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    Technical Bulletin: November 2017

    Collins Barrow regularly publishes Technical Bulletin for the general interest of its clients and friends to highlight the continually changing accounting and assurance standards, and the interpretations thereof, in Canada. Since this is not intended to be a complete reproduction or summarization of the standard or document reviewed, we recommend that you refer to the original document(s) discussed in this Bulletin and/or discuss the matter with your professional advisor before acting upon any of the matters discussed herein.

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    3 key disclosure areas in your year-end financial statements

    If you are a controller or CFO preparing your year-end financial statements for shareholders, regulators and lending institutions, there are several disclosure items you should carefully consider. Over the last several years, accounting and securities regulatory bodies have had a great deal to say about this subject. The following three areas are especially significant.

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    Infographic: Keep your business safe from cybercrime

    The growth of digital technology has transformed and disrupted the world of business, introducing new possibilities along with an increase in cybercrime. Understanding the different threats that exist and building a robust IT infrastructure are essential to protecting your digital world.

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    Non-resident / U.S. companies doing business in Canada

    In many cases, foreign companies doing business in Canada are in need of additional expertise to effectively navigate the Canadian tax system. Specifically, U.S. companies find themselves confronting a tax environment that is very different from their domestic system. When doing business in Canada, here are some of the key tax considerations foreign companies should be prepared to navigate.

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    Changes proposed to taxation of private corporations and their shareholders

    On July 18, 2017, the federal government of Canada introduced proposals (“announcements”) curtailing the use of private corporations to gain tax advantages over other individuals in Canada who do not utilize such corporations. The proposals were positioned by the government as measures to ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share and the Canadian tax system is applied in a manner that is fair for all Canadians. If enacted as introduced, these proposals represent arguably the most significant changes to the taxation of private corporations in over 40 years. 

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    Pitfalls to consider in family business succession

    We have been hearing it for decades: 30 per cent of family firms survive to the second generation and only 10 per cent survive to the third generation. This statistic is generally cited without context, implying that family firms are the business organizations that are most likely to fail, but that assumption is incorrect. We know that family businesses facing succession are successful to begin with. Otherwise, they would not have been in business for so long, waiting for the next generation to take over.