Knowledge Bureau's extensive list of continuing education courses are designed to help you expand your skill set to better serve the needs of your clients. Registering for a course is also a commitment to better educate yourself about leading-edge trends and strategies in tax and finances. Those looking for CE credits and certification have come to the right place!
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Formerly Introduction to Personal Tax Preparation. This course is designed for prospective tax preparers who have no experience with preparing tax returns for others. The course starts with an introduction to income tax in Canada: who is taxed and what is subject to income tax. By the end of the first chapter students will be able to prepare a simple tax return for a no-income credit filer. Subsequent chapters will teach you how to prepare returns for singles, families, students; retirees and investors. Along the way, you’ll learn about the most common deductions and credits available to Canadian taxpayers.
In this course, you will learn what we at Knowledge Bureau refer to as the Elements of Real Wealth Management™, a unique and specialized approach which can be readily integrated into your professional practice as you progress through this program. This defined process for building relationships with your clients will enable joint decision-making that results in the creation of sustainable wealth through the execution of tactical plans for the accumulation, growth, preservation and transition of capital on a net, after-tax basis.
Formerly T3 Basic Tax Preparation. This course introduces the types of trusts that can be created in Canada and how each of them is taxed. Students will learn how to prepare T3 returns as part of the case study exercises in the course. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the taxation of various trusts and be able to prepare T3 trust returns and prepare T3 slips for beneficiaries.
Formerly Intermediate Personal Tax Preparation. Tax preparation is always timely, as it is the taxpayer's legal right and duty to file a tax return for the entire family to the best benefit of the unit as a whole. But from a tax and financial planner's point of view, it is critical to know the mechanics of tax preparation as a prerequisite to tax efficient financial planning. If you don't know tax, you're missing double digit returns in your plans for real wealth management with your clients.
Formerly Advanced Family Tax Preparation. This is a course designed to help you be the most highly professional tax practitioner with excellent investigative skills (conducting the most exhaustive client interviews) and the best research skills (knowing when and where to look for help), using the power of Knowledge Bureau's EverGreen Explanatory Notes to do so. This course picks up from the Personal Income Tax Concultancy to dig deep on a line-by-line basis to the details professional tax preparers need to know to accurately prepare a broad range of more complicated personal tax returns. This course includes the most current tax changes updated each year.
Formerly T1 Professional Tax Preparation – Proprietorships. Unincorporated small businesses have unique tax preparation and planning requirements. This course gives you access to a broad range of proprietorships including sole proprietors, partnerships, farmers, fishermen, and professionals. You will learn how to complete income statements, capital cost allowance schedules, auto and home workspace schedules, and other unique calculations specific to the profile using the most recent tax laws and budget proposals.
It’s widely accepted that many small businesses in Canada are led by individuals that are in or near retirement age. The majority of these companies require assistance with succession related issues, often due to a lack of planning within the business. Qualified advisors have a significant opportunity to assist in this regard, building clients for the long term. The "distinguished advisor" must take a leadership role in quarterbacking this process. Help your clients beat the odds for succession success by better understanding the planning process now!
It’s evident that an accounting department has an important day-to-day role to fulfill, but there is much more that can be done to help a company be successful.
In the case of growing companies, it’s critical to understand where the business is at, the resources it needs to support future growth, potential gaps, and how they could be addressed.
The student will learn to manage the bookkeeping functions for a variety of companies, using all the modules of the program (with the exception of Payroll) to deliver financial results for the most simple to a complex company. The student’s skillsets will move beyond basic data entry of daily transactions to create a complete set of books for a variety of businesses while understanding the features of SAGE 50 and Intuit Quickbooks Desktop to do so. Current GST/HST rates and reporting are included.
The technical side of payroll, if done incorrectly, can cost the employer or the employee money, not to mention incur penalties with the Canada Revenue Agency. Advanced Payroll will help you become a more astute compliance manager to ensure payroll is more than simply accurate. It will also allow you to assist your client to be shrewd in negotiating employment contracts to the after-tax benefits of the employees of the firm, which could include family members.
This leading-edge program is designed to provide structure and process for advisors interested in specializing in tax-efficient retirement income planning. This is a skillset in great demand by the baby boomer demographic—the most affluent generation in our history—who seek credible, trusted, and expert solutions to their complex retirement planning requirements and view tax erosion as the biggest threat to their wealth.
Bookkeeping, for some, is like learning a complicated foreign language. The Knowledge Bureau has translated all you need to know to confidently prepare books in a computer-based double entry bookkeeping system. Become the certified professional who knows how to use accounting software to set up a proper double entry bookkeeping system for a small business, analyze and report transactions within the accounting cycle to the business owner and prepare financial statements ready for tax preparation and review by the accountant.
This course is designed in a practical format and will help an advisor become a valuable resource to their clients when considering business valuation issues. Key concepts include understanding the notion of value, company specific and market based approaches for estimating value, the key stages of the business transaction process, value and investment transactions, and the implications of financial performance on value.
