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Crystallizing capital gains before June 25: What about the GAAR?

Allan Lanthier explains why the General Anti-Avoidance Rule, as amended by Bill C-59, should not apply to a planning alternative to new capital gains rules
Practice

Federal Budget 2024 — Proposed Changes to Capital Gains Rules

Greg Farano of Gardiner Roberts LLP does a deep dive into the details of capital gains rule changes that may create uncertainty for taxpayers and their advisers
Profession

EY Canada names Alycia Calvert first female CEO of a Canadian Big Four accounting firm

Current CEO Jad Shimaly transitions to EY global managing partner – client service as part of four-person global team supporting new EY Global boss Janet Truncale
Practice

Case Commentary: Persaud v The King – When can you claim tax deductions (Including medical bills) for dependants?

Tax residence is key, says Canadian tax accountant and lawyer David J Rotfleisch, to claiming medical expense deductions for dependents under the Income Tax Act
Thought Leaders

The new game in town: Capital gains and the alternative minimum tax

The federal government's new capital gains rules have left taxpayers in a pickle says Allan Lanthier. But here's a planning alternative with a deadline of June 24
Thought Leaders

A Privilege Primer, Part I: Gaudreau reminds that there is no accountant-client privilege in Canada. But why?

Can the courts compel Canadian accountants to disclose their tax analysis? In the first of a three-part series, Brian Studniberg of Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP looks at the Gaudreau case currently before the Federal Court of Appeal in Quebec
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Tax Court Of Canada rejects CRA's attempt to apply gross-negligence penalties in statute-barred years

Canadian accountant and tax lawyer David J Rotfleisch looks at the case of an Alberta restauranteur and an inheritance in Fuhr v. The King
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.04.28: More capital gains, more audit powers, and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.04.21 PwC layoffs, MNP BC turmoil, and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Practice

As Big Four foreign firms punished for exam cheating, PwC Canada fines put into perspective

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board hit KPMG Netherlands with a record US$25-million civil civil penalty for widespread improper answer sharing
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.04.07 Bare trusts, KPMG decision, PCAOB-PKF, and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Profession

Two of the Big Four accounting firms failed their audit inspections in 2023 — but we don’t know who

The Canadian Public Accountability Board says it will take at least two years before more transparency is provided as to which firms fail and which succeed
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.03.31 Bare trusts laid bare and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Practice

Airbnb sale subject to GST/HST

Amit Ummat and Alisha Butani of Ummat Tax Law provide an overview of the Tax Court of Canada’s ruling in 1351231 Ontario Inc v. The King, 2024 TCC 37
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CPA Ontario fines Deloitte Canada partners over backdating of audit working papers

Five Deloitte partners to pay $40k each in fines and costs for manually overriding computer clocks to backdate audit working papers in multiple engagements
Partner Posts

Driving growth and client success: The power of client advisory services in accounting

Client Advisory Services represent a paradigm shift in public accounting, explains Karen Chalmers of interVal, which automates the discovery process using AI
Practice

How international athletes are taxed in Canada: Toronto Maple Leafs' captain John Tavares embroiled in tax litigation with CRA

Tavares is a high-profile opportunity for the CRA to test the limits to the structuring of athlete salaries explains Canadian accountant and tax lawyer David J Rotfleisch
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Case Commentary: Cassidy v Canada — using extraordinary circumstances, CRA's delays, inability to pay, or financial hardship

Why the Federal Court, in Cassidy v Canada, ruled that a CRA officer's decision was unreasonable, and the taxpayer received relief over unpaid taxes
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What to do when the CRA refuses taxpayer relief

Tax accountant and lawyer David J Rotfleisch explains how a corporate director won relief from the CRA over payroll remittance in Maverick v HMK, 2023
Practice

PCAOB finds fault with half of Ernst and Young Canada audits inspected

US audit watchdog inspection report details audits with multiple deficiencies and potential non-compliance with independence rules over financial relationships
Practice

The General Anti-Avoidance Rule may be expanding: What you need to know

Aron Grusko and Nick Noonan of Fillmore Riley LLP say recent legislative changes and Supreme Court decisions reflect an increasingly expansive view of GAAR
Practice

Case Commentary: Csak v The King 2024 TCC – transfers of property while owing taxes to the CRA

David J Rotfleisch explains why the Tax Court of Canada found the Canada Revenue Agency's 1988 and 1989 reassessments statue-barred
Profession

Mystery solved: How foreign accounting firms won big in new audit client gains and losses

Among the many curiosities of the 2022 new audit client gains and losses data were the prevalence of foreign firms and the dearth of cannabis companies
Practice

Taxpayer sidesteps gross-negligence penalties and $90,000 in taxable income because tax year was statute-barred

As David J Rotfleisch explains, the decision by the Tax Court of Canada in Abbass V The King centred on a bookkeeping error by the taxpayer's accountant
Practice

Director held personally liable for unremitted and uncollected GST/HST — due diligence defence judged insufficient

Case commentary from Canadian tax accountant and lawyer David J Rotfleisch on the Tax Court of Canada decision in Hall v The King