Recession Economics 101

Alberta is one of the few places you can go from the bottom to the top.

Arrival

Before arrival in 2006  I examined the austere government under Ralph Klein and I decided this is where I will engineer my place towards the top of Alberta’s trickle: oil and gas.  Over the years, I have watched fiscal policy tilt left each year, and when the oil crash happened –  human nature dictates self-preservation.  The only way politicians are elected is if they pander to the majority.
Lesson in that.

Don’t be at the end of of the trickle

Not everyone can be a producer or service producers. It is easier to be a net consumer – but this does nothing to improve our real-world production. On a micro level, my business produces units of processed accounting. Whatever I spend that does not directly allow me to produce more, is consumption.  Similarly, on a macro level real tangible production that grows the economy is producing something that others want – for Alberta it has been oil, for Switzerland: pharmaceuticals, watches etc. Ultimately, everything else only exists because SOMEONE somewhere is producing something.  While consumption in Alberta continues to overtake production, we will continue this downward spiral.  Increases in government spending which our governments borrows from future generations keeps the majority from the pain of living beyond their means – the piper will be paid.  The more government interferes the longer the inevitable outcome will be. For most, it will get worst before it gets better.  Lesson: don’t rely on things you can not control.

The recovery

By sacrificing productivity for a period of time, time and resources  can be invested.  Innovation exponential increases my end productivity.  This is only possible by under-consumption. By under-consuming one can still feed themselves while they are not directly producing. Here is how the government does the opposite: Artificially low-interest rates make the housing market seem stable (fake accomplishment) – keeping overpriced houses seem affordable.  Over consumption of buying more than what you need, will keep you from being able to invest your precious time/resources (now being consumed to service bigger mortgage, lifestyle, etc.) from opening your own business.  The only way real economic improvement will happen is if this happens on a macroeconomic level.  It is a mistake to think that logic changes from simple household economics.

Which one are you?

  1. Pessimist = Complain about no jobs.
  2. Optimist = Hope the job market improves.
  3. Winner = Creates jobs – or at least one for yourself – follow framework below and throughout blog.

Fun facts

  • Alberta is a monster economy and even during a recession Alberta’s per capita GDP exceeds $80K – on par with Switzerland’s and nearly DOUBLE the rest of Canada and Europe. It takes a million more Norwegians to generate the same money as Albertans.
  • If you live in Edmonton there is money everywhere. PCL Construction generated record revenues of $8.5 billion in 2015 and is on track to reach $9 billion this year.
  • The Swiss have a wealth-based taxation system that is easier on the average worker. While the Alberta system is supposed to be progressive – up to 48% for the highest bracket, business owners can escape these taxes with strategic planning. For example, in 2016, a well executed strategy would have someone pay $16,000 in taxes net of Canada Child Benefits on a $260,000 income, or a tax rate of 6%.  This is a 10% less than what a single income family with 2 children would have to pay on a $50,000 wage.
  • Prior to 2015- 90% of my income came from oilfield.
  • I proudly can say I have never had to axe any employees in this recession and I have rejected all the requests to outsource bookkeeping to India. In my tradition of doing the opposite, I continue to give raises and bonuses.
  • Most people have no political pull so speaking of politics this far from election does nothing.
  • No government can save you. The only way to improve your life is the harder task of honing your skills.
  • Understand that big government will always have inefficiencies, no big deal, business as usual.  Smart ones are taking the money and laughing.

Recommended Framework

  1. Develop and exercise your rare and valuable skills.
  2. When you are ready “productify” your service. Don’t charge per hour, make clear-cut product offerings or sell something you know better than most.
  3. Sell either business to business or online or both. If you sell direct to consumers, remember who spends the money *hint: it’s not necessarily the people who earn it.
  4. Ritualize everything to focus on what’s important
  5. Prioritize efficiency = value created/time spent creating value
  6. Get the right people on board and the wrong ones out.
  7. Hire 2, work them like 4 and pay them like 3.
  8. Don’t try to please everyone. Most people are not worth it. I lose bad customers and obtain good ones. To be polarizing is a good problem to have.
  9. Buy fixer-uppers if you can realistically expect to double or triple your investment (do not count on capital appreciation if you are borrowing money!)

