February 16, 2017
Some taxpayers utilize corporate groups, which have been structured to multiply their access to the small business deduction (SBD). The SBD allows a company to pay a lower tax rate on the first $500,000 of income each year. Access to the SBD is sometimes limited as it must be shared by associated corporations and corporate partners. To avoid having to share the SBD, some businesses that naturally work in groups, have structured their affairs in a way that allows more than one $500,000 small business deduction. In reaction to this multiplication strategy, the government introduced legislation in the 2016 federal budget to end the effectiveness of such structures and, in effect, increase tax rates for companies in such groups.
January 19, 2017
In 2010, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario) was amended to include the definitions of workplace harassment and workplace violence, as well as associated requirements for employers. Prior to that, harassment fell under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and was limited to the prohibited grounds as defined by the OHRC. However, since 2010, employees have had another avenue to bring forward concerns about workplace harassment and violence: the OH&S Act.
January 10, 2017
As the baby boom generation ages, the balance of young and old is shifting, resulting in a disproportionate number of seniors. This is a new phenomenon, one that has made the complicated problems facing the elderly more prevalent than ever before. One area that is often overlooked when people consider caring for seniors is their financial needs and the ways that they are vulnerable to fraud. Committed by strangers, as well as unscrupulous friends and family members, this activity could include the illegal theft and misuse of a senior’s money or property and the concealing of assets that belong to the elderly individual. If you are a friend, family member or advisor assisting a senior, be sure to take the time to protect them from the many risks they are facing.
December 27, 2016
To me, inclusive leadership, means consensus building – so that every member of your team feels like they’re part of the process. But it’s never as simple as it looks. For instance, it can be easier to achieve consensus with just a few partners, but the bigger you get, the more difficult and time-consuming the process gets. With that in mind, here are some key lessons to remember when implementing inclusive strategies.
December 21, 2016
Historically, farmers running successful businesses have preferred buying equipment to leasing, as it allows them to own assets with value that they can sell in the future. Many farmers also believe there is a stigma associated with leasing, as it suggests that that they can’t afford to buy farm equipment and, therefore, don’t have a healthy farm. However, there are many overlooked advantages to leasing, rather than buying. For farmers who are struggling to obtain financing – or simply want to consider the alternatives – leasing is usually a viable option.
December 16, 2016
For multinationals with branches in both Canada and the United States, there’s one big tax challenge that’s impossible to ignore: U.S. tax rates are generally higher than Canadian tax rates. Companies wrestling with this issue are always looking for ways to reduce U.S. income and maximize Canadian income (within the existing rules), lowering their overall tax burden. Some strategies include financing, transfer pricing, inter-company charges, and reducing tax liability through tax planning. To make the most of these options, it’s important to take the following steps.
December 14, 2016
Whether looking for full or majority consensus, leaders know in theory that working closely with their team before making big decisions is more positive for both outcomes and work culture. Effective leaders rarely run a one-person show. With that in mind, it’s important that you train your team to develop realistic expectations about consensus as well as best practices on how to achieve it. These five guidelines can help you achieve the consensus you need, without overlooking your team’s greatest assets.
December 13, 2016
Every business owner should engage a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) because they are professionals specifically trained in the field of valuation. This gives them the skills necessary to appropriately consider all the nuances of your business, including the quantitative and qualitative factors that influence your value. However, it also helps if clients have some understanding of the relevant issues, as this puts them in a better position to get the answers they need. But before you can get those answers, you need to make sure you’re asking the right questions.
November 29, 2016
For farmers, the quota system is in place for supply-managed commodities. In Canada, that includes milk, eggs, chicken, turkey and hatching eggs. Essentially, you have to own a license to be able to sell any of those commodities. Under the current rules for corporate businesses (which are still in effect until January 1, 2017), half of the gain is tax-free and the other half is taxed like it’s business income. For the 50% that is taxed, you’d probably pay at a rate of 26.5% under the current rules (all rates in this post are Ontario rates). As of January 1, 2017, you will still pay tax on the same amount of income, but instead of it being considered active business income, it will be considered investment income. In light of these changes, here are a few issues farmers planning to sell quota should keep in mind.
November 22, 2016
Companies attempting to develop realistic, achievable strategies – and execute them – often rely on SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You want to mitigate your threats and take advantage of your opportunities, leverage your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Once you have identified those, you will make far greater progress toward defining your strategies. However, simply defining your strategies is only the first step. You also need to take measures to help your team execute on those strategies. Here are six steps to ensure that your strategies succeed.
October 24, 2016
As millennials have become a large part of the workforce, those of us in leadership positions are discovering new management strategies. For both succession planning and to create a work culture that keeps younger talent engaged, here are four key ways to ensure your millennial employees are ready for the future.
October 11, 2016
TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) is a governing body of the travel industry in Ontario. It’s a government organization that oversees Ontario travel agents and travel-related businesses. If you’re not registered with them, you’re not allowed to have a travel business in Ontario. Once your business is registered, you must present your financial statements to TICO once a year and meet certain financial requirements in order to retain this license.
September 14, 2016
There can be a significant amount of wealth tied-up in farm businesses—including partnerships and corporations—and there are opportunities in the succession process to distribute that wealth on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis. Much of this wealth is eligible for capital gains exemptions, allowing it to pass on to the next generation, so that they can continue farming without a heavy debt burden. If you’re in the process of planning the succession of your farming business, it’s important to consider taking advantage of gifting, as it allows you to apply tax benefits to farming assets.
September 13, 2016
Expanding your company’s operations into a different province or even country can be a significant step in your growth trajectory, but the process itself can be overwhelming.
September 12, 2016
Whether selling milk, eggs or other produce, farmers working in supply management use a quota system to take their product to market. Dairy farmers, for instance buy a quota, which then makes them eligible to produce a specified amount of milk.
August 16, 2016
If you are a Canadian planning to work abroad, you need to find out whether your residency will change, because if it does, it may affect your Canadian tax burden. Will you remain a Canadian resident during the period of your assignment or will you break Canadian residency? When you cease to be a Canadian resident, you normally aren’t subject to Canadian tax anymore. However, if you remain a Canadian resident during your assignment, you still have to file a Canadian tax return and will be subject to taxation on your worldwide income.
June 28, 2016
Preparing a succession plan for your farm is a complex undertaking that requires many types of expertise. It’s imperative that the advisors involved in the process – like an accountant, financial advisor, lawyer, family dynamics advisor and any other required expert – are all collaboratively on the same page, ensuring your plan a success.
May 27, 2016
Due to the complexity of government subsidy and funding programs and the many steps involved in applying for them, farmers don’t always take advantage of the opportunities available to them. In some cases, farmers who already rely on one program mistakenly believe that there’s nothing else out there for them. That may not be the case, however.
May 10, 2016
In any business, leaders must find ways to inspire their team to deliver desired results. While telling them what to do might seem easier, it’s far more effective to lead by example. You must exemplify the action and drive you want your team to embrace; in the process proving the strategies you’re employing actually work. Leading by example is about more than good practice though, it is also a chance to illustrate the values your employees need to invest in – such as honesty, integrity, trust and work-life balance – that will have a positive impact on all aspects of their lives. Here are three guidelines to follow when leading by example.
April 5, 2016
By Harry Blum
This is the second half of a two-part series exploring how to compete – and win – as a mid-market firm. Previously we outlined strategies to entice and engage top talent, who are key to expanding your business. Now, let’s discuss how to increase revenue.