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    Welcome to Collins Barrow

    Known for our responsiveness and aggressively entrepreneurial culture, we are the eighth largest public accounting network nationally by revenue. Our over 1340 professional and support staff and more than 235 partners and principals provide a full range of audit, tax and advisory services to private and public companies through our regional offices from coast to coast.
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    The elimination of billed-basis accounting for professionals

    Work in progress (WIP), work performed but not yet billed, is a ubiquitous aspect of business for professionals. Under the Income Tax Act, WIP is deemed to be inventory. Since inventory is carried at the lesser of cost or fair market value (FMV), businesses typically carry WIP at cost on their balance sheets.

    Professionals, such as accountants, dentists, doctors, veterinarians and others, can deduct the WIP in calculating their income for tax purposes. Budget 2017 proposes to change that.

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    2017 Ontario Budget Commentary

    Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the Ontario Budget on April 27, 2017.

    The deficit for the 2016-17 fiscal year is projected to be $1.5 billion, with a balanced budget projected for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

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    2017 Federal Budget: GST/HST on ride-sharing services

    The 2017 Federal Budget proposes to amend the definition of a “taxi business” in the Excise Tax Act (ETA) effective July 1, 2017, to ensure that ride-sharing services, such as Uber, share the same GST/HST consequences as taxi services. The proposed amendments would require all Uber drivers to register for GST/HST purposes and to charge GST/HST on their fares.

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    Employee stock options: do we have an agreement?

    In the fall of 2015, the Liberal government threatened to end the preferential tax treatment for certain employee stock options. But after much opposition, Finance Minister Morneau eventually backed off. In 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency issued comments on those rules, following up on the Tax Court’s decision in Transalta v. The Queen (2012 TCC 86).     

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    A little free advice: encourage your auditor to speak freely

    Having led over 1,000 audits of almost every shape and size, I often find myself in possession of extremely confidential and sensitive client financial information. This position of privilege occasionally provides me with a glimpse into a cross-section of some of the most successful (and sometimes unsuccessful) businesses in Canada each and every year. It is from this vantage point that I am offering a little free advice from a simple auditor to any client or potential client.

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    CB partner appointed to the AcSB’s Agriculture Advisory Group

    Elora, ON – CB Guelph Wellington Dufferin partner Tom Blonde has been appointed to the AcSB's Agriculture Advisory Group (AAG). The AcSB is an independent body with the authority to establish accounting standards for use by all Canadian entities outside the public sector. The AcSB serves the public interest by establishing standards for financial reporting by all Canadian private sector entities and by contributing to the development of internationally accepted financial reporting standards.

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    Revenue recognition for construction contracts under IFRS 15

    The timing of revenue recognition may need to change in the near term for a construction entity preparing IFRS financial statements. Specific accounting guidance on construction contracts contained in IAS 11 Construction Contracts is replaced effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published a new standard, IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15). IFRS 15 sets out requirements for recognizing revenue that apply to all contracts with customers. 

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    Splitting up a farm corporation

    The time may come for operators of a farm corporation to split up as a corporate entity. Family members who have farmed together may desire independence, or they may want to segregate aspects of their operations into multiple separate corporations. Siblings who have farmed together for years may decide to go their separate ways as either part of succession planning for their children or simply a desire to farm on a stand-alone basis. A portion of the operations may also be spun out of the corporation in order to maintain the corporation’s status as a “family farm corporation.” While operations such as a grain elevator or a custom spraying machine may be related to farming, if these assets are not used principally in a farming business they could put the farm offside of the definition of a share of the capital stock of a family farm corporation. 

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    Collins Barrow Tax Tips

    Whether you’ve got a personal or corporate tax question – related to financial matters at home or abroad – our experts have got plenty of tips to share with you. Check back often as we’re always releasing new videos!

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    Infographic: The pros and cons of incorporation

    If you are a doctor or dentist who is considering incorporating, it is important to know when it’s appropriate to take this step. Could income-splitting, the tax deferral and the capital gains exemption have a positive effect on your savings? Not everyone is in a position to benefit from these opportunities, but if the examples outlined in this infographic apply to your practice, incorporating could be right for you.

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    CB Toronto supports historic global flight

    Toronto, ON – Collins Barrow Toronto is pleased to announce their support of the C150 Global Odyssey (C150GO). With a passion for aviation, adventure and their home country, Canadian father-son team Bob and Steven Dengler set out with C150GO on Canada’s first around-the-world helicopter flight. As an added distinction, they are also the first-ever father-son global circumnavigation team. The Canadian crew will fly a Canadian-made Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter over 37,000 km in just over one month. Starting in Ottawa on July 1, 2017 and zigzagging the globe, the crew will visit more than 100 airports in 14 countries as they travel the world.