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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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    Updated Voluntary Disclosures Program

    Audits and assessments undertaken by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that uncover errors or omissions by a taxpayer can lead to significant penalties. These penalties can range from a percentage of unpaid taxes to fixed monthly penalties, up to $2,500 per incident, in the case of late-filed information forms. In severe cases, criminal charges and jail time could result.

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    Re-examine your assumptions with timely legal advice

    Whether navigating power, management, PR or technological advancement, law firms should always be willing to re-examine their assumptions. These four articles offer everything you need to embrace change and enjoy continued success.

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    Modern leadership qualities you need to succeed

    There’s a war for talent all over the world. Baby Boomers are rapidly retiring, and we have a severe labour shortage in Canada. As a result, the new generation of younger employees is becoming more and more empowered. They can decide where they work, when they work, how long they work, what they wear to work and how much you pay them to work.

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    Collins Barrow SNT continues Secondary School Bursary Program

    SUDBURY, ON – Collins Barrow SNT LLP (CBSNT) is proud to announce the continuation of its Secondary School Bursary Program, an initiative to support students interested in pursuing post-secondary education in accounting. As part of the continuation, the firm has pledged 11 additional $500 bursaries for students in the surrounding area.

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    U.S. Tax Reform Punishes U.S. Citizens Abroad

    From a taxation perspective, the period from July 2017 to February 2018 has been one of the most tumultuous in recent history for Canadian private company owners. For those who also have the privilege of being U.S. citizens or resident aliens, things have gotten downright ludicrous. In a rush to pass into law the most sweeping tax reform in a generation, U.S. lawmakers have stuck U.S. citizens resident in Canada with retroactive, double taxation, the elimination of much of the tax deferral previously available in their companies, a looming April 17th payment deadline and virtually no rules or regulations to guide them through the chaos.

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    Transferring farm property from partnerships to individuals

    Inter-generational farm transfers are common as succession plans. When parents transfer farms to their kids, they have rights that other business owners do not have. For example, if a farm or fishing property meets the criteria for a favourable intergenerational transfer, they can transfer at less than fair market value. However, many farming operations function as unincorporated partnerships, which can lead to complications. Typically, this is a mom and dad type scenario, where both parties are individuals farming multiple pieces of land, and they want to transfer one piece to the next generation.

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    Preventing labour code changes from killing your business

    It is clear to business leaders, either motivated by profit or not, that government and its legislation will continue to make it increasingly challenging to run a profitable or financially viable not-for-profit venture. These legislative changes, most recently dealing with taxation and labour, will negatively impact the bottom line.

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    Further elimination of the small business tax deferral

    After months of speculation regarding the taxation of passive investment income earned by private corporations, the Minister of Finance tabled Budget 2018 on February 27, 2018. The budget includes a measure to further limit the small business deduction as a result of a perceived tax deferral advantage when passive investment income is earned inside private corporations.

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    Should you be registered for Canadian GST/HST?

    Foreign companies, individuals and organizations who provide goods and services to customers in Canada should consider whether their business activities in Canada invoke a requirement to register for the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST). 

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    The tax implications of cryptocurrency

    Although cryptocurrencies have existed since Bitcoin emerged in 2009, this medium of exchange has experienced a massive surge in popularity in recent months. Offering a wide range of opportunities (and risks), cryptocurrencies have inspired a great deal of confusion due to their unique properties.