Canada Revenue Agency

COVID-19 UPDATE: Filing deadline extensions announced for corporations, trusts

UPDATE: On the heels of the federal government’s announcement this week of penalty deferrals for late T1 filings—which came in addition to a previous extension of the 2019 tax filing deadline to June 1, 2020, all to help Canadians impacted by COVID-19—Ottawa is also granting filing deadline extensions for certain corporations and trusts. Corporations that […]

COVID-19: New Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy updates

The federal government has provided a series of updates and clarifications regarding deduction considerations and qualification eligibility for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, a program designed to encourage employers to retain workers or re-hire those that have been laid off due to COVID-19. The updates are available on the program’s FAQ page and are in […]

Boardroom

Want to maximize bottom line results? Minimize employee turnover

Hidden business costs can compromise the financial success of any mid-sized company. Manufacturing inefficiencies, retail shrinkage, service delivery cost over-runs, expensive overhead such as posh office spaces or first-class flights for business executives. They all add up and pull down profits. But few costs have as great an impact on an organization’s long-term success as […]

Why it makes sense for young accountants to consider working for a mid-sized firm

This is the time of year when the latest cohort of new accountants has graduated from their undergraduate programs and begins plotting the journey to a long and meaningful career. It’s also when we’re often approached by young professionals—including some of our future interns and hires—curious about what comes next and how best to steer […]

AI will revolutionize accounting, but not in the ways you might expect

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. In the news, on the minds of CEOs, in blogs such as this one. Canadian entrepreneurs are actively working to determine to what degree this burgeoning technology will impact their organizations and industries—and how they should be responding. That answer will vary depending on the sector, but in finance, we’re […]

Updated–The great entrepreneurial debate: whether to buy or lease a company vehicle

As Chartered Professional Accountants, the most common two questions we’re asked by clients is whether they should buy or lease a car, and whether they should buy personally or under their company name. Inevitably our answer has been, “It all depends.”  How long do you plan to hold on to the car?  Do you have […]

Chinese authorities step up personal income tax enforcement

As Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig linger in detention in China, Canadian entrepreneurs would be excused for being more than a little anxious about doing business in the Middle Kingdom due to the current geopolitical tensions between our two countries. You’ll recall that the Sino-Canadian clash first emerged with the detention of Huawei Technologies […]

Ontario budget 2019: Key highlights

With the first budget of its majority mandate, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government delivered a moderated strategy for achieving budgetary balance, while largely maintaining—and in the case of education and health care, even increasing—current program spending levels. In the months leading up to the budget, the government had already delivered on several campaign promises that […]

SNC-Lavalin and the sometimes murky ethics of doing business abroad

If the federal Liberals’ SNC-Lavalin scandal has taught us anything, it’s that doing business overseas—particularly in developing countries—isn’t always as simple and straightforward as it is in Canada. As you likely know, the SNC-Lavalin matter erupted into a national scandal when officials in the Prime Minister’s Office—and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself—were accused of pushing […]

Changes to Quebec Sales Tax rules put collection onus on digital service providers

If doing business in Quebec was already tricky for companies residing outside of La Belle Province, it’s now become even more complex thanks to important amendments to provincial tax legislation. Many organizations would be forgiven for missing changes to the Act Respecting the Quebec Sales Tax, which took effect on January 1, 2019. The amendments […]