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Social impact bonds – investing in communities

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are an innovative way for organizations to practice Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). Canada joins other jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, in investing in SIBs.

 

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Business tax information just got clearer!

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that it has redesigned the correspondence it sends to Corporations regarding their business tax information, including individual Canadians, and Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) notices of assessment (NOA) and notices of reassessment (NOR). The CRA has made changes to how the notices are structured, designed, formatted, and written, making the information easier to read and understand.

 

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Charitable gifting: Preparing for the big IF

It is one of the more interesting aspects of practising law that allows lawyers to consider the situation when two laws designed for different purposes intersect. Sometimes these differences can cause difficulties, but when used creatively they can be the key to solving difficult problems. One such intersection involves a gift given with a condition subsequent and the revocation tax.

 

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CRA announces software errors in charity’s annual information return

On January 29, 2014, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that due to a software error, they will be sending out a second annual information return package to charities subject to the Ontario Corporations Act .

 

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Private member’s Bill proposes an extension for the use of tax receipts

rrsp

Most Canadians are aware of the effect that RRSP contributions have on their taxes, and are aware of the deadline for making contributions each year. This is mostly due to the educational efforts of the banks and others that ‘sell’ RRSPs make each year – as the March 1st (or February 29th as the case may be) deadline approaches. The run for RRSPs each year illustrate that when Canadians understand the incentive system they are quite prepared to alter their behaviour to take advantage of it.

 

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The importance of internal controls when filing the annual T3010 information return

One look at the recent charity headlines should remind charities of the importance of internal controls when it comes to filing the annual T3010 information return (also known as a charity’s tax return).

 

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