Thought Leaders

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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
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Benefits of paperless processing for taxpayers: Lessons for CRA from the IRS

Canadian taxpayers will benefit if the CRA follows the IRS in the paperless processing of income tax returns but not at the expense of customer service
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Challenges to free trade reveal a big change in conservative ideology

A shift in conservative ideology towards protectionism, not free trade, is not new in Canada and could have profound effects for business leaders such as CPAs
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The shift to working from home will be difficult to reverse

White collar workers, including managers and executives, prefer to work from home. Employers now face the challenge of accommodation and inequities
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GAAR Clips Westminster’s Wings

Vern Krishna, whose work was cited in the Deans Knight decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, explains the history of the Westminster principle and GAAR
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Alberta: Why we need to rewrite the script on corporate taxes

Corporate tax cuts did not save jobs in Alberta and wealthy people do not choose where to live based on taxes, says economics professor Junaid B. Jahangir
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Will Danielle Smith veer back to the right and towards Alberta separatism?

The taxation and economic issues to watch for in the coming months from a newly elected majority government in Alberta, according to Robert L. (Bob) Ascah
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Deans Knight: The return of the GAAR

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Deans Knight is a breath of fresh air and strikes a more appropriate balance, says Allan Lanthier
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Taxing the wealthy to the hilt would make us all much better off

Western University professor Tom Malleson presents five reasons for levying high taxes on the very rich, from the environment to (reduced) social friction
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US banking failures: the role of big auditors in another financial crisis

A state auditor would be better than accounting firms at policing systemically important institutions such as banks
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The Revenue Rule In Tax Law

Vern Krishna of TaxChambers LLP on the history of international tax and trade law
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How Canadian accountants will benefit from ChatGPT

Why over 13 million users ask ChatGPT for answers daily. Randy Lasnick of Plooto explains how ChatGPT will shape the future of accounting automation
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Alberta election: Is the province’s energy regulator acting in the public interest?

Canadian accounting firms like Grant Thornton and PwC Canada have had trouble in Alberta with environmental liabilities when acting as receivers
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To mandate or not to mandate? Why hybrid work should be favoured, not feared

Pamela Steer, president and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, on why CPA Canada has adopted a hybrid work environment
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OSFI’s new guidelines: A step toward making banks and insurers more conscious of their climate impacts

New sustainability reporting standards will help determine who will pay for environmental cleanup costs when oilsands producers go bankrupt
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Why is it so difficult to handle whistleblower reports?

Accounting and ethics professors explain the agency theory behind effective whistleblower systems to avoid cases like LuxLeaks at PricewaterhouseCoopers
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The Foix decision:  The long and uncertain reach of subsection 84(2)

The broader interpretation by the Federal Court of Appeal in a tax case involving a complex hybrid sale was a breath of fresh air says Allan Lanthier
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Black people bring unique perspectives to the accounting profession. Here’s how you can be an ally and why it’s important to do

Latisha Carter of Xero on bridging the opportunity gap for the Black community within accounting and other financial professions