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OPINION: CFOs: embrace change for success

OPINION: CFOs: embrace change for success

A CFO is uniquely able to take an investor’s perspective and look at the business from the outside in, to challenge strategy from a risk perspective and look at all key decisions through a value lens.
OPINION: New Review Engagement standards: what do they mean for me?

OPINION: New Review Engagement standards: what do they mean for me?

You may wish to discuss the most appropriate level of assurance—both the cost and the benefit for your business—with the users of your financial statements, your management team and your public accountant.
Can your working capital fund growth?

Can your working capital fund growth?

Financing your company’s growth in an uncertain economic climate can be risky. While the cost of borrowing may be historically low at the moment, it is not always easy for private companies to access that capital.
Don’t overpay tax instalments

Don’t overpay tax instalments

It’s a good idea to regularly review the method your corporation uses to make tax instalments to ensure you aren’t accidentally making overpayments.
New Year’s resolutions: can we keep these?

New Year’s resolutions: can we keep these?

It’s that time of year again when many people reflect on their lives and make resolutions to change something, do something, or not do something! It probably is a bit less common for business owners to make resolutions regarding their businesses.
Pension plans: getting on the bandwagon

Pension plans: getting on the bandwagon

Finding and keeping the right employees is important for the success of your business; while there is no shortage of talent in the job market these days, smaller enterprises often have to compete with larger firms to attract and retain talent.
Buying U.S. property? Don’t overlook U.S. tax

Buying U.S. property? Don’t overlook U.S. tax

Even with the Canadian dollar weakening, there are still plenty of attractive real estate prices in the U.S., and many Canadians are investing there. However, if you’re thinking about buying U.S. property, it’s a good idea to factor in the U.S.
Back-to-school tax planning

Back-to-school tax planning

With back-to-school season upon us, some of us may be feeling the pinch as we pay tuition fees for our university or college-bound children.
Protecting your tax-free intercorporate dividends

Protecting your tax-free intercorporate dividends

If your corporation receives dividends from another corporation — even a connected or related one — you may be affected by a technical change announced in the 2015 federal budget.
Is a loss all bad?

Is a loss all bad?

While no business owner likes to see his or her business generate losses of any kind, a loss could potentially have a silver lining for tax purposes.