Financial reporting and accounting advisory services
You trust your external auditor to deliver not only a high-quality, independent audit of your financial statements but to provide a range of support, including assessing material risks, evaluating internal controls and raising awareness around new and amended accounting standards.
Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises
Get the clear financial picture you need with the accounting standards team at Grant Thornton LLP. Our experts have extensive experience with private enterprises of all sizes in all industries, an in-depth knowledge of today’s accounting standards, and are directly involved in the standard-setting process.
International Financial Reporting Standards
Whether you are already using IFRS or considering a transition to this global framework, Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team is here to help.
Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations
From small, community organizations to large, national charities, you can count on Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team for in-depth knowledge and trusted advice.
Public Sector Accounting Standards
Working for a public-sector organization comes with a unique set of requirements for accounting and financial reporting. Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team has the practical, public-sector experience and in-depth knowledge you need.
Tax planning and compliance
Whether you are a private or public organization, your goal is to manage the critical aspects of tax compliance, and achieve the most effective results. At Grant Thornton, we focus on delivering relevant advice, and providing an integrated planning approach to help you fulfill compliance obligations.
Research & development, government incentives
Are you developing innovative processes or products, undertaking experimentation or solving technological problems? If so, you may qualify to claim SR&ED tax credits. This Canadian federal government initiative is designed to encourage and support innovation in Canada. Our R&D professionals are a highly-trained, diverse team of practitioners that are engineers, scientists and specialized accountants.
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.
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.
Cross-border personal tax
In an increasingly flexible world, moving across the border may be more viable for Canadians and Americans; however, relocating may also have complex tax implications.
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.
Succession & estate planning
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
The financial and tax reporting obligations of public markets and global tax authorities take significant resources and investment to manage. This requires calculating global tax provision estimates under US GAAP, IFRS, and other frameworks, and reconciling this reporting with tax compliance obligations.
Our transactions group takes a client-centric, integrated approach, focused on helping you make and implement the best financial strategies. We offer meaningful, actionable and holistic advice to allow you to create value, manage risks and seize opportunities. It’s what we do best: help great organizations like yours grow and thrive.
We bring a wide range of services to both individuals and businesses – including shareholders, executives, directors, lenders, creditors and other advisors who are dealing with a corporation experiencing financial challenges.
Market-driven expertise in investigation, dispute resolution and digital forensics
Viruses. Phishing. Malware infections. Malpractice by employees. Espionage. Data ransom and theft. Fraud. Cybercrime is now a leading risk to all businesses.
Running a business is challenging and you need advice you can rely on at anytime you need it. Our team dives deep into your issues, looking holistically at your organization to understand your people, processes, and systems needs at the root of your pain points. The intersection of these three things is critical to develop the solutions you need today.
Updates for creditors, limited partners, investors and shareholders.
ASPE Sec. 3041 Agriculture Understanding and applying the new ASPE Section 3041 AgricultureThe Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) has released new guidance on recognizing, measuring and disclosing biological assets and the harvested products of bio assets.
Tax alert Agricultural Clean Technology ProgramThe Agricultural Clean Technology Program will provide financial assistance to farmers and agri-businesses to help them reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Tax alert ACT Program – Research and Innovation Stream explainedThe ACT Research and Innovation Stream provides financial support to organizations engaged in pre-market innovation.
Tax alert ACT Program – Adoption Stream explainedThe ACT Adoption Stream provides non-repayable funding to help farmers and agri-business with the purchase and installation of clean technologies.
Builders And Developers
Every real estate project starts with a vision. We help builders and developers solidify that vision, transform it into reality, and create value.
Rental Property Owners And Occupiers
In today’s economic climate, it’s more important than ever to have a strong advisory partner on your side.
Real Estate Service Providers
Your company plays a key role in the success of landlords, investors and owners, but who is doing the same for you?
There’s no business quite like mining. It’s volatile, risky and complex – but the potential pay-off is huge. You’re not afraid of a challenge: the key is finding the right balance between risk and reward. Whether you’re a junior prospector, a senior producer, or somewhere in between, we’ll work with you to explore, discover and extract value at every stage of the mining process.
Oil & gas
The oil and gas industry is facing many complex challenges, beyond the price of oil. These include environmental issues, access to markets, growing competition from alternative energy sources and international markets, and a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, to name but a few.
On November 30, 2020 the federal government released its Fall Economic Statement (FES) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a number of programs designed to stimulate the economy and support Canadians through the pandemic, the government announced significant changes to how GST/HST applies to sales made over the internet by non-residents. While the changes are primarily directed at non-residents, there are also important changes and considerations for Canadian resident businesses and consumer purchasers.
GST/HST on services and digital goods
Advances in technology have led to a steady increase of non-resident vendors branching out and selling goods to Canadians through online platforms, also known as online marketplaces. When Canadians purchase goods from non-residents online, at the very least, GST (and in some cases PST or HST) is levied when those goods cross the border. However, similar taxes do not apply when Canadians purchase digital goods and services online, as there is no physical way to track when an app is downloaded or a service provided. As the non-resident vendor is generally not considered to be carrying on business in Canada, they are not required to register for GST/HST purposes and, as a result would not be required or permitted to charge GST/HST on the supply of digital goods and services to Canadian customers.
Beyond resulting in less GST/HST revenue being collected by vendors on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), current registration rules also effectively disadvantage GST/HST registered vendors, including those who sell through distribution platforms and fulfillment warehouