comes to Avisar with previous experience as a Data Entry Clerk/Administrative Assistant for a......

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According to Psychology Today: “Stress generally refers to two things: the psychological perception of pressure, on the one hand, and the body’s response to it, on the other, which involves multiple systems, from metabolism to muscles to memory. Through hormonal signaling, the perception of danger sets off an automatic response system, known as the fight-or-flight......

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Fundamentally, there are four avenues that the average Canadian may consider over their lifetime: Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) Non-Registered Investment Account (NRIA) The first three account types are registered with taxation authorities and as such are accompanied by rules and regulations that must be......

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It is the owner-manager’s responsibility to ensure that the workplace is safe for employees or subcontractors. Not only does safety protect the worker from injury or death, but a consistent record of safety also lowers payment to WorkSafeBC and lessens the cost to employers by ensuring that injuries to workers are minimized to guarantee that......

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Interested in moving your business information to the cloud? The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia have summarized some of the risks associated with protecting sensitive client data when using services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Docs.  Check out their article Cloudy with a chance of a data leaks: What business professionals need to......

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In 2018, many owner-managers across Canada chose to adjust staff levels, wages, and prices when the minimum wage was increased. For many, it is still too early to determine the final impact on the corporate bottom line as a full fiscal year has not been completed. With the adjustments of 2018, owner-managers may not have......

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In February 2018, BC’s NDP government proposed the Employer Health Tax (“EHT”) as part of their provincial budget. The introduction of the EHT will be supplemented by the elimination of the Medical Service Plan Premiums (MSPP). Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums are levied on individuals, whereas the new B.C. Employer Health Tax (EHT) will be......

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Every owner-manager has experienced new employees enthusiastically jumping head-first into the task at hand — only to see that enthusiasm for their job morph into complacency over time. Complacency on the job not only lessens the performance of an individual employee; it can also lead to accidents or legal issues if workers become used to......

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Avisar’s people are always looking for ways to improve the firm.  Case in point, our managing partner, Bernie Zacharias, came across an article on LinkedIn recently that he felt resonated with Avisar’s culture; Clear Expectations Help People Meet Your Standards.  Avisar’s partners have incredibly high standards and they constantly challenge their team to get a......

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One of the most common questions we hear from our clients is “how do I make my tax payment”? Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) offers a number of options for making payments, allowing you to choose the payment method that best suits your immediate needs.  In the past, the only options available to taxpayers (individuals or......

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