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DAC Investment and the GAAR: Did the Tax Court of Canada get it right?

Allan Lanthier is unconvinced by the reasoning in a recent Tax Court of Canada decision involving a Canadian-controlled private corporation and the BVI
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A Privilege Primer, Part II: Where do accountants fit in under existing Canadian law?

In the second of a three-part series on the Gaudreau case before the FCA in Quebec, Brian Studniberg of Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP examines the settings in which an accountant’s work product could be protected by legal privilege
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Why the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a bad deal for Canadians — and the world

Taxpayers are on the hook for an economically disastrous Faustian bargain that will burden future generations of Canadians as it contributes to climate chaos
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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
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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
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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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Economic growth tops the priority list for Canadian policymakers — here’s why

There's nothing wrong with challenging our assumptions, say academics from the University of Saskatchewan, but interest rates are higher than growth rates
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Canadian federal budget 2024: Does it deliver on ‘generational fairness’ promise for Gen Z and Millennials?

Whether the federal budget will help millennials and Gen Z through tax initiatives, says Gustavson accounting professor Douglas A. Stuart, is subject to speculation
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An economist explains: Textbook economics is badly flawed when it comes to climate change

Double standards abound on the carbon tax, says MacEwan University economics professor Junaid B. Jahangir, despite the support (and limits) of textbook economics
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Stock markets signal a growing gap between Canadian and American clean tech firms

Canadian taxpayer-supported clean tech startups may move south of the border due to regulatory risk and political uncertainty despite substantial tax benefits
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Fossil fuel subsidies cost Canadians a lot more money than the carbon tax

Subsidies cost Canadian taxpayers roughly $214 per taxpayer every year — and unlike the federal carbon tax, Canadians don’t get a rebate on this tax
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PwC Australia ethics breach: Differences in Canadian and Australian CPA regulation

Though similiar, there are important differences between Australian and Canadian professional rules of conduct explains accounting professor George Gonzalez
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Ethnic diversity is still a serious issue at the top level in accounting firms

Research suggests women and minorities are under-represented at senior positions in Canadian accounting firms despite measures to improve diversity
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Taxes aren’t just about money — they shape how we think about each other

Research shows taxpayers perceive paying income tax, but not regressive sales taxes, as contributing as a citizen for the purpose of the common good
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10 reasons why Canadians are still dissatisfied with the economy, despite the upswing

Four accounting academics explain the disconnect between the pessimism of Canadians and an economy that seems headed for a soft landing
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Here’s what we can learn from Canada’s response to inflation in the 1980s and 1990s

Inflation is a tax on households, but don’t expect prices to revert to pre-pandemic levels, as interest rates could stay where they are for several more months
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Why do some organizations’ boards fail? The answer might lie in how directors perceive their expertise and responsibilities

Board directors develop their own oversight style and interpretations of responsibilities says accounting Professor Oriane Couchoux, PhD, CPA
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Driving the best possible bargain now isn’t the best long-term strategy, according to game theory

Negotiating a new deal? New research suggests that a nonzero-sum game strategic approach to negotiating may produce more value creation in the long run
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Why the world is turning away from the US dollar

Geopolitical divisions with the United States will continue to cause additional friction and the role of the US dollar is almost certain to become more limited
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Canadians are losing faith in the economy — and it’s affecting their perception of inequality

A tax system that favours the wealthy is among perceptions of inequality that are contributing to disillusionment among Canadian workers
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Australia has one of the weakest tax systems for redistribution among industrial nations – Stage 3 tax cuts will make it worse

Where does Canada rank on the global scale of income redistribution through taxation? Jim Stanford’s article on the gini coefficient provides answers
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Is capitalism dead? Yanis Varoufakis thinks it is – and he knows who killed it

In light of the deal between Canada and Google, we present this thought leadership article on technofeudalism, an economics term coined by Yanis Varoufakis
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Opinion: The future of a unified Canadian accounting profession

There was a time when the Canadian accounting profession looked like it was headed towards specialization. What happened?, asks Nick A. Shepherd
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Wealthy but worried: why the UK’s top 10% are turning their backs on the rest of society

A thought leadership article on high income earners in the UK may hold some insights into Canadian attitudes towards inequality and taxation among the wealthy
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IRS is using $60B funding boost to ramp up use of technology to collect taxes — not just hiring more enforcement agents

After a decade of underfunding, the Internal Revenue Agency is receiving a cash injection, similar to the reinvestment in the CRA by the Trudeau government