Pour Conclure

Control what you can control and ignore the rest. Manipulate the system to suit your needs. Our new government wants to spend billions on infrastructure, so get your self a piece of the pie, and employ our services so will let you hold on to as much of your hard-earned money as possible.  The smaller percentage of taxes we pay is still our wonderful contribution to a great place I am proud to call home!

The triangle gets smaller on the way up so sooner or later we will meet!

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As a result of improved efficiency – made possible by savings, innovation and investment – our prices are down and the benefits of THUT are available to a wider pool of entrepreneurs.

What was once a luxury for Edmonton’s elite is now available to all. Quality, reliability, and precision: THUT is a reflection of 21st-century Switzerland. Like all things Swiss, our customers rely on us in the long-term. Generations ago we decided that it would be easier to explain price one time than it would be to apologize for mistakes forever.Our offerings are worth what it can do for you and not what you have to pay for it. It is better to pay a little more than you expected than less than you should when dealing with something as serious as taxes. Another Edmonton accountant could cost you millions of dollars more.
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Motivation does NOT work

Why do I still do accounting?
I still do accounting because I want to master a scalable craft that no longer feels like work to me.  The anticipation of improving a little each day keeps me at my desk. Working for stuff, is not the way to go through life- cars and tech get old and outdated.  No one can take my skills from me. Money is only a byproduct of being skilled at a craft vs. competitors that are so focused on making money that their short-term actions are destroying their long-term goals.
North American style big goals of having a big house + big vehicle can put you in debt or at least limit your freedom.  Once you have your essential costs covered for life (housing, food and clothing) then by all means splurge on whatever you choose.  There is nothing wrong with nice things, but you will be a happier person being happy with what you already have and you won’t have to postpone or give up what you seek most for a momentary fix.

My Core System:

  1. Prioritize sleep.
  2. Improve my work each day. I keep a tally of my hours in focused work each week
  3. Improve my body each day. I keep a daily journal of the weight I lift, the number of reps and sets I do, also what I juiced/blended/ate that day

Environmental System to Facilitate my Core System

  1. I do not own a mobile phone or have wifi
  2. I only purchase healthy groceries
  3. I have never bought a TV, and there is only 1 projector in my theater which my kids use maximum once per month. TV & escapism = waste of life. Make your own life great instead

As you can see, my systems do not require any start-up cost. In fact, my system costs less than the typical persons life. I spend nothing on escapism, TV, entertainment, and unhealthy food.

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100% rate of return!

Charge all your business expenditures to a rewards credit card (dedicated to your business!). Pay it off in full and since you needed to make those purchases anyways, there is no reason why you should be submitting receipts on other cards or worst cash.  Keep a separate credit card for personal transactions!

http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/credit-cards/canadas-best-rewards-credit-cards-fees-2017/

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Anyone you refer gets a free month of bookkeeping!
THUT data capture technology extracts data from bank, credit card and online statements and allows for automatic bank reconciliation.
SwissBooks uses artificial intelligence to locate and extract line item and tax summary data from receipts and exports it into a csv file.
Cleansing algorithms allow it to extracts transactional data that is 100% accurate.
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Edmonton Accounting Customers Who Switched From Our Competitors Speak!

Thanks for your support!  |  Over $1 Billion in Accounting Processed

In the last 10 years (I am 35) I have gone from being penniless to being able not to work another day in my life.  But saving my customers money and making their journey easier is the reason I STILL LEAP out of bed every morning.

I’ve also read 500 books over this period, brought my bench press up to 300 lbs, and am teaching our 4 year old computer programming (fundamentals of Java).

This shows what is possible when you apply my guide  to a tranquil life.

If you could do these things too, how much would that be worth to you?

A lot, I’m guessing.

Our blog is FREE and our accounting packages are affordable.  Take advantage that my staff and I have mastered certain areas of accounting and life exhaustively to digest the data- helping our customers TRIPLE their net worth.

