Saturday, May 6, 2017

100 Years of Income Tax in Canada

2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday, and the 100th anniversary of the Income Tax Act! Watch this video by Canada Revenue Agency that highlights the history and importance of the Income Tax Act, as well as the development of the CRA over the years.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Google AdSense or Google NonSense?

by Guest Writer, Paul Duarte

Did you know that Google, AdSense and YouTube, have been robbing you for years?  Up until now they have been doing it subtly,  but now its all out in the open.

For 3 or 4 years, I have had a YouTube account which was generating approximately $400 to $600 a month.  Not famous but it helped pay the bills and before you judge and say "get some real work", keep in mind that I am disabled man and have a crippling disorder that affects my hands and feet (MS) to no fault of my own.  Like my doctor say's "it's just shitty luck”.  I have 21 blogs and web sites (not actually all mine, some are my GF's and a couple other people, who AdSense refused or cancelled their accounts and kept their revenue).  These sites combined generated about $850 bucks and lately as much as $4300/month.  I also spend a few hundred in FB ads and other advertising sources to reach that goal.  Not bad, and definitely a life changer.

I can understand Google cheating honest people, because there are many cheats and thieves with bots and other schemes who are clicking ads on multiple sites all at once, thereby defrauding advertisers out of advertising dollars.  But even in those cases when they get caught (and usually do) Google keeps the revenue generated by the con which has already been paid out.  But not everyone cheats (like my BFF who is as honest as the day is long and got her account shut down and accused of clicking her own ads).  The biggest problem, lies on the lack of communication on Google's part.

Given the opportunity, we can give them copies of the advertising receipts that generated more than 1.5 million views just on my news blog alone, which they  filtered down to a few hundred viewers.  Here’s an example.  Recently YouTube cut 90% of most YouTuber’s Income because of “non-advertiser friendly” content; no dialog, no explanation, no anything (here today, gone tomorrow).  These are the same people that made Google's YouTube popular and brought them millions if not billions. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.  Messaging Google, YouTube, AdSense, or any platform associated with Google, you might as well be writing on the man's room wall.  You can express your concerns, but it just get flashed down the toilet with no response.

Below are examples of what I am talking about:

  • March's income was $2392.00, but what they actually paid was $871.00
  • and same for the month of April - $4342.00 and $63.00 respectively.

You get the idea.  So if you think we are getting rich with this, think again!  Sixty-three dollars won't even pay our groceries for a week.  At this point I don't care what they do to my accounts.  I make more money just playing around with their competitors platforms.  I may end up on the street but, at least, not hungry.  I, for one, will be jumping with joy, when they hit the ground face first and either go out of business or are forced to scrounge to keep the few followers they have left.  You know what they say "don't kick ass on the way up, because it may attached to the guy you meet on your way down". 

Mark my words it will happen.  Major YouTubers have already started to shift platforms and it won't be too long before their followers will too.  Since the beginning of the month we have turned off most of our advertising efforts because its costing us more than Google pays us. 

Google AdSense NonSense, we’re on to you!

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Paul Duarte is a Tax Consultant and Bookkeeper in Scarborough, Ontario.  He owns his own company Duarte and Associates.  He is also a writer (published books), theologian, counselor, amateur photographer, and registered Personal Trainer. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CRA Email Tax Scams on the Rise!

Phoney emails offering instant tax refund making the rounds in Canada

By Sophia Harris, CBC News Posted: Apr 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET

The Canada Revenue Agency says if you receive an email offering you a tax refund, ignore it.

The Canada Revenue Agency says if you receive an email offering you a tax refund, ignore it. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Kathie Weiss-Lefebvre of Toronto got a tempting offer in her email this week. The sender claimed to be the Canada Revenue Agency and said she was set to receive a $896.70 tax refund by way of an Interac e-Transfer.

All she had to do was click on a link.

Fortunately, Weiss-Lefebvre knew immediately it was a scam: she hasn't even filed her 2016 tax return. But she believes some people might fall for it.

"It's the most convincing piece of spam that I've ever received," she said. "It was very subtle, it didn't have grammatical errors, it didn't look badly sort of cut and pasted."

The email included copies of both a Bank of Montreal and an Interac logo.

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