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    U.S. Tax Reform Punishes U.S. Citizens Abroad

    From a taxation perspective, the period from July 2017 to February 2018 has been one of the most tumultuous in recent history for Canadian private company owners. For those who also have the privilege of being U.S. citizens or resident aliens, things have gotten downright ludicrous. In a rush to pass into law the most sweeping tax reform in a generation, U.S. lawmakers have stuck U.S. citizens resident in Canada with retroactive, double taxation, the elimination of much of the tax deferral previously available in their companies, a looming April 17th payment deadline and virtually no rules or regulations to guide them through the chaos.

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    Collins Barrow Montreal promotes Constantina Gomatos to principal

    Montreal, QC – Collins Barrow Montreal is pleased to announce that Constantina Gomatos has been promoted to principal. Practicing tax since 2004, Gomatos has dealt with a diverse clientele, which includes owner-managed businesses, their shareholders, their corporations and foreign entities operating in Canada. She also works with Canadian entities operating in foreign jurisdictions in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, real estate and retail. 

    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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    Should you be registered for Canadian GST/HST?

    Foreign companies, individuals and organizations who provide goods and services to customers in Canada should consider whether their business activities in Canada invoke a requirement to register for the Goods and Services Tax / Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST). 

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    The capital gains exemption: beware of in-law quirks

    In Canada, qualified farmland can be transferred from one generation to the next for any dollar amount between cost and fair market value (FMV) at the time of the transfer. Any capital gain triggered by the transfer is covered by the capital gains exemption (up to $1,000,000 for farmland), assuming the land is qualified farm property.

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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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    Taking action on passive investment rules

    If you listened closely on budget day, you could hear a sigh of relief across Canada after the federal government announced new rules on passive investment income. Largely considered a fair improvement from previous iterations of the rules, many tax practitioners welcomed the changes. However, not all were pleased. And some were far from relieved.