The Benson Seymour Blog

The Evolution of Signatures

From a chisel on stone tablets, to a quill on parchment, to digital signatures, the evolution of signatures has seen many changes along the way. As a result, businesses and governments have had to adapt to the changing times. Yet, innovations in signature technology have been questioned as far back as 1867 when a US Court looked at the legitimacy of a signature transmitted via telegraph. Today, we have much more certainty thanks to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic […]


It’s goal setting time!

We are proud of our environmental accomplishments so far but we know we can do better. Our goal for the 12 months ended April 30, 2019 is to avoid printing any paper at all. With the last page printed a few months ago and the Nanaimo office removing their printer before that, we are confident that we can accomplish this. In 2018, we offset the Cobble Hill team’s carbon footprint with contributions to the First Nations Forest Carbon Project on […]


0% Paper Achieved!

0% Paper is Benson Seymour’s unique approach to an environmentally friendly and secure delivery of financial information without printing paper. The goal was to ensure that the physical paper our organization produces was 0% to that of the digital paper produced and we are proud to announce that in the 12 months ended April 30, 2018 our physical paper production was actually 0.32% to that of digital production. The Nanaimo office even removed their only printer as it was no […]


Introducing: Benson Seymour LLP

Formerly Birrer Sangret LLP, we are proud to unveil our new branding and our new name as Benson Seymour LLP. Rest assured that despite the new name and look, we have retained the same ownership and staff and will continue to provide the same quality professional accounting services you have come to know and rely on. This re-branding will allow us to take our small partnership forward along our vision of growth. We would like to thank you, our clients, […]


EMAIL SCAM ALERT: Fraudulent Email Money Transfers

There has been a major increase in the number of fraudulent email money transfers being reported to us. Just in the last week alone we have had almost a dozen reports of people receiving fraudulent email money transfers from a sender claiming to be the Canada Revenue Agency. There are two things to look for to confirm fraudulent email money transfers: 1) THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY NEVER SENDS MONEY BY EMAIL. The Canada Revenue Agency will send a physical cheque […]


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TAX MYTH – Vehicle Advertising

If you’re hoping to increase the business use of your vehicle by using vehicle advertising, you may be in for a surprise. Tax Myth: If I advertise on my vehicle, I can claim 100% of the vehicle expenses This is not the case. Vehicle advertising does not change the nature of a trip. When a sole-proprietor uses a vehicle for both personal and business use, the business deduction is determined at the end of the year using a log that details […]


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TAX MYTH – Reporting Tip Income

Every year across Canada, some of the country’s service industry workers file their taxes without adequate support for their tip income. Tax Myth: I can report my tip income as a percentage of my T4 Although this is a common practice for some taxpayers in Canada, it is not an acceptable method of reporting tip income. In fact, in some cases the employees are not required to report tips at all as the responsibility may fall on the employer. Regardless of […]


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TAX MYTH – Spousal RRSP Contributions

With tax season over, we are taking a look at a common misconception we came across related to spousal RRSP contributions. Tax Myth: My spouse can deduct RRSP contributions I make to a spousal RRSP Unfortunately, this is not the case as RRSP contributions made to a spousal RRSP are deducted on the contributor’s tax return.  You will not be able to take advantage of your spouse’s tax brackets or RRSP contribution limits. The main purpose of a spousal RRSP […]


We’re Hiring – Bookkeeper Wanted!

We are looking for an amazing bookkeeper to join the Birrer Sangret LLP team, working out of our Cobble Hill office in a long-term, permanent position. RESPONSIBILITIES: Data entry and reconciliations using manual, automated and integrated bookkeeping solutions for a diverse client base; Preparation of working papers to support government reporting; full cycle payroll; Research and application; assisting with the development of our quality management system; Assisting with the internal audit; and Administrative support. SKILLS: Attention to detail with a […]


TAX MYTH – First Time Home Buyers

We are looking at the First Time Home Buyers amount; a $5,000 non-refundable tax credit that can save you up to $750. Tax Myth: The First Time Home Buyer’s tax credit is based on your percentage ownership of the property That is incorrect. Last year, we talked to a young couple that recently purchase a home. On the “tax advice” of their lender, they were told that the First Time Home Buyer’s tax credit is based on their percentage ownership. The […]


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