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CRA adds weapon to arsenal against tax evasion

CRA adds weapon to arsenal against tax evasion

In a previous article, I wrote about the dangers of commingling business and personal assets. Commingling business and personal assets is simply a nice way of saying, “tax evasion”. In my previous article, I highlighted the Alberta court’s conclusions that the owners of Alberta Hot […]

Dangers of commingling business and personal assets

Dangers of commingling business and personal assets

I receive requests from organizations from time to time to present to a group of business owners and/or managers. I typically cover the topics found in this blog, such as the importance of employment contracts,the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) , or small business taxation. While […]

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

Cannabis at work: What can employers do?

By now, you are probably tired of hearing and reading about cannabis, or cannabis at work. I don’t blame you. I’m tired of it too. Enough already. Let’s move on to other things… However, despite its presence in the news, the legalization of cannabis will […]

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

Must employers accommodate employees with addictions?

First, a caveat. I don’t practice in the specific area of labour law. However, I represent many businesses and employment issues are usually the single largest area of potential liability. As a business lawyer, I think its important to understand all of the (legal) factors […]

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business and employee rights

Buying a business can be an exciting and stressful experience. First new owners must dig deep into their savings and-or remortgage their home. Then, when they take over the business, they face a steep learning curve. New owners step into the shoes of the selling […]

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement

Essential elements of a partnership or shareholder agreement In my last article about the viability of partnership, I wrote about the difficulties of managing partnerships. In this article, I will focus more on the legal aspect and how agreements between partners (and shareholders) can help […]

Partnerships, do they work?

Partnerships, do they work?

Partnerships, do they work? Partnerships are a tricky business. When they work well, they are wonderful. One can consider the monster success of Apple (Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak) or Microsoft (Bill Gates and Paul Allen). For those of us with an entrepreneurial spirit, the […]

CRA punished for malicious behaviour towards small business owners

CRA punished for malicious behaviour towards small business owners

Small business should fear the Canadian Revenue Agency…. CRA doesn’t need much introduction. We all know it. It is the agency responsible for collecting taxes. Every Canadian deals with it at some point or another. Small business owners and managers also have the “pleasure” of […]

Small Business Tax pain continues…

Small Business Tax pain continues…

Small Business Tax pain continues… But it’s not as bad as we first thought. Last July, the federal government announced it was going to introduce some significant changes to the Income Tax Act (ITA) of Canada. I wrote about the proposed changes last September. In […]

Business Succession Planning: Start Early!

Business Succession Planning: Start Early!

Business succession planning starts early. How early? Try: when you start your business. Any business owner who wants to create something of value should consider how he or she will exit at some point in the future. Now this does not mean your exit plan […]