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BEYOND THE NUMBERS

The Ken Yao Company offers a different approach to chartered accountancy.

We are solutions-driven group, focused on providing insight and value beyond just the immediate accounting needs. We believe that knowing our clients better allows us to offer that better service - service beyond the numbers.

For that reason, we schedule regular check-ins, to plan, to review opportunities and threats, and to provide ongoing advice as the financial picture evolves.

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Our Services

Accountancy

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The rules are constantly evolving in the world of corporate and personal taxation. To be effective, a chartered accountant has to be on top of developments and be empowered to help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape. When we are this invested, we're at our most effective.

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In addition to our proactive tax planning advisory, we offer a complete range of Chartered Accountancy services, from streamline accounting and reporting processes and improving internal controls, to financial forecasting, cash flow and budget analysis. Getting to know a client on this level gives us a clearer view of the situation, which allows us to provide ever more useful recommendations to increase your profitability and financial security.

  • Assurance: review engagement
  • Compilation: Notice to Reader financial statements
  • Business consulting and advisory services
  • Monthly bookkeeping, GST, PST, Payroll, and remittance services
  • Comprehensive taxation planning
  • Advising on the CRA income tax, GST, and payroll audits
  • Corporate tax returns preparation (SR&ED claims and Apprenticeship tax credit applications)
  • T3, T4 and T5 returns preparation
  • Personal tax returns preparation (including T1135 foreign property reporting)

How we improve ourselves:

  • Professional development courses
  • Tax research and major tax conferences
  • Routine meetings and discussions with other top-notch Chartered Professional Accountants, lawyers, branding/marketing specialists, and other professionals.

We’ll get to know your business or tax situation inside and out, and take the pain out of the equation.

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Business
Development

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Looking to take a proven business to the next level? We can provide the seasoned guidance, financial planning and risk management that will drive manageable growth. Issues of incorporation, capital structure and financial management – we specialize in these.

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As a result of our business and community connections, we also bring local market expertise to business development, whether that’s making the right introduction or finding out where the best values are to be found.

Our services include:
  • Business consulting and planning
  • Due diligence service for business acquisition
  • Office lease and purchase
  • Special consulting in relation to BC PNP business purchase and sale
  • GST, PST, and payroll registration and set up for best practice
  • Risk Management and monitoring
  • Budgeting, cash flow projection and project cost analysis

Of equal importance to our skills is our commitment. We will provide ongoing advisory for any issues or developments as they arise. We’re invested in the success of our clients and we’ll be a proactive business development partner.

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Planning
for New Immigrants

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Every year, hundreds of families move to Victoria for a better life. For many, Victoria is their introduction to Canada. Navigating a new country is daunting. Beyond the language challenges and lack of a network, there are the policies and tax laws and regulations to wrap your head around.

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The Ken Yao Company can make the process much less painful. We’ll be your experienced and knowledgeable local guide. From employment opportunities to real estate, from business creation to investment strategies, we’ll help you to get established in your new country, and your new home city.

Here’s what we can help with:

  • Real estate purchase advisory
  • Business startup and development
  • Local area knowledge and expertise
  • Investment and wealth management strategies
  • New immigrants tax compliance, tax planning, and foreign properties reporting
  • Non-resident tax compliance and clearance certificate application

We provide service in both English and Mandarin, and offer true cross-cultural expertise. We want your move to Victoria to get off to the best possible start, wherever you’re coming from.

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Here's how we work

We take a systematic approach to client service, which we believe creates a more consistent level of service and ensures no opportunity is missed.

 

Comprehend + Comprehend —

We study your current business or personal situation and ask the important questions. This gives us the deep understanding we require.

Analyze + Analyze —

We do our research, investigate the options, break big issues down into more manageable sizes – and then prepare a plan.

Execute + Execute —

We walk you through the plan and solicit your feedback. Once we are all on the same page, we put the plan into action and monitor the roll-out.

Evaluate + Evaluate —

We evaluate developments as the plan is carried out and keep you informed, so you can focus on other responsibilities.

