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Keeping track of changes and developments in GST/HST, Quebec sales tax and other provincial sales taxes across Canada, can be a full-time job. The consequences for failing to adequately manage your organization’s sales tax obligations can be significant - from assessments, to forgone recoveries and cash flow implications, to customer or reputational risk.
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In today’s competitive and global marketplace, your employee mobility strategy is a critical factor for success. International opportunities are key to attracting top talent and instilling a global mindset across your organization. Your people truly are your most valuable asset, and as your expatriate workforce continues to grow, a seamless global mobility program is essential to achieving your overall business goals.
US corporate tax
The United States has a very complex and regulated tax environment, that may undergo significant changes. Cross-border tax issues could become even more challenging for Canadian businesses looking for growth and prosperity in the biggest economy in the world.
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Whether your business is only beginning to sell to US customers, or US customers represent the core of your business, anticipating and dealing knowledgeably with the US tax environment is critical to your bottom line. Our full-service US corporate tax group can help in all tax aspects of doing business in the US. Given high US corporate tax rates, don't be surprised by a US tax liability only to find out that there were planning opportunities available to reduce it.
While there is great opportunity for businesses looking to expand globally, organizations are under increasing tax scrutiny. Regardless of your company’s size and level of international involvement—whether you’re working abroad, investing, buying and selling, borrowing or manufacturing—doing business beyond Canada’s borders comes with its fair share of tax risks.
Transfer pricing is a complex area of corporate taxation that is concerned with the intra-group pricing of goods, services, intangibles, and financial instruments. Transfer pricing has become a critical governance issue for companies, tax authorities and policy makers, and represents a principal risk area for multinationals.
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Like many private business owners today, you’ve spent your career building and running your business successfully. Now you’re faced with deciding on a successor—a successor who may or may not want your direct involvement and share your vision.
Tax Reporting & Advisory
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On January 1, 2019, changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will come into effect.
The changes, or enhancements, are being implemented to increase a person’s pension income upon retirement from one-quarter of the person’s average annual pensionable earnings throughout their lifetime to one-third. These changes will require both employees and employers to increase their rates of contribution over the next few years.
Starting in 2019, there will be two changes to CPP rates:
- The rate of contribution will gradually increase by a total of one percent over a period of five years up to 2023.
- In 2024, a new, additional CPP contribution is required for employees earning income greater than the yearly maximum pensionable earnings ($70,100 in 2024). This additional CPP contribution will be at a rate of four percent on income between the yearly maximum pensionable earnings of $70,100 (in 2024) and the new upper limit of $74,900. In 2025, the range increases to between $72,500 and $82,700.
The changes are summarized in the following table.
|Projected yearly maximum pensionable earnings (YMPE)||Projected maximum limit||CPP employer/employee contribution rates (%)|
|Rate on income up to projected YMPE||Rate on income between projected YMPE and projected max limit|
|2018||(actual) $55,900||(actual) $55,900||4.95||n/a|
|2019||(actual) $57,400||(actual) $57,400||5.10||n/a|
Note: the rate for self-employed individuals is two times the rates noted above.
Impact on businesses
It is important for employers to both develop a strategy to deal with the upcoming changes and communicate with employees the effect these changes might have on them.
With the changes to the CPP, employers are faced with increased payroll and, possibly, administrative costs. Although the additional contributions (above and beyond the 4.95 percent original CPP rate) are still deductible expenses for the employer, those additional contributions still represent an increase in costs to businesses, which is multiplied depending on the number of workers employed and their income levels. The table below shows the dollar impact of the changes to the CPP for employers at different levels of size.
For employees, these changes will result in increased annual CPP contributions as well as increased benefits received upon retirement. From a tax perspective, base contributions to the CPP (i.e. those contributions up to 4.95 percent) will still be eligible for a tax credit. Any enhanced contributions (i.e. those contributions in excess of 4.95 percent) paid by the employee will be treated as a deduction from their income.
For further information or to discuss how these changes may affect you, contact your advisor at Grant Thornton.
|Ten employees total||Fifty employees total||One hundred employees total|
|Year||Old rates||Enhanced rates||Additional costs||Old rates||Enhanced rates||Additional costs||Old rates||Enhanced rates||Additional costs|
Figures rounded to nearest $10.