As baby boomers age and technology makes it possible for people and businesses to operate globally, economic changes make it appealing for people and businesses to purchase investment property globally. As well as the increase in the sharing of financial information between countries, cross border taxation issues become key for cross border employment, entrepreneurship or asset ownership, as does the issue of residency and U.S. citizenship. Advisors who work with affluent boomers must be prepared to discuss cross border taxation with a comprehensive general knowledge, as well as recognize and advise on how certain actions on both sides of the border affect a person’s tax situation.
Debt is the number one financial issue in Canada today. This course will help students to advise their clients on what debt is and how to use it properly; enhance their ability to manage debt and cash flow to accumulate wealth for the future.
Formerly Final Returns on Death of a Taxpayer. Death is never timely yet it comes to at least 1% of the population each year. Advisors need to be able to help their clients minimize the income tax consequences before the event occurs. The advisor also requires technical expertise in filing the final return(s) of a deceased in order to ensure proper tax planning is arranged at time of death and for the ongoing planning activities of the survivors.
Largely due to advances in preventing heart disease and more aware, and healthy, lifestyles, Canadians who reach age 65 are more likely than ever to live into their 90's. This takes retirement income planning into a much longer period in which a focus on continued accumulation and investing is as important as tax-efficient withdrawal of funds. Capital must be preserved at the same time. This course reviews the measurement and calculation of risk and return from this perspective.
This course is designed in a practical format and will help an advisor become a valuable resource to their clients in the succession planning process. Key concepts include understanding the importance of succession planning for the business and key positions within the business; role and financial issues, from both the business leader and successor perspective; succession plan implementation; addressing the impact of succession on employees and the business as a whole; and succession of the business to third parties.
Small business forms the backbone of the Canadian economy, yet only a minority of businesses successfully pass to new owners. Sophisticated strategies are needed to ensure greater success in the transition of business ownership. This course features a comprehensive textbook by Glenn R. Stephens, LL.B. “Estate Planning with Life Insurance” together with practical case studies to bring home the benefits of new wealth planning discussions with your clients and the multi-advisory team that may be working with you in succession and estate planning. This is an excellent course for any tax advisors working in planning for family succession or in terminal return preparation.
Formerly Investment Strategies in Charitable Giving. Canadians are becoming more philanthropic; giving more every year to causes that are important to them, but there is today a major change in the world of philanthropy—people want to be in control of how they give. They are holding the organizations accountable for the money and want to see how it is managed. They’re becoming far more demanding in wanting to maximize the impact of their donations. This course is to assist financial advisors who want to ensure their clients’ gifts complement their overall wealth management strategy in a tax-effective manner.
It is one thing to properly keep books, using a double entry system. It is quite another to use that financial information to enable a business to meet its financial goals and make better management decisions throughout the year. Students who have completed Basic Bookkeeping for Business and others will be delighted with this course, which instructs the student on use of information within bookkeeping systems to assist business owners and their advisors to make business decisions.
Formerly T2 Tax Planning for Professional Practices. This course will focus on preparing T2 returns and personal/corporate tax planning for small to medium sized businesses, owned and operated by professionals, with a special focus on financial advisors and medical practitioners. Retirement and succession planning will be an integral part of the course.
Formerly T2 Tax Preparation for Small Business. Learn to prepare a T2 corporate return for your small business clients.
The focus of this course is to provide the preparer with an understanding of the business issues and tax options that underlie the taxation of corporate income, so that the return can be prepared accurately, tax is minimized and planning opportunities are identified on a timely basis.
Are you able to advise private business owners and managers about the best way to manage his or her compensation to maximize the amount of after-tax income available? This course has been designed to do just that. You will get a solid understanding of options available when constructing compensation packages, of the salary-dividend-bonus mix to maximize tax efficiency for the owner and each family member, and of constraints imposed by income tax and other laws so you can provide sound advice to the employer or client on compensation planning all year long.
Tax, financial planning and wealth management competencies are required to fund income and capital accumulation goals derived from investments. The advisor must use a strategy and a process geared to preserving, growing and transitioning wealth tax efficiently to the next generation, throughout the lifecycles of individuals within a family.
Formerly Use of Trusts in Tax and Estate Planning. You need to know the pros and cons of all possible solutions for wealth and succession planning. Planning with trusts is becoming more and more common, and if you can’t answer questions and explain the concept, your clients will find someone who can. This course will provide you with a well-rounded knowledge to nail down a long-term and potentially intergenerational connection to the client and their family with the ability to lead probing questions and connect with the right professionals who can facilitate the right estate planning solutions.
From a start-up to flourishing enterprise by establishing ten key principles of marketing, a process for developing a communications and marketing plan and tips on branding to establish your unique value proposition.
Every company requires the interaction with legal talent to develop contracts with the various stakeholders it interacts with. This course provides the background information business owner need to understand basic contractual agreements and templates for engagements with customers, sub-contractors and employees.
Learn how to structure the core operations departments required to build and manage a company including finance, administration, sales, marketing and staffing as well production to grow a market-driven business someone will eventually buy.
How to build a great organization with focused decision-making and outstanding financial success. Learn expert business planning strategies that support investment.
Learn how to invest in the people who work with you to create an innovate culture in which all stakeholders to the success of the organization are focused and working in tandem. Build up a new generation of leaders for the future, too.