Advise + Advise —

We meet regularly to report on existing initiatives, provide advice, and learn what new opportunities or challenges need to be analyzed.

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About the Company

Our company was launched in Victoria, BC in 2014. We come from the world of mainstream chartered accountancy, but we see a need for a new approach to the value a CPA can bring. We embrace a spirit of differentiation in everything we do. 

We are committed to turning convention on its head if doing so serves our clients’ interests better.

For our personal and corporate clients, this means more than just touching base once a year at tax time.

Because of this more regular exposure, businesses can use us as a sounding board as well as an advisor. We are always looking for ways to put our experience and expertise to work for our clients.

The Ken Yao Company is not here to change the game, just the way the game is played.

We're located at 1521 Amelia Street in downtown Victoria, BC.

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About Ken

Ken graduated on the Dean's list from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. He earned his Chartered Accountant designation and completed the Institute of Chartered Accountants' In-depth Tax Program while articled with one of the medium-sized CPA firms in Victoria, BC. He is currently a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

An entrepreneur at heart, Ken takes a practical approach to problem solving and shares his valuable resources and connections with his clients, ensuring that they are well taken care of on all fronts. 

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In 2014, he decided to start his own chartered accountancy practice and put those thoughts into action.

He has completed the rigorous two-year in-depth tax course with the Canadian Institution of Chartered Accountants, which allows him to offer an exceptional level of tax expertise. One of his specialties is in the area of tax advisory for United Nations (UN) retirees in Canada. Since 2009, he has also been a CAFICS listed tax advisor in Canada.

Ken’s local connections make him a valuable resource for new immigrants. Ken takes a practical approach to problem solving. He makes his valuable resources and connections available to his clientele, ensuring they are well taken care of on all fronts. He has an impressive track record helping companies navigate crisis to arrive at success. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Ken lives in Victoria with his wife and their young child.

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The Team

The Ken Yao Company team combines experience and enthusiasm in equal measure. We pride ourselves on the high level of service we deliver to our clients.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Regina, Tyler began pursuing his Chartered Accountant’s designation. He articled with Collins Barrow’s Yorkton...

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office, gaining a wide variety of expertise across a breadth of public accounting areas, such as assurance, corporate accounting and personal taxes. Tyler strives to turn every client’s unique business challenges into their competitive edge. When he is not in the office, he can be found cycling on Victoria’s many trails, enjoying a pick-up hockey game with friends, or enjoying a good book.

TYLER SIMINGTON, CPA, CA

Haiping graduated from Shanghai University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and initially taught mathematics. But after moving to North America more than 10 years ago, she pursued a career in professional accounting.

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As a senior accountant in our office, Haiping brings immeasurable value to our clients through her extensive international experience in operational accounting and financial risk management. Off work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

HAIPING YU, B.E.

Lynne graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance. Before joining our firm, she managed the internal accounting and administration for a Canadian high-tech company’s branch in China. Lynne’s strong work...

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ethics have earned the respect from our team as well as our clients. With her exceptional skills in accounting and computer software, she is not only our staff accountant but also our IT guru, ensuring the technologies we adopt are always ahead of the game.

LYNNE LI, B.Com

A recent graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Nicole is passionately pursuing a career in professional accounting. She is at the final stage of completing her CPA...

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prerequisites and preparing for the rigorous CPA professional training. As one of our staff accountants, she is able to convert all her training and recent learning into exceptional service to our clients. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys watching movies and playing with her pets, a tiny poodle and a cat.

NICOLE ZHU, B.Sc

Katarina earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Economics and Business from the University of Victoria and is now pursuing a Post Degree Diploma in Accounting. Her diligence at work, coupled with her friendliness in...

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communications, makes her a valuable point of contact for our clients. Team members and clients alike love the positive energy she brings to our office. Katarina currently manages our office administration and helps support many of our accounting services. During her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing.

 KATARINA HEDLER, B.A.

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FIND US IN VICTORIA
1521 Amelia St. Victoria, BC, V8W 2K1
(get directions)
HOURS:
Mon to Fri: 9am — 5pm
Weekends: Closed