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    Welcome to Baker Tilly

    With member firms from coast to coast, we are one of the country’s largest associations of chartered professional accounting firms. As an all-Canadian network, we have a longstanding reputation for value-added audit, tax and advisory solutions.

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    David Downie joins Baker Tilly as principal

    Toronto, ON – Baker Tilly in Toronto is pleased to announce the arrival of David Downie in the role of principal. With more than two decades of tax experience, he brings his expertise in tax planning (both international and domestic) and reorganization, with a focus on Canadian multinationals and their global operations.

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    Five in five

    Everyone at Baker Tilly Canada is committed to influencing tomorrow for our clients, our profession and our community, an objective that shapes our lives inside and outside the office. Get better acquainted with the experts behind this mission, and what drives them to excel. From their outlook on the industry to their passions to the wise words that inspired their professional development, the Five in five series gets to the heart of each expert’s story – in just five minutes.

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    2021 Federal and provincial budget highlights

    Baker Tilly Canada is pleased to continue our tradition of providing valuable commentary and analysis of federal and provincial budgets. Click on any flag below to see corresponding 2021 budget highlights – from changes to personal and corporate tax measures to indirect tax updates and more. Speak to your Baker Tilly Canada advisor to understand how these policies could affect your business.

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    Canadian tax fact sheets 2021

    If you want to take a closer look at tax rates in Canada, you’ve come to the right place. The following fact sheets offer a convenient comparison of relevant tax rates from every Canadian province and territory.

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    2021 tax deadline calendar

    When it comes to Canadian and U.S. tax deadlines, even the most diligent client needs an occasional reminder. Consult our 2021 tax deadline calendar for a month-by-month overview of key dates that could apply to you. You might even notice a few obligations that slipped your mind.

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    Intergenerational transfers with less strings attached (a limited time offer)

    Many family-owned businesses have faced higher tax burdens when transitioning their business within their family. This effect has been due, in part, to two anti-avoidance provisions in the Income Tax Act (ITA) that are designed to prevent unapproved transactions deemed abusive by the Department of Finance. Section 55 prevents unapproved, tax-deferred capital gains stripping; section 84.1 prevents unapproved, tax-free surplus stripping. In a nutshell—an oversimplified nutshell—these two complex anti-avoidance provisions recharacterize what should be tax-free transactions into taxable ones.

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    Tax changes to the Canadian digital economy

    In recent months, the tax treatment of non-resident and resident suppliers (i.e., Wayfair) engaged in e-commerce sales has undergone significant changes. While many of these suppliers were not required to register to collect provincial or Canadian federal sales tax in the past, those obligations have changed.

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    New tax savings for farmers buying capital assets

    Farmers who are thinking of buying a major capital asset like machinery or equipment may soon see significant tax savings. In the 2021 federal budget, important changes were proposed to the capital cost allowance rules. Before these changes were introduced, capital assets were depreciated according to their class. For example, if a farmer purchased a Class 10 tractor or combine, the capital cost allowance on that asset in the year of purchase was 45 per cent. However, the new rules no longer organize assets by class, instead allowing farmers to fully expense capital assets up to $1.5 million in the year of purchase. 

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    Four reasons to consider renting farmland

    The advantages of buying property are well known to most farmers. It is a great way to build equity in your business and it usually grows in value over time. In addition, owning farmland offers more tax planning options down the road, allows you to avoid rent increases, gives you more freedom in the way you use the land and protects you from losing access to the land, in the event your landlord decides to sell the land or rent to someone else. However, in spite of all these advantages, there are also several reasons it might be preferable to rent farmland.

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    COVID-19: Business guidance

    Updated as of April 26, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest updates on tax and financial measures impacting Canadian businesses in the wake of COVID-19, as well as insights on how organizations can navigate this crisis.

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    Easing the transition

    The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been an important program for businesses struggling with the economic fallout of the pandemic. This program (which began on March 15, 2020) was designed to keep employees on the payroll during a time when businesses were experiencing unprecedented disruption in revenue. The federal government is phasing out this program by reducing the subsidy rate over the remaining four periods, from June 6 to Sept. 25, 2021.

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    The drawbacks of deferring taxes

    Most businesses must pay taxes on all income, including accounts receivable and inventory in the year they are created. However, farm businesses are one of the few exceptions, as they are permitted to pay taxes on a cash basis. As a result, they have the unique ability to deduct prepaid expenses and push income into future years. Rather than pay tax on inventory, they can wait until this inventory has been sold. While most farmers prefer to take advantage of this deferral opportunity, this is not always the best option.