Here are some of the things customers routinely credit our service for

  • To set accounting, finances, and business development on semi-automation
  • To make better decisions and think more accurately
  • To deliver a subscription model or earn high margins on consumable product sales
  • To save time by cutting out bookkeeping and audits
  • To learn things faster and be the best at what you do

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And, what makes me even more excited, is that it is well received by customers:

“High Quality, Efficient, Affordable and Professional Accounting Business: They take care of our personal and business tax needs. From filing, processing, administration to advice and completion all within an affordable payment model suited to the size of our business operations. We have referred THUT Accounting over and over again to anyone that has frustrations with their current accountant or is in need of a new one. They are the most affordable and well managed companies we have come accross in our 6 years of being in business. The tax savings and advice they have provided and given over our 6 year relationship has paid off many times.” 

MojoPhoto.ca (Dennie H.) Edmonton, Alberta

“Amazing Service, Quick Response Time: THUT Accounting offers amazing quick service. Always willing to help us out when we are short for time and help walk us through any issue. You can definitely count on them to keep on top of things and they are always teaching us new, more efficient methods to complete our bookkeeping.”

BlackoutTinting.ca (Tony T.) Edmonton, Alberta

“Christian has helped me simplify my processes to save time and money. This took alot off my plate and allows me to effectively focus my time on other activities. He broke it down and made it easy for me to understand. Highly recommended :)”

VirtuosoElectric.com (Janet B.) Calgary, Alberta

“Thank you for all your service and advice for the last couple years. We appreciate everything you guys and your team do for us. Glad we found you! And hope for many more years of team work.”

Modern Touch Nail Salon (Trish & Lan) Edmonton, Alberta

“Absolute BEST!! Thank you for absolutely everything! Love you guys to pieces!” 

N2 Makeup Co. (Nina N.) Edmonton, Alberta

“See, this is why you guys are amazing! I never would have thought to open a holding company!!!! Thanks SO much for the time you guys give your customers! For us it’s truly appreciated.”

Jenna D., Westside Construction & Developments Inc., Edmonton, Alberta

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THUT data capture technology extracts data from bank, credit card and online statements and allows for automatic bank reconciliation.
THUT uses artificial intelligence to locate and extract line item and tax summary data from receipts and exports it into a csv file.
Cleansing algorithms allow it to extracts transactional data that is 100% accurate.
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Why Do More Edmonton-area Nail Salons Choose THUT Accounting Than Anyone Else?

Có nhân viên kiểm tra thuế (auditor) làm ở cơ quan thuế Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) báo cho văn phòng mình biết là:

  1. CRA có nguyên một đội ngủ chuyên kiểm tra lại thuế tất cả các tiệm nail trong vòng 2 năm
  2. Trong đội ngủ này CRA có nhân viên biết tiếng Việt Nam sẻ giúp kiểm tra và thông dich lại những quảng cáo của những tiệm nails đăng trên Thời Báo (Trả bao nhiêu tiền một tháng và trả ăn chia v.v..). Auditor nói CRA sẽ dùng thông tin này để tìm lại số tiền mặt mà các tiệm Nail không khai báo là bao nhiêu.
  3. CRA đã và đang cho người giả xin việc gọi đến từng tiệm Nail và hỏi có trả tiền mặt hay không để báo lên CRA.
  4. CRA đang kiểm tra lại thuế tiệm Nail là vì có nhiều người trong ngành Nail phản ảnh với CRA vụ cách thức tiệm Nail Việt trả tiên cho nhân viên cho nên họ khong thế cạnh tranh được (ví dụ như tiệm Italian va Lebanese v.v.).
  5. Mua một chiếc xe với giá trị 75% hoặc nhiều hơn số tiền thu nhập hàng năm bạn báo sẽ gây ra một cuộc kiểm toán (audit).
  6. Trong một cuộc audit CRA cũng kiểm tra xem làm thế nào bạn có thể trả tiền mortgage của bạn.

