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Fiscal year ends, business continuity, and COVID-19

At the best of times, fiscal year ends are challenging. Organizations with upcoming or recent fiscal year ends will undoubtedly find them particularly challenging. Organizations with robust policies and procedures will likely fare better than those without. Consequently, it will be helpful to start your year end planning as early as you can.

 

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The new Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return

In November 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revised Form T3010, to reflect recent changes in the law governing political advocacy. All registered charities and Registered National Arts Service Organizations (RNASOs) must complete a Form T3010 each fiscal year.

 

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First Reference annual holiday donation, season’s greetings and holiday break

From all of us at First Reference, we wish you a safe and happy holidays! At this time of year, we like to support organizations that are helping others.

 

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GAAP closes gaps in interpreting financial information

Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) closes gaps in interpreting financial information, by providing rules for the financial reporting road.

 

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First Reference annual holiday donation, season’s greetings and holiday break

Our office will be closed for the holidays at noon on December 24 and will reopen January 2, 2019. Also note that we will not be blogging during the holidays.

 

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Jeffrey Sherman to present at GTA Accountants Network | Early-bird rates, CPD hours

The GTA Accountants Network/Finance Network (GTAAN/GTAFN) and First Reference are presenting four special training sessions for CPD hours in November 2018 on governance, risk management, treasury management, effective internal controls and how best to deal with organizational disruption caused by new technologies, disintermediation and demographic changes.

 

Top 10 most-read Inside Internal Controls posts for 2017 and Season’s greetings

We are signing off with a list of the top 10 most-read Inside Internal Controls posts for 2017. This year on the Inside Internal Controls blog we’ve been covering some of the hot topics in internal controls, governance, information technology, not-for-profit, and business management among others. The top 10 most-read Inside Internal Controls posts for 2017 include:

 

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) updates for charities and other not-for-profits

Canada Revenue Agency recently released the following updates which are of interest to charities and other not-for-profits.

 

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Canada begins NAFTA consultations

These NAFTA consultations offer a significant opportunity for companies to have input on the primary drivers of their access to Canadian, US and Mexican markets. With the EU-Canada CETA coming into force in the coming months, Canada will be in the unique position of having preferential trading and investment relationships with the world’s two largest economies.

 

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Budget 2017 focus on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing

Given recent issues, it is no wonder that anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing (AML/ATF) received significant attention in this year’s federal budget (“Budget 2017”). Organizations can expect changes to the AML/ATF regime, and should monitor developments in this area.

 

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Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing developments

New anti-money laundering and terrorist financing guidelines by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) are now in force. FINTRAC recently released new guidelines in respect of politically exposed persons and Heads of International Organizations. The Guidelines were effective June 17, 2017, and complement new regulatory provisions which came into force on June 17, 2017, under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.

 

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Investment Canada Act pre-merger review threshold increases to $ 1 billion

Canada’s planned increase to the generally applicable threshold for “net benefit” reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) from $800 million to $1 billion became effective June 22, 2017. The new threshold, should have the effect of exempting most investments or dispositions by WTO investors from the “net benefit to Canada” review process under the ICA.

 

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Ontario Introduces Bill 142, Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017: It’s much more than just liens!

On May 31, 2017, Ontario Attorney-General Yasir Naqvi introduced Bill 142, entitled “Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017”. The Bill follows upon a report commissioned by the Ontario government and prepared by Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel entitled “Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act”. If enacted, the proposed legislation will introduce what is arguably the most sweeping set of changes that the Canadian construction industry has ever seen.

 

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CRA’s Report on the Charities Program 2015-16

In January 2017, the CRA released its Report on the Charities Program 2015–2016, which provides interesting insights into Canada’s charitable sector. A common thread weaving through issues related to obtaining and maintaining charitable status is the need to create, maintain, and report/file information required by the Charities Directorate and the Income Tax Act.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger: Nate Vickery

We are very pleased to announce that Nate Vickery will be blogging regularly on Inside Internal Controls!

 

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