On March 17, 2016, the Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão, tabled the 2016-2017 Quebec Budget.
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.
Designing internal controls for a small business or organization is a difficult task for management and/or the board to undertake. There are some that say it cannot be done because there are too few employees in the organization. We disagree. It can be done with a bit of forethought about the design of the workflow that needs to be accomplished. To begin the process, consideration needs to be given to the four major components of internal controls: control environment, risk assessment, technology and monitoring.
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As a leading mid-market firm, we have been serving the Montréal business community for more than 70 years. From real estate to manufacturing, import/export and high-tech to retail and the service industry, we have experience in virtually every sector of the Canadian economy. Committed to professionalism and excellence in personalized service, we adapt to the changing needs of every client. Quite simply, we put our clients first.
Leamington, ON - After more than 35 years of business in its current location, Collins Barrow Leamington is opening a new office. Having outgrown the 4,100 square feet at 92 Talbot Street East, the firm’s 17 staff members and four partners are upgrading to a 7,000 square foot facility at 203 Talbot Street West, adjacent to Leamington Medical Village
On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS issued proposed regulations which govern whether certain related-party debt instruments will be classified as either debt or equity for U.S. federal income tax purposes. These rules are designed to prevent the excessive shifting of profits between related entities by way of interest charges on related-party debt instruments.
Courtice, ON - On Wednesday, September 14, Collins Barrow Durham will host Durham Exports (www.durhamexports.com), a conference on building business opportunities and growth through exporting. This is a rare opportunity for business leaders to enjoy a day of intensive networking and learning.
Are you a minority shareholder in a private firm? Owning and selling shares can be slightly more complex than you realize. From buying or selling shares and handling disputes with majority shareholders, to understanding the true financial value of your shares (hint: it may not be what you think), as well as the tax implications, here is what you need to know.
How saving $20K nearly cost this taxpayer $2.7 million!
It seems that every day now there is an article of some sort addressing aggressive tax structures, often utilizing offshore entities, and the ramifications of (implied) inappropriate, underlying transfer pricing policies. Recently, this has clearly been due to the news of the “Panama Papers” disclosure or, more generally over the past couple of years, the result of the recently finalized Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project reforms published by the Organisation for Economic Co-oporation and Development.
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A common question that we often get as farm tax advisors is whether or not farm property can be transferred to the next generation by way of a gift. This topic is becoming more and more important as nearly half of all farmers in Canada are 55 years of age or older and are preparing themselves for succession. Succession planning is the most discussed topic between farmers and their tax advisors. Contributing to this dilemma is that rising land values is creating significant amounts of wealth and making life difficult for the farmers to equalize their estates when there are active and non-active children involved in the farming business. Succession has become much more difficult, and a traditional solution of life insurance and non-farm assets may not be enough to equalize the estate.
The past several years have been a wild ride for many U.S. taxpayers (and tax practitioners), in particular for those residing outside of the country. While there are a surprising number of U.S. persons still grappling with becoming compliant, in general, the progression to considering expatriation has been somewhat predictable, as follows.