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“All or substantially all” – A look at CRA’s political activities test

Given that the Minister of National Revenue is considering the results of the recent Consultation Panel on the Political Activity of Charities which provided suggestions on the political activities test it may be worthwhile to look at a specific aspect of the test which relates it back to the related business rules (and social enterprise). […]

 

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Trusted advisors and world-class internal auditors

I was recently privileged to receive a signed copy of Richard Chambers’ latest book, Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors. Richard is the President and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors, a veteran of internal audit at the highest level, a friend, and an individual with whom I love to debate the practices of internal auditing and risk management. (I hope I am influencing his views on the imminent update of the COSO ERM Framework.)

 

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Deloitte predicts change for Internal Audit

A new report from Deloitte has some interesting conclusions—plus predictable ones. 2016 Global Chief Audit Executive Survey: Internal Audit at a crossroads has some provocative content. Deloitte says there is a choice to be made: “Evolution or irrelevance”.

 

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Donor beware: Bolting the barn door after it’s burned to the ground

In a report entitled “Donor Beware”[1] the Tax Ombudsman opined on the CRA’s administrative responsibilities regarding charitable donation tax shelters. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the report is that it is dated March 19th, 2014, after years of legislative implementation of tools for the CRA to crack down on tax shelter promoters, charities, directors of charities and donors connected with such plans. As far as we can tell most offensive tax shelters seem to be shut down albeit leaving several large messes still to be cleaned up.

 

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Monitoring controls: The top ten tax controls

At year end, external auditors heading into the tax department do not generally rely on internal controls to reduce testing; a great deal of effort is focused on substantively testing the income tax balances on the financial statements. Tax processes are notoriously manual in nature with numerous adjustments required to manipulate general ledger information into useable tax information. We have compiled a list of the top ten tax controls every company should have in place with the emphasis (as expected) on monitoring controls.

 

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Enhancing quality and correcting the threat of intimidation in reporting obligations

To start the year with a challenge, perhaps consider this as one of your organization’s new year’s resolutions, addressing or correcting the threat of intimidation within reporting obligations inside your organization. What am I talking about? To illustrate,

 

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A new age of records retention: good policy more than worth the effort

There are a number of potentially troublesome issues associated with retaining records. For example: there are storage and privacy concerns; organizations must ensure they keep records secure in accordance with relevant privacy laws. At the same time, organizations might not have considered the self-incriminating information that records might hold, and they will want to ensure they don’t keep potentially incriminating records any longer than the law requires.

 

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International Financial Reporting Standards – it’s all about the details

At the end of September, the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation released an update to its Guide through International Financial Reporting Standards.

 

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