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Recent Publications

Recent Publications

November 23, 2021 by Thomas Blonde

When should farmland be owned by a holding company?

Most farmers understand that there are many tax advantages to owning farmland. However, more complicated structures are sometimes needed for those advantages to be realized. One such structure involves owning farmland in a holding company.

November 23, 2021

Sourcing and closing better deals with PitchBook

In its role as a financial advisor, Baker Tilly Canada Corporate Finance (BTCCF) helps small- to mid-size companies execute sell-side, buy-side and valuation engagements. 

November 19, 2021 by Shaun Andresen

A streamlined procedure does not clear a GILTI conscience

In December 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law. The TCJA made significant amendments to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Among them was the introduction of a transition tax under IRC section 965—a tax on accumulated earnings of certain foreign corporations in the hands of U.S. shareholders. This new tax marked a transition to taxing the active income of foreign corporations.

November 1, 2021 by Rosa Maria Iuliano

Ontario Business Registry is now open for business

The new Ontario Business Registry was launched on Oct. 19, 2021 for businesses and not-for-profit corporations of all sizes. The new registry permits registered entities to access more than 90 services online including registering a new business, dissolving an existing one and filing an annual return. The registry is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

October 22, 2021 by John Oakey

Government announces targeted COVID-19 support measures

On October 21, 2021, two days before most of the Federal government’s COVID-19 recovery programs were set to expire on October 23rd, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the expansion of these programs under a more targeted approach.  This announcement was subsequently supported by information published by the Department of Finance on their website.

September 21, 2021 by Rock Lapalme

The profits and pitfalls of maintaining QSBC share status

With the recent Royal Assent of Bill C-208, owners of incorporated small and medium-sized businesses, and their tax advisors, were reminded that proactively monitoring and maintaining qualifying small business corporation (QSBC) share status is essential to make many tax-planning strategies possible. There are many traps that may cause the unintended loss of QSBC share status, and when the time comes to take advantage of available tax planning, it can be too late to correct the problem.

August 24, 2021

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.

July 20, 2021 by John Oakey

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.

July 9, 2021 by John Oakey

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.

July 9, 2021

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.

June 23, 2021 by John Oakey

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.

June 22, 2021 by Leigh-Anne Finch

How to attract and retain talent in the new labour market

As society advances through the pandemic, 2021 could see the highest number of people (re)entering the workforce and changing jobs in recorded history.

June 7, 2021 by Eric Gagnon

A hot housing market and a change in use equals tax with no cash. But there is a solution.

Most Canadians know that selling their home normally will not result in income tax thanks to the principal residence exemption (PRE). Unfortunately, people tend to extend this "knowledge" into a feeling that they need never worry about tax when dealing with their principal residence.

May 13, 2021 by John Oakey

New business registry created for all Ontario businesses

Updated May 13, 2021 (see below)

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Service Ontario announced they are severing ties as of May 15, 2021 regarding the agreement to submit Ontario corporate annual information returns through the CRA’s tax filing system.

May 5, 2021 by Gerry Riskin

Leadership: agility in the face of fragility

This article first appeared in the ABA’s Law Practice November/December 2020 ( It is reproduced here with permission.

Leaders are aware of the imperative to be agile right now. However, many may have a blind spot and are not conscious of or sensitive to the fact that their constituencies are particularly stressed and fragile.

May 5, 2021 by Jordan Furlong

Frugal innovation in lawyer formation

More than a decade ago, in a post that captured the imagination of hardly anyone, I wrote about the need for “frugal innovation” in the legal services sector. Chief among the problems with the legal market, I said, is lawyers’ insistence on offering ever-more-elaborate services to ever-fewer people at ever-higher prices, ignoring the growing population with straightforward legal needs but little time or money to address them. Frugal legal innovators, I wrote,