Vine and Partners

Vine and Partners

Vine and Partners LLP has been focused on providing comprehensive financial services and resources to business owners since 1965.

When was the last time your business had a check-up? We offer a no-fee, no-obligation business health check for business owners. It's been designed to assess the vital signs of a business and takes as little as 20 minutes. Contact us at (905) 549 8463 or visit

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Top 5 habits successful family enterprises have in common Much of it is about sharing, both internally and externally. And then there’s the difficult but necessary discussions

It’s never to early to start an RESP for your children. The amount of annual contribution room that is eligible for the Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG) is $2,500. You can contribute more, but the 20% grant is only matched by the government up to $2,500 per year. You can contribute a lifetime maximum of $50,000 per beneficiary to an RESP

It was great to attend the ATAP Seminar this past weekend where Walter Williams, Senior Partner spoke about business valuation. With Walter's diverse set of skills, he has been featured on Talk Radio for years and is asked to speak on a number of different business topics. If you are interested in Walter Williams speaking at your next engagement, click here to contact Walter:

Please join VINE & PARTNERS, AGRO ZAFFIRO LLP and RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT for an informative talk by Walter Williams, David Henderson and Jeremy Bridger. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:

If you are planning to sell, merge, finance or grow through acquisition, the Chartered Business Valuators at Vine have the industry experience to expertly value your business and provide market insight needed to gain an invaluable advantage during negotiations.

Looking forward to attending the ATAP “Raising the Bar” Seminar this week-end in Nottawasaga and proud to say our Partner Walter Williams will be speaking about "Business Valuations” on Friday afternoon. We look forward to seeing many of our associates over the week-end.

Ontario government halting planned minimum wage hike Labour Minister Laurie Scott says the minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour rather than rising to $15 as planned by the previous Liberal government

Starbucks planning layoffs amid ‘significant changes’ to company’s structure The layoffs will start at top levels and the organizational changes will begin this week and continue into November

Thinking of transitioning your business?
We help small business and family business decipher where you are now, where you want to go and how to get there. For more information on how Vine + Partners can help with your business transition planning, please contact us:

The Hamilton Spectator

Empire Co. Ltd. says the acquisition, which values the Ontario-based chain of grocery stores at $800 million, includes 26 Farm Boy locations in the province and one in Hamilton.

Are you benefiting from tax free growth in your TFSA? With the contribution room from 2009 through to 2018, you can contribute up to 57,500 if you are a Canadian resident who is 18 years of age or older.

Charities should ensure that any donation receipts issued are fully compliant with tax rules. Failure to do so may result in the donor being denied a charitable donation if reviewed by CRA. Effective March 2019, charities and qualified donees must include the new website on all donation receipts.

Tax Tip — Ensure you are claiming your input tax credits in a timely fashion or risk losing them altogether. ITCs must be claimed within four years after the end of the reporting period in which they arise.

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The Manitoba government says it will spend up to $1.48 million to help the luxury jacket maker expand

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Changes to capital cost allowances are among the measures being considered

Do you have an employee cafeteria?
In March 2018 CRA stated that they do not consider meals subsidized by the employer to be a taxable benefit provided the employee pays a reasonable price. The price should be sufficient to cover the cost of the food, its preparation and service.

Amazon now world's 2nd company valued at a trillion dollars | CBC News Amazon has become the second publicly traded company to be worth $1 trillion US, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple.

Amid NAFTA uncertainty, Bank of Canada opts to keep interest rates right where they are | CBC News The Bank of Canada opts to keep its benchmark interest rate steady at 1.5 per cent as trade uncertainty stemming from NAFTA negotiations continues to weigh on the outlook.

Flying for business?
The CRA updated commentary on taxable benefits arising from air travel last spring. If a shareholder or employee takes a flight for business they would not be subject to a taxable benefit but if others take the same flight (such as a spouse or child) for purely personal purposes, the taxable benefit would be equal to the highest priced ticket available for an equivalent commercial flight for the accompanying individuals.