CRA có quyền:

  • Tìm hiểu thông tin từ nơi đăng ký xe (Registry Office )mình có bao nhiêu xe và xe gì
  • Lấy thông tin từ ngân hàng (cá nhân lẩn doanh ngiệp) và thông tin mortgage của chủ tiệm nail
  • Và họ lên City of Edmonton website để coi giá trị của căn nhà của bạn

Chúng tôi đề nghị tiệm Nail phải có hệ thống quản lý bán hàng (Point of Sale system) hoặc ghi lại thu nhập , xem Example – Sales Journal – Month of July hoặc liên hệ với văn phòng THUT cho một mẫu để sử dụng.  Tiệm Nail cũng cần ghi lại tiền TIP trả cho nhân viên hàng ngày bởi vì chủ tiệm nail không cần phải trả thuế và GST trên tiền TIP này.  Để biết thêm về hồ sơ thu nhập : English / Vietnamese.

Trong trường hợp nếu bạn bị kiểm tra thuế thì bạn cung cấp cho Auditor bằng báo cáo thu nhập thì bạn không có vấn đề.

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Anyone you refer gets a free month of bookkeeping!
THUT data capture technology extracts data from bank, credit card and online statements and allows for automatic bank reconciliation.
THUT uses artificial intelligence to locate and extract line item and tax summary data from receipts and exports it into a csv file.
Cleansing algorithms allow it to extracts transactional data that is 100% accurate.
Send us your prior financials and we will prove to you how our value is unrivaled in Canada.
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Bad Accountants & Management Fees

Willkommen to the first article on our series on terrible accountants and what you need to watch out for before they waste your money and time.

There is 1 of 3 ways to pay money out of an operating company:

  1. Repayment of shareholder loan (not an option when they were already repaid)
  2. Dividends based on shareholdings
  3. Management remuneration (based on fair market value of services rendered)

The shareholders of an operating company in Calgary wanted to pay themselves from their operating company in Edmonton (Op Co) and they paid themselves proportional to their shareholdings.  The 50% shareholder in Calgary took 50% of the payout while the 3 shareholders in Edmonton took 16.67% each.  They have done this consistently over the last 2 years.

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) for the Calgary shareholder called yesterday and insisted that I amend 8 corporate tax returns and 14 GST returns to change the dividends to management fees.

I will have no part in such nonsense as the deductibility of management fees is often reviewed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

  1. Management fees must be invoiced detailing the services rendered at a fair market rate. The 50% payout his customer received is 3X the fair market rate of the actual management fees issued to the Op Co by our Edmonton shareholder.  How could this be possible, when the Calgary shareholder is in Calgary running a different Op Co?
  2. You can not simply invoice the Op Co more than a year later for a round $150,000 including GST with no periodic invoices consistent with the payments received.  The invoice should be the rate x the hours and subject to GST.  There should be a service contract between the Op Co and the shareholders and CRA will look for specific proof of how your management fees were determined. This means detailed descriptions of the work performed for the Op Co.
  3. If the Calgary Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) got his way, anti-avoidance rules will kick in and the $150,000 management fees will be denied along with more than $50,000 in unnecessary taxes + penalties and interest on the avoided tax.  Arm’s-length management fees that do not meet the requirements of the sections of the Income tax Act can lead to double taxation for which no relief is available.
  4. All regrets in life involve wasted time. This is the only thing you can never get back so never waste a second giving people second chances.  Poor choices reveal poor character.

Below is a link to an article written by me detailing the reasons to use a holding company. This is how we can legitimately save taxes without breaking any laws and end up losing more than you ever bargained for.

Our goal at SwissBooks is to secure our customer’s future and the future of their loved ones. Our business offers a comprehensive services to customers.  We will never sacrifice the long-term well-being of our customers for any ill gotten short-term gains.   We will work with you  to minimize your tax obligation, preserve and protect assets for future generations.  Accounting is beautiful a series of debits and credits that must balance.  There is no such thing as bad accounting- only bad accountants.

Like all people with no value, bad CPAs should be avoided at all costs.  Join my personal vendetta against all the bad CPAs in Canada that hide behind their designations or hide behind their high fees. Their customers automatically associate authority based on the high fees they charge. Bad CPAs: please start behaving or I will start lighting you up on this blog.

Upcoming topics for bad accountants:

  1. Inflating expenses to “minimize” your taxesfake accomplishment, will bite you in the end. I know you can not compete with me, but putting your customers at risk by reporting bogus numbers should put you in prison. ($12,000 dollars of office expenses for a little shop that provides a beauty service? How much pens and papers can you buy for $12,000?)
  2. Paying employees as contractors: learn the difference
  3. Encouraging mindless spending to increase tax-write offsfake accomplishment. Congratulations! Your customer pays no tax; they will also be in financial ruin. Only acquire corporate vehicles or leases if they are required for conducting business.  Ferrying kids around to school? Personal. Get familiar with the metrics, keep business – business.
  4. “Investing” under $500,000 in individual stocks: inefficient waste of time. If you could beat my index fund your time is worth more working on Wall-Street.
  5. Franchises: not worth pursuing unless you are the franchisor.

We can’t be responsible for other accountants irresponsibility.  Our responsibility comes from 10 years of delivery quality, completing files on time, servicing memorably and saving our customers far more money in taxes than any small price difference.

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Anyone you refer gets a free month of bookkeeping!
THUT data capture technology extracts data from bank, credit card and online statements and allows for automatic bank reconciliation.
SwissBooks uses artificial intelligence to locate and extract line item and tax summary data from receipts and exports it into a csv file.
Cleansing algorithms allow it to extracts transactional data that is 100% accurate.
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Self-made Multi-Millionaire Reveals 7 Swiss Secrets That Helped Him Get Rich

Foreign demand for Alberta’s natural resources contributed to our current situation.  Even THUT Accounting became too specialized in providing accounting to oil-field related businesses, leaving out the other sectors of the economy because of apathy.

Canada’s abundance of natural resources has interesting side effects. The trickle down of wealth erodes productivity and created a nation dependent on Alberta.

Adaptability and productivity stay low while increasing costs, inflation, and unemployment.

Even if you don’t work directly for the oil-sector, you may be adversely affected if:

  1. an increase in your mortgage rate would hurt your finances
  2. your mortgage is more than 2.5-4 times your gross annual household income depending on how much you put down
  3. you don’t have any real skills and think you can succeed in business

7 Swiss Tricks to 7 Figures!

The future will belong to:

  1. People who are the best at what they do through 90% doing & 10% learning.  Hone useful skills that allow you to deliver a service/product that people want and you can create opportunity regardless of the economic environment. Switzerland’s strong apprenticeship system has made it the most competitive country 7 years in a row.
  2. People with money. Strive to save 90% of your income.  Keep 90% of the above in investments and 10% cash. Don’t take this the wrong way, I don’t mean downsize your life. Instead, maximize your income so you are happy living on the other 10%. Follow metrics when buying a home.  Buy your car using metrics for yourself and not prestige for others. 12.7% of Switzerland’s population has a net worth over $1M vs. 1.4% in Canada.
  3. People who leverage technology. Online is the only path to scalability.  Switzerland has no resources but is ranked as the world’s most innovative country.

Paretoprinzip: Maximize the results by minimizing the stuff that don’t count:

  1. Don’t check your e-mail more than 3 times a day.
  2. Stop watching TV, surfing the net,  playing video games, and taking unnecessary vacations.  Make your own life great instead of engaging in escapism. The Swiss love outdoor adventure sport. Make your life so good you don’t need a vacation.  The only legitimate reason someone who is not financial independent should take a vacation is to visit family overseas.
  3. Trim your contact list – cut the complainers because chances are they already lost.

Switzerland has no natural resources, covered by inhabitable alps and can fit in between Edmonton and Calgary! Canada has 20% of the world’s fresh water but a Swiss company is the largest water brand in the world.

Share with someone that could use some advice in this post or save some taxes
For every person you refer we’ll give you a free month or a gift card equal to 1 month of service of your referral – whatever is bigger! Up to to $600!
Anyone you refer gets a free month of bookkeeping!
THUT data capture technology extracts data from bank, credit card and online statements and allows for automatic bank reconciliation.
THUT uses artificial intelligence to locate and extract line item and tax summary data from receipts and exports it into a csv file.
Cleansing algorithms allow it to extracts transactional data that is 100% accurate.
Send us your prior financials and we will prove to you how our value is unrivaled in Canada.
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