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    Collins Barrow HMA LLP

    Collins Barrow HMA LLP and its predecessor firm have been providing professional services across Manitoba since 1957. In that time, the office’s staff contingent has grown significantly and we are proud to have built a group of talented, ambitious professionals who are passionate about what we do and committed to exceeding the expectations of clients.

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    Don’t dive into the shallow end of the TOSI income pool

    In recent Tax Alerts we discussed the tax on split income (TOSI), which limits income-splitting techniques involving private corporations by taxing amounts received at the highest marginal tax rate. The rules are complex and, to date, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has provided only limited guidance on their application.

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    Collins Barrow Vancouver, Wolrige Mahon & CW Group merge - now one of Collins Barrow’s largest firms

    Toronto, ON – Collins Barrow National is pleased to announce its latest Western expansion, with the merger of Collins Barrow Vancouver, Wolrige Mahon and CW Group. Together, they are forming a single, powerhouse audit, tax and specialty services firm. With offices situated in  Vancouver and Toronto, the new firm, Wolrige Mahon Collins Barrow (WMCB), will further enhance Collins Barrow’s long-standing coast-to-coast presence.

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    At the Collins Barrow Partners’ Conference, The Future is Now!

    Waterloo, ON – From September 20-24, Collins Barrow partners from across the country will gather in Chicago, Illinois to pave an exciting path forward at the network’s annual Partners’ Conference. This event empowers firms and individuals to build on past successes to engineer even greater value for clients and their teams.

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    Tax-deferred capital distributions from discretionary family trusts

    Discretionary family trusts are used extensively for tax, family and succession planning, as they afford enormous flexibility. In most cases, when such trusts are created, beneficiaries do not pay for their interest, and this assumption is made herein. Once a trust is settled, it will exist until all the assets are distributed to the beneficiaries and the trust is wound up. 

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    A timely wake-up call: the dangers of fraudulent phone calls

    Ottawa, ON – Fraudulent phone calls are on the rise and the people making these calls are using increasingly sophisticated methods to carry out their schemes. For example, the practice of spoofing phone numbers has allowed some perpetrators to give the impression they are calling from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or the RCMP, giving victims a false sense of security.

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    How to remain compliant when not acting at arm’s length

    For tax purposes, the Canadian Revenue Agency requires businesses to complete all transactions at fair market value, but some businesses find themselves making special arrangements with family, friends or others. By not acting at arm’s length, they may wind up with understated revenue, overstated expenses and/or unrecorded tax liabilities. Any error in this area is subject to reassessment, which can be an extremely expensive process.

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    Collins Barrow is expanding through Southwestern Ontario and across Canada

    TORONTO, ON, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 – Canada’s largest network of independent accounting, tax and specialty services firms is boldly expanding their reach across the country. Already, firms in Vancouver, Toronto and across Southwestern Ontario are set to join Collins Barrow National before year's end. Firm and location details will be shared through September and October 2018. Many of our incoming firms are major players in their markets, dedicated to extending their clients, partners and staff enhanced services, national resources and agility that can only be achieved via independent management.