One of the most common audit issues is excluding taxable benefits and allowances from employment income. It’s important to stay current with rules and regulations and include those benefits to reportable income. If you need help understanding taxable benefits and allowances, contact us

Canada has a trump card to play in free trade talks — and it's one that could be a win for consumers | CBC News One concession Canada seems likely to make in the current round of free trade discussions with the U.S. and Mexico is on the level of duties that Canadians must pay when shopping online — and it's one where Canadian consumers could end up be happy with the result.

DSW Inc. to close Town Shoes brand and 38 stores in Canada by January | CBC News DSW Inc. says it will shutter its Town Shoes Ltd. brand and close all of its stores.

Is your will up to to date? A recent poll found that 51% of Canadians have no will, and only 35% have one that is up to date.

‘Decisive victory for competition’: Supreme Court won’t hear TREB appeal in real estate data case TREB maintained that publishing sales and other market information online violates client privacy

Back-to-School Checklist: College / University - Community

Here's to the 1.7 million students heading to Canadian university campuses this fall - best of luck! While some supplies are dependent on what program your son or daughter is enrolled in, there are some basics they will need.

Turn Business Succession into Success

The Hamilton Spectator

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will be in Hamilton this afternoon to take part in a meeting with local business leaders.

Financial Post

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is launching formal consultations on whether to impose unprecedented trade measures on steel imports. Here's why.

Have you revisited your tax affairs to ensure they are still effective in light of the new tax restrictions on small business and private corporations? If not, contact us for more information:

Whether you are planning to sell, merge, finance or grow through acquisition, the Chartered Business Valuators at Vine have the industry experience and specialized training to expertly value your business and to provide you with the market insight needed to gain an invaluable advantage during important negotiations. Visit

Today’s business environment requires and experienced team of Chartered Professional Accountants to help you cope with tax burdens and financial planning options that are becoming increasingly complex. We can help. Visit

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BREAKING! Historic moment

Planning has its rewards!
There are so many variables that affect your overall tax liability for the year. Being prepared with a plan will maximize opportunities to reduce your 2018 tax bill. Please feel free to contact us to determine what strategies you should implement now and throughout the year to minimize your tax liability. Visit

Co-op Meet + Greet at Vine and Partners LLP

Brock University Co-op Students are invited to meet senior leaders and discover the co-op opportunities available at Vine and Partners LLP. To register, apply online via Brock University CareerZone: Goodman Career (JobID#: 60537).

When is your financial independence day?
Your net worth is constantly fluctuating as you pay off your mortgage, increase savings, assume unforeseen debt, etc. We suggest you update your net worth on a semi-annual basis as this number is a powerful indicator of your entire financial picture (assets, liabilities, income, and expenses). By staying on top of your net worth you have a much better idea knowing when your financial independence day can come – where you no longer have to earn income.

Co-op Meet + Greet at Vine and Partners LLP
Brock University Co-op Students are invited to meet senior leaders and discover the co-op opportunities available at Vine and Partners LLP. To register, visit

Family's $500K inheritance seized at U.S. border | CBC News An Ottawa man acting as an executor of a will says TD Canada Trust gave him "faulty advice" to mail $500,000 in bank drafts to family members in the U.S. — a move that caught the attention of U.S. border officials, who seized the money. Executor David Saikaley worries the family may never see that...

The baby boom generation is heading for retirement and that’s creating many opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to purchase existing businesses. Are you ready to transition your business? We can help. Visit

Are you on track?
It’s a question many business owners are just too busy to spend enough time monitoring regularly. Rather than wait until year end, we suggest you meet with your CPA to review your financials on a quarterly basis and make any necessary adjustments to help reach your goals and/or reduce tax liability. We can help. Visit

Bank of Canada raises rates as Poloz’s tale of recovery from Great Recession finally starts coming true Kevin Carmichael: Beyond trade, the bigger story in decision is that most companies are responding to their order books rather than headlines in business pages

England’s unexpected success has delighted fans - leading to a boost for the economy as fans stock up on food, drink, memorabilia and TVs to watch matches on. The match will add £555 million of consumer spending to the economy before Wednesday night’s match, according to The Centre for Retail Research (CRR).

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The proposed transaction between TD and the Greystone will bring total assets under management at the bank to $393 billion

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