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Why It May Pay to Skip the Staff BBQ


By: Cory G. Litzenberger, CPA, CMA, CFP, C.Mgr – President & Founder of CGL Strategic Business & Tax Advisors.

Say you are a business and you invite your 30 staff to your annual Employee BBQ

The company shells out $1,500 for the event at $50 a person fully expecting everyone to attend but as luck would have it, the weather doesn’t co-operate, so most people stay home.

When it is all said and done, only 9 diehard employees show up.

Well, it gets worse.

According to the Canada Revenue Agency these loyal 9 employees now have a taxable benefit.

On April 9, 2018, the CRA released an (originally in French) Internal Technical Interpretation (2017-073125117 F). In this interpretation, the CRA states that the benefit is calculated based on the total cost paid by the employer divided by the number of attendees.

The CRA does not factor in total number invited, just those that show up.

When you take the full $1,500 cost and divide it among the 9 employees that actually attended, the per person benefit is now over $150. As a result, the employees in attendance have a taxable benefit to include in their income.

Meanwhile, those that stayed home, are not affected.

I can just imagine the office dynamics as the 9 people go on the warpath on the other 21, which only needed one of them to attend to avoid this issue.

While I can understand the intent of the provision to prevent large amounts being spent for only a few, it appears to be counter-productive where accidentally falling offside because of a decrease in attendance would now be considered a taxable benefit to those in attendance.

The meal consumed does not change.

The chair to sit on does not change.

But according to the CRA, the benefit changes.

This interpretation is problematic and should be corrected by the CRA or Finance.

Until then… stay home… it’s cheaper.

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Women Leading Change is back! Sign up for this one-day professional development event for women in business



Check out this video and send this post to your friends and the business women in your life who are leading change!

This one-day professional development day features a variety of workshops, networking, great food, and an inspiring guest speaker.  All for just $100.00!

Topics include HR, Social Media, Marketing, Accounting, Legal, Finance and more!  It’s also a fantastic place to network and enjoy some great food together.

Guest speaker is Canadian Paralympic Swimmer Tammy Cunnington, a Parapan American Games Medalist, Rio 2016 Paralympian, & Women of Excellence award winner.

Women Leading Change is a partnership with BDC, RSM Canada and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce


Women Leading Change

Tuesday Sep 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM MDT

Welikoklad Centre – Red Deer

4922 49 St Red Deer AB T4N 1V3


For Information contact Shelley Hanlan 403-347-4491 Send Email

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Because things can get ugly out there.



Rain, Rain go away!

As much as we don’t want to think about what’s next after this rainy summer, reality will eventually set in and ‘old man you know what’ will be here.  In an effort to get ahead of it, make sure that your 2nd largest purchase in your life is protected in the areas that you cannot access to take care of!

Protection makes sense.

Make sure that your undercarriage is protected from the harsh elements on the road such as salts, ice, snow, rocks and dirt. What can be done?

  1. We put your vehicle up on a hoist and spray the undercarriage of the vehicle with undercoat. This not only protects it from these elements and ensures that your undercarriage doesn’t rust, but also acts as  sound dampening from road noise.
  2. Another option that we offer is to apply a rust inhibitor in between the panels of your vehicle. We spray the rust inhibitor in your doors, quarter panels, trunk and hood. Moisture gets in between these panels from rain or when we wash our vehicles. This seals off the inside of the panel to make sure that the moisture doesn’t come in contact with the sheet metal. The benefit of this is that you won’t get rust on the common areas of your vehicle such as around your wheel wells, corners of the doors, and on the seams of the hood.

Protecting your vehicle with these products accomplishes two things:

  1. Keep your vehicle looking newer while you own it.
  2. Help to create resale value when you choose to trade it in or sell it.

They are the most common products that we apply to vehicles and for good reason. Albertans know how harsh our winters are, and how long we seem to have rocks/gravel/sand on our roads. Protecting your investment just only makes sense!

Please visit our Finance office for pricing information or with any questions that you may have regarding these products.

Cheryl Sundgaard – Finance Director –

403.343.6633  |


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