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Cryptocurrency taxation update

On May 17, 2019, the Department of Finance released proposals to amend the Excise Tax Act (Canada) to treat certain virtual currency as a financial instrument for GST/HST purposes.

 

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Question to CRA on alter ego trusts and whether transfers are a donation

STEP Canada had a CRA Roundtable on June 6-7, 2019 and they discussed a number of topics. One issue of interest to charities and philanthropists is Question 2 dealing with alter ego trusts and donations.

 

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Multilateral Instrument (MLI) will enter into force for Canada on December 1, 2019

Canada has announced that the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting [PDF] ― also known as the Multilateral Instrument or MLI ―will enter into force for Canada on December 1, 2019.

 

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Transfer pricing: What’s new in Canada (Part I)

Since 2012, there have been unprecedented developments in Canada and globally in the area of international tax. The sheer volume and complexity of these developments make it difficult for Canadian corporations to keep up on what changes actually impact transfer pricing.

 

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Competition Bureau reinforces its focus on non-notifiable transactions

In a recent news release, the Competition Bureau made official its intention to increase the resources it devotes to the identification and review of non-notifiable merger transactions.

 

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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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New B.C. Business Corporations Act transparency register requirements: A primer

Beginning on a date to be announced, privately-held B.C. Business Corporations Act (“BCA”) companies ‎will be required to maintain a “transparency register” of “significant individuals”, being individuals who:‎

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal confirms super-priority status of restructuring charges

There were conflicting decisions from Nova Scotia (Rosedale) and Alberta (Canada North) on whether it was possible for CCAA and BIA created super-priority claims to rank senior to the Crown’s deemed trust claims under the fiscal statutes.

 

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Recognizing tax implications for damage awards

THD Inc. c. Sa Majesté la Reine (2018 CCI 147), a recent Tax Court of Canada decision, provides a fresh reminder for lawyers to be mindful of potential tax implications of damage awards.

 

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FSRA targets efficient and streamlined regulation for Ontario credit unions, insurers, pension plans, and mortgage brokers

As previously reported, the Ontario government is moving ahead to support financial regulatory reform including by establishing the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the new Ontario provincial regulator for provincially regulated insurers, credit unions, loan and trust corporations, pension plans, mortgage brokers and certain auto insurance service providers.

 

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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

 

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Five common mistakes in construction contracts

The construction contract is the main tool that defines a relationship between an owner and its general contractor or construction manager. Any construction contract requires careful thought, negotiation and drafting, because in addition to defining the relationship between the parties, it provides certainty to the project, allocates risk and provides mechanisms to mitigate risks.

 

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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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How to assess the effectiveness of risk management

Internal auditors are expected, according to the IIA Standards and some governance codes, to assess the effectiveness of risk management.

 

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