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Victoria, B.C – Norgaard Neale Camden Ltd., one of the largest locally owned and operated accounting firms in Victoria, B.C., has joined Collins Barrow. Now operating as Collins Barrow Victoria Ltd., the firm is part of an expanding network of 25 independent member firms across Canada.
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Chatham, ON – The Managing Partner of our Chatham-Kent office, Collins Barrow’s Bill Loucks, CPA, CA, CFP, has been appointed to the board of Highbank Resources Ltd. (TSX.V:HBK) of British Columbia, an aggregate exploration and development company. In addition to overseeing Chatham consulting services, Mr. Loucks brings more than 20 years of experience to the role as a former long-serving director of Collins Barrow’s National Board and of Chatham-Kent Hydro Inc
Toronto, ON – Collins Barrow Toronto launches its Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax recovery practice. Led by the firm’s newest director, Dale Wilson, the group is comprised of senior industrial engineering specialists and specialized tax accountants working to ensure companies maximize investment tax credit benefits.
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a government initiative intended to assist eligible Canadians with disabilities and their families in saving for their long-term financial security. It is effective for 2008 and later taxation years. Individuals who are disabled or have become disabled as a result of an accident may be in a position to take advantage of the RDSP.
A government-sponsored program, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) assists eligible Canadians in building long-term savings. Contributions to an RDSP qualify for matching government grants and bonds. With an RDSP, beneficiaries can realize a return on investment of up to 300 per cent.
Provinces have legislation that allows for the creation of not-for-profit entities to collect fees from owners of certain real property to pay expenses for the upkeep and maintenance of the property. These entities are often known as condominium corporations. The issue then arises as to whether or not GST/HST applies to the fees being charged.
Windsor, ON – Collins Barrow Windsor continues to build its R&D and Government Incentives practice with the addition of two new R&D and Incentives specialists. Joining as a senior manager, Mary Anne Maslanka comes with extensive expenditure claim management and tax expertise. As a manager, Craig Hoover brings deep scientific and technical knowledge that enables him to develop custom tax credit solutions for clients.
On June 30, 2014, officials with the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security commenced a cross-border information exchange initiative, whereby certain information on individuals crossing the border will now be shared between the countries’ border officials. Included in this shared information will be biographical data and the number of days spent in each country, which may be used by each country’s governmental departments to ensure compliance with, among other things, income tax, immigration and health care regulations.
A life interest in real estate provides an exclusive right to use a property during the lifetime of the holder of the interest. Often, an individual will incorporate a life interest on a transfer of a property by way of gift to a relative in order to ensure that the individual has use of the property during their lifetime, to know for certain who will own the property when they die, and to avoid probate fees upon death.
There comes a time eventually when every farm will need be sold. Often, farms are sold by the owner’s choice, upon retirement or to transfer to the next generation. In other cases the sale is forced, as in the case of death, disability or financial difficulty. Whether the sale is made to the neighbour down the road or to the farmer’s children, perhaps at less than fair market value, planning is necessary to ensure the sale takes place in a tax-efficient manner. A farm owner has several options.
Engineering & Mining Journal recently called on Collins Barrow to contribute to an article focused on mining in Ontario. Ben Gibbons, vice president of corporate finance at Collins Barrow Toronto, met with writers to discuss private equity within the context of Canadian mining.