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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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    Five key considerations for Canadians selling to Americans online

    Due to the rise of online sales through the likes of Amazon and eBay, a number of Canadians are looking into selling goods online to consumers who live in the United States. Setting up an online business is a great way to supplement your primary income stream, but even if your business is a relatively small undertaking, there are several issues to consider. With that in mind, here are five key considerations for Canadians selling to Americans online.

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    Canadian taxation of employee stock options: the winds of change

    As promised in the 2019 Federal Budget, draft legislation restricting the preferential treatment afforded to employee stock option plans was released on June 17, 2019. Currently, the preferential treatment, which is provided to all corporations, is a 50 per cent reduction in the taxable benefit to the stock option holder, provided specific criteria are met. 

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    Eight tips to retain employees

    Retaining employees is the most important challenge facing companies today. For one, the birth rate is declining in North America. On average, Canadian families are having 1.2 children per couple versus 4.6 back in the ’60s.

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    Watch: Let’s Be Clear

    Filmed live at the 2018 Partners’ Conference in Chicago, this dynamic 3-part series explores leadership, connection and mindset.

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    Purifying your farm corporation

    Purified farm corporations have access to some major tax advantages, including the lifetime capital gains exemption and the ability to transfer assets to the next generation at cost. In order to qualify for these opportunities, 90 per cent of your farm corporation’s assets need to be active farming assets. If non-farming assets exceed 10 per cent, you will no longer qualify unless you remove some of these assets. This article will take a closer look at the tax opportunities available to purified farming corporations and the steps you can take to ensure you have access to them.

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    Workplace parties: worth the risk?

    At Baker Tilly, we know our people are integral to our business excellence. Our people solutions strategies support this success by providing healthy workplace cultures for our employees and leaders who treat them as people, not simply human capital.

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    The new rules surrounding capital cost allowance

    In your farming business, you are likely to acquire depreciable property such as buildings or equipment. Since this property wears out or becomes obsolete over time, you can deduct the cost of each item over a period of several years in an annual deduction known as the capital cost allowance (CCA). For example, before recent changes to the rules, you would receive half of the 30 per cent CCA in the first year after purchasing a Class 10 asset (e.g., a self-propelled vehicle). If you bought a tractor that cost $100,000, you would receive a $15,000 write-off in the first year. In subsequent years, that 15 per cent would increase to 30 per cent of the remaining balance.

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    New IRS security measures could cause problems for U.S. citizens in Canada

    The IRS announced on June 4, 2019, that it will end its tax transcript faxing service in June and will amend the Form 4506 series to end third-party mailing of tax returns and transcripts in July. The announcement indicated that transcripts have become increasingly vulnerable as criminals impersonate taxpayers or authorized third parties to file fraudulent returns for refunds.

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    Penalties and the Tax-Free Savings Account

    Are you the recipient of a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) from a deceased spouse or common-law partner? You should be aware that there may be forms to complete and timelines to be aware of. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been assessing penalties on over-contributions and exempt contributions made by survivors of deceased TFSA holders.

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    Grinding through the small business limit

    In 2018, amendments to the Income Tax Act were enacted to limit the $500,000 federal small business limit where a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation (CCPC) earns investment income. For every $1 of Adjusted Aggregate Investment Income (AAII) that a CCPC earns in excess of $50,000, its small business limit will be reduced by $5. The full small business limit, where the CCPC earns $150,000 or more of AAII, will be eliminated. AAII effectively includes any investment income that is not incidental or does not pertain to an active asset. Note that in Saskatchewan, the grind will reduce the provincial small business limit by $6 for every $1 of AAII because of the province’s higher provincial small business limit ($600,000).