My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humour/sarcasm. You've been warned. Please note the blog posts are time sensitive and subject to changes in legislation or law.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Income Tax Resources

I know this is the best written, wittiest and most informative tax blog you could read, but I figured today I would give the other guys some notice :). Seriously now, here are some other great income tax related resources you may want to check out:


Blogs and Websites

Below are some excellent websites and blogs. I am sure there are many more blogs and websites with great information, however, either I am not aware of them or do not access them often; so if you are not listed below, do not send me a hate email.

Tax - This is probably the best tax resource in Canada. This is not a blog in the typical sense, but more of a resource centre.

Moodys Gartner Tax Law - This is one of my favourite tax blogs. Some topics may be a bit technical, but very well written and great info for any tax junkie.

Canadian Tax Resource - Written by Dean Paley, CGA, CFP, who now posts on his own site. The Canadian Tax Resource blog is really a historical resource at this point, as Dean does not blog here anymore. However, the older posts often show up when I search a tax topic.

John Loukidelis Professional Corporation – Written by tax lawyer John Loukidelis, who wrote a long-running blog at his prior law firm. His blogs tend to be a bit technical, but he has some great information for those who are willing to read technical material.

Tax Enforcement Agencies

Canada Revenue Agency - I must say, the CRA does a very good job with their site. There is lots of information and it is usually fairly easy to read. Although, keep in mind; these are the CRA views, which are not necessarily always the view of the courts.

Internal Revenue Service - This site is more technical and not as user friendly as the CRA’s site; but if you have U.S. tax issues, it is a very good resource.

Estate Planning

Estate Law Canada - The person behind this blog is Lynne Butler an estates lawyer. Very readable and informative.

Toronto Estate Law Blog - Written by the estate lawyers at Hull and Hull LLP.

E$tate Debate - Written by various experts in the estate and trust fields.

Tax Treaties

Tax treaties  - A useful site if you want to know the withholding tax rate of foreign sources of income.

Large Accounting and Law Firm Websites


The following are links to the tax publications by some of the "big boys' of the accounting and legal world.

Thorsteinssons LLP


Unlike many people, I only follow a small number of people on Twitter. Here are the Twitter handles of the tax people I follow, some already noted above:

1. @moodysgartner - Moodys Gartner Canadian and US tax lawyers and Chartered Accountants discuss tax strategies and tax issues.
2. @JamieGolombek – Managing Director, Tax and Estate Planning at CIBC Private Wealth Management and well known tax columnist for the National Post writes about all things tax & estate.
3. @Xyste – Tax lawyer Greg Ducharme
4. - Canadian tax, financial and investing info, tax and other calculators, tables of tax rates/tax credits.
5. @IRSnews -IRS news and guidance for the public, the press and practitioners.
6. @CanRevAgency - Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax and benefits programs, and ensures compliance with Canada’s tax laws
7. @WayneBewick -U.S. Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant specialising in U.S. and Canadian tax services.
8. @DeanPaleyCGACFP - Accountant & Financial Planner.


The two best known tax columnists are Jamie Golombek with the National Post and Tim Cestnik with the Globe and Mail.

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  1. Got something against Evelyn Jacks? :)

    1. Hey Robb:

      I hope all is well.

      Ha Ha. I have nothing against Evelyn. Although I obviously know of her through her books and the mainstream media, I was not even aware she had a blog until you had me just look. I never really noticed bloggers referencing her blog in Friday roundups, which is where I found many bloggers in the first place.

      My apologies to Ms. Jacks and the many others I probably missed out on.

  2. This is very informative post. I like it.

  3. This is great, thanks! Especially agreed that is a great resource. Just their tax rate tables have probably cumulatively saved me hours. Even though I'm sure the same info is available on CRA's site, I highly doubt it's in such a useful and easy to find format. Their calculators are great too.

  4. Internal Revenue Agency? lol

    Quit your day job... that's just sad.