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Ontario tweaks Business Corporations Act, making it more business-friendly

This summer, two small but important amendments to the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) came into effect. These amendments eased restrictions on governance so that Ontario businesses can operate more efficiently, ensuring consistency with other Canadian jurisdictions.   Effective July 5, 2021, the new amendments also reduced approval thresholds for written shareholder resolutions and led to ...

Proposed legislation introduced to reform cannabis taxation in the US

On July 14, 2021, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released a discussion draft of a detailed cannabis reform bill which, if enacted, would restore the deductibility of all expenses related to cannabis businesses and institute excise taxes on such businesses, resulting in big changes to cannabis taxation. Now backed by Democratic senators Cory Broker ...

The Biden Tax Plan: Where it stands

There has been a lot of talk in the recent news about the Biden tax plan moving forward in Congress.  However, there is no need for panic (yet!), as the potentially affected parties of this legislation are essentially “setting the table” to debate and draft the Biden tax plan. The Democrats hold a narrow ...

Top 10 pitfalls of real estate financial reporting

The relationship between business owner and accountant is paramount to the success of a real estate business, in particular when it comes to your financial reporting needs. That’s why Zeifmans has spent more than 6 decades putting relationships first; building our business based on our care, attention, and future visioning so that our clients ...

How Bill C-208 will ease the tax burden on family business

Family business is the backbone of the Canadian economy. When a family business is passed down to the next generation, we see so many positive ripple effects in the economy: A new entrepreneur is given the opportunity to succeed  New jobs are created  Industry advancements are made Loyal customers maintain a trusted partner Communities ...

US Tax Update: Remote Sellers Sales Tax

Bloomberg Law reports that state revenue agencies are finally getting serious about requiring out-of-state retailers to collect tax on e-commerce transactions, frustrated that less than half of such sellers are in full compliance with their sales tax rules. The Wayfair Ruling Under the US Supreme Court’s holding in Wayfair, it was decided that electronic ...

Structuring your real estate business for RSP eligibility

Seeking potential investors? You may find an opportunity in Retirement Saving Plans (“RSP”). Currently, real estate backed investments are a sought-after commodity, but many investors are unable to directly invest. It may not be possible for an investor with low liquid cash to, say, use funds from their RSP to directly purchase a rental ...

Bid to repeal Section 280E up in smoke: How the recent ruling affects American cannabis

Regulatory support will always trail behind public acceptance and one prominent example of this is the US’s outdated Internal Revenue Code Section 280E as it relates to the cannabis industry.  In a long well-publicized battle, Oakland-based Harborside Inc. (listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange and operator of a number of cannabis dispensaries) had been arguing that Section 280E is unconstitutional. This section bars state-legal cannabis companies from making use of standard business deductions other ...