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Navigating Canada’s Latest Trust Reporting Legislation Changes

The government’s new federal trust reporting rules will increase disclosure requirements, affecting a wide range of Canadian trusts. Originally, the federal government introduced significant changes to trust legislation in 2018 to encourage reporting transparency. These rules were amended on Dec. 15, 2022, to help the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) better assess tax liabilities for ...

Tax Insights: 2023 Fall Economic Statement (FES 2023)

On November 21, 2023, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland introduced the 2023 Fall Economic Statement (FES 2023) on behalf of the federal government. These measures aim to modify the Underused Housing Tax (UHT) to exclude specific individuals, reduce the profitability of short-term rental properties, and enhance the affordability of certain ...

Foundational Elements of a Successful Business Acquisition

Foundational elements of a successful business acquisition (AC Oct 23) final”]In business, there are many ways to grow. At Zeifmans, we’ve spent nearly 60 years assisting our clients in gaining market share and strengthening their business portfolios. We have decades of experience guiding small to mid-sized businesses as they implement our innovative strategies for ...

Ontario’s Fall Economic Outlook Promises Additional Tax Credits During Financial Uncertainty

The Ontario Fall Economic Statement 2023 forecasts a substantial increase in the deficit for the 2023-24 fiscal year of $5.6 billion. This marks a significant departure from the province’s 2023 budget, which had projected a deficit of $1.3 billion. Ontario attributes the expanded deficit to recent interest rate hikes, elevated inflation rates, and lower-than-anticipated ...

Mastering Taxes: 5 Essential Tips for Small Businesses in Canada

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Canadian economy, employing nearly 8.5 million Canadians annually. These entrepreneurs are the driving force behind innovation and economic growth in the country. However, when it comes to tax season, many small business owners face the daunting task of filing their taxes accurately to reduce expenses and maximize ...

How the Next Generation Can Ensure a Smooth Leadership Transition

Succession planning is an essential part of a business’s lifespan – one that’s often overlooked. A study by the Family Business Institute found that only around 30% of family businesses survive to the second generation, and even less make it to the third (12%) and fourth (3%). This is often due to lack of ...

2023 Budget Tightens Tax rules while Investing in Clean Tech

The 2023 Federal Budget, presented by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on March 28, forecasts a $43 billion dollar deficit, with both spending cuts and tax increases. High income individuals may be impacted by changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax rules while small business owners may be interested in changes to rules allowing for intergenerational ...

Financial complications: how the economic climate affects buying or selling a pharmacy

Economic challenges facing pharmacies Before starting the process, it’s important to understand the economic issues you’ll be facing whether you’re buying or selling. They include: Soaring inflation. After hitting historic highs, Canada’s inflation rate cooled a bit in November 2022 at 6.8 per cent. This affects everything from rental prices to commercial stock (like ...