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Ways to maintain proper books and records

A recent Tax Court of Canada (“TCC”) decision, Promised Land Ministries v. The Queen[1], serves as a reminder to charities of the importance of maintaining proper books and records.

 

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Prompt payment legislation in British Columbia: Long overdue?

The federal government and several provinces have now each proposed or enacted legislation to create “prompt payment” regimes for construction projects.

 

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Ten tips to a better month-end close

A better month-end close is possible. Like clockwork, a calendar month ends and in honour of this unchangeable fact, you must update the general ledger and prepare financial statements and management reports. The practical tips below can reduce stress, shorten the month-end cycle, increase accuracy and otherwise improve month-ends:

 

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Post-filing suppliers do not implicitly benefit from any priority on the proceeds of sales of assets in CCAA proceedings

The Québec Court of Appeal confirmed that unpaid post-filing suppliers, which had neither sought a court-ordered charge to secure their post-filing claims nor availed themselves of their right to stop supplying goods or services to the debtor, cannot claim an implicit priority on the proceeds of sales of assets in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings.

 

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Federal prompt payment legislation passed

The Federal Prompt Payment Act was first introduced into the House of Commons on April 8, 2019, as part of the larger budget Bill C-97 (Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1).

 

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Court has no appetite to pierce corporate veil in restaurant lease decision

Corporate directors and officers may generally only be held personally liable for misconduct on the part of the corporation in limited circumstances where there has been improper or fraudulent conduct.

 

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Revenue cycle risks and controls: Essential questions you should ask about your company’s sales and receivables

The importance of finance and accounting controls goes far beyond complying with legal requirements. In fact, revenue cycle controls are perhaps the most important component of an organization’s overall internal control framework! Not only are revenue cycle controls an organization’s strongest defense against fraud and loss, they help ensure that decisions are made based on […]

 

Payments Canada proposes new rule for debit payments

Payments Canada recently announced a proposal for a new rule (the Proposed Rule) aimed at increasing the availability of point-of-service (POS) debit card acceptance in Canada. The underlying goal of the Proposed Rule is the transition towards digital payments and decreasing reliance on cash transactions.

 

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Builders liens: The consequences of less than strict compliance

It is often difficult to calculate the running of the 45-day time limit in which builders liens have to be filed since a number of factors can trigger or extend that limit

 

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Advice for audit committees and oversight of external auditor

While it is clear that the role of the external auditor is important and that the audit committee is charged with their oversight, it is unusual to see advice on how that oversight should be discharged.

 

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Top 10 most-read Inside Internal Controls posts for 2018

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.

 

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It’s almost year end; avoid cut-off errors

Cut-off errors are common and it is important that you avoid them, particularly at year end when one fiscal year will be closed and finalized for the external audit or as a precursor to starting the new fiscal year.

 

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Manitoba court finds that distribution arrangement is not a franchise

In Diduck v. Simpson, 2018 MBQB 76 (“Diduck”), the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench reviewed a distribution agreement and found that it failed to meet the test for a “franchise” under Manitoba’s Franchises Act, C.C.S.M. c. F156.

 

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Wade-ing into the limits on post-contractual conduct: BC Court of Appeal confirms post-contractual conduct may be considered only if contract contains ambiguity

Attempts by litigants to rely on post-contractual conduct are not uncommon in commercial litigation involving contractual interpretation. However, in the case of Wade v. Duck, an important reminder is offered that Canadian contract law places strict limits on the circumstances in which courts may have recourse to post-contractual conduct when interpreting a contract.

 

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Québec Superior Court reaffirms importance of franchisors keeping their invoices

The judgment in this case demonstrates that franchisors have to properly document the sales they make to their franchisees, by keeping the sales-related invoices, for example. Franchisors that follow that practice will not find themselves unable to prove their claims, thereby incurring serious financial losses.

 

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