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    CRA issues proposed guidelines for GST/HST voluntary disclosures

    On June 9, 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) invited public comment on a number of proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP). The changes are outlined in Draft Information Circular IC00-1R6 (applicable to income and payroll taxes), and Draft GST/HST Memorandum 16.5 (applicable to GST/HST, excise tax and certain other taxes). Information on the current VDP guidelines, the proposed changes (including downloadable versions of the draft documents) and how Canadians can provide their comments can be found by clicking here.

    Corporate Finance

    Your go-to resource for investment banking, transaction structuring, M&A and capital advice — whether you’re a buyer, seller, lender, private equity investor or focused on growing or restructuring your business — our Corporate Finance professionals are masters of the art of the deal.

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    Small businesses, you need these financial controls

    Most small business owners aren’t aware there are financial controls they should be putting in place, but if they operate a business without them, they may be vulnerable to a number of risks, including fraud and lost profits. To ensure that no problems are overlooked, small business owners need to learn to think from an auditor’s POV. They need to rely on the kinds of tests an auditor would implement and have their business manager perform those tests. Here are some of the key risk areas to keep in mind.

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    Financing options for early stage tech companies

    If you are trying to find financing for an early stage tech company, you’ve got three main options: government grants, equity investment, and/or bank loans. In most cases, companies try to survive off government grants and maybe some equity funding from friends and family for at least the first two years. The criteria are different when trying to get equity investors involved as opposed to a bank. Traditionally, banks want to see at least two years of business history before seriously considering financing. On the other hand, angel investors don’t really care how long you have been in business. They tend to be more concerned about how much traction you’ve been able to achieve with your customers. With that in mind, here’s a closer look at the financing options available.

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    Investment Funds

    The investment funds industry has experienced significant growth in the last 20 years directly contributing to the wellbeing of the Canadian economy. As the leading advisors to the mid-market investment funds sector, we are the right partners to bring greater financial clarity and guidance.
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    CRA proposes substantial changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

    On June 9, 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) invited public comment on a number of proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP). The changes are outlined in Draft Information Circular IC00-1R6 (applicable to income and payroll taxes) and Draft GST/HST Memorandum 16.5 (applicable to GST/HST, excise tax and certain other taxes). Information on the current VDP guidelines, the proposed changes (including downloadable versions of the draft documents) and how Canadians can provide their comments can be found by clicking here.

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    IFRS 16 - A lessee’s perspective

    A major change is underway for the accounting of leases by lessees with the introduction of IFRS 16 - Leases (“IFRS 16”) where many leases that were previously not reported on the balance sheet will now be included. These changes will have a significant impact on the financial position, earnings and EBITDA of entities, especially those that operate in capital intensive industries and use leasing as a method of financing. The new standards take effect for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2019.