Recent Publications

Recent Publications

June 15, 2018 by Peter Hobb

Important issues in family succession of farm operations

When planning for the succession of your farm operation to the next generation, several important issues can arise. Some of the key issues include how the goals and objectives of key stakeholders align with your goals, how you will be spending your time in retirement, ensuring you have adequate financial resources in retirement and how to divide assets among your children, some of whom may not wish to be involved in the farm operation. There are many issues, and they will vary depending on your particular circumstances.

June 11, 2018 by Heather Milburn

Approaching process improvement

Our lives and the world around us are in a constant state of change. Why then, do so many organizations struggle to make time for continuous process improvement? There are a lot of programs and tools out there – including Six Sigma, Lean, Kanban, 5 S’s, Kaizen and TQM – so it is easy to get overwhelmed. However, you do not need your staff to have months of training to enjoy the benefits of continuous improvement. While many organizations have reaped the benefits of in-house continuous improvement programs, a great deal can be gained from a quick and easy review process.

May 16, 2018 by Ben Berci

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.

May 1, 2018 by Gerry Riskin

The immutable laws of law firm success

When Edge International was formed, I was optimistic that by this century we could all make the following statement – and it would be true:

Dateline 21st Century: Most professional firms today and their practice groups are led by individuals who have not only mastered practice skills but are equally adept in organizational behaviour. They understand group dynamics and the art of facilitation. They conduct highly effective meetings, coach individuals to achieve their personal best performances, and create an environment in which professionals thrive[...]

April 24, 2018 by Mario Patenaude, Tammie M. Sorensen

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.

April 13, 2018 by Sameer Noormohamed

New QST registration requirements for non-resident suppliers

On March 27, 2018, the Quebec budget introduced a specified registration system for Quebec Sales Tax (QST) purposes for non-resident suppliers that make taxable supplies through e-commerce channels to recipients located in Quebec.

March 28, 2018 by Tom Hunt

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.

March 14, 2018 by Martha MacRae, Todd King

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.

March 13, 2018 by Sean Kelly, Jason Melo

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). 

March 2, 2018 by Denver Nicklas

The capital gains exemption: beware of in-law quirks

In Canada, qualified farmland can be transferred from one generation to the next for any dollar amount between cost and fair market value (FMV) at the time of the transfer. Any capital gain triggered by the transfer is covered by the capital gains exemption (up to $1,000,000 for farmland), assuming the land is qualified farm property.

February 27, 2018 by John Oakey

How will the new Passive Investment Income rules actually affect CCPCs?

OTTAWA, ON – After months of public consultation, speculation and concern, the rules regarding Passive Investment Income have finally been unveiled. In today’s 2018 Federal Budget release the government announced that passive investment income over a certain limit will now reduce a Canadian-controlled private corporation’s (CCPC) small business deduction.

February 27, 2018

Commentary

The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, today tabled his third budget – “Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class” – which supports the Government’s people centered approach. 

The highly anticipated budget released draft legislation related to passive income – the topic that has been on the minds of business owners, investors, and advisors since the July 18, 2017 Finance release which first introduced the subject.  The budget does not propose changes to tax rates at the business or personal level. The budget focused on five key spending areas – growth, progress, reconciliation, advancement and equality.

February 26, 2018 by Marlin Miller

Expand your structuring options: consider a limited partnership

While partnerships have existed for as long as people have been in business, their use in Canada has been relegated largely to certain industries and tax situations. The rules governing partnerships legally and under the Income Tax Act (the Act) generally are not as well defined or understood as those for corporations. However, given the increasing complexity of the corporate tax regime – especially for private corporations – partnerships can be flexible, practical alternatives to structuring many businesses. This is particularly true of limited partnerships.

January 5, 2018 by Marlin Miller

Infographic: The new rules of the road

On Dec. 13, 2017, Finance Canada released Amendments to the Income Tax Act and Regulations and Explanatory Notes, simplifying measures to restrict income sprinkling. This infographic will focus on the changes to the July 18 proposals, exclusions, reasonableness test and a brief update on the status of the proposed measures related to passive investments. 

December 21, 2017 by Kevin Tippett

Personal U.S. tax changes

*Updated January 9 2017

On November 2, 2017, the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives released a tax reform bill entitled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since then, the House and Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Conference Committee released its final version of the legislation that is expected to become law in the coming days. It is the most comprehensive U.S. tax reform in more than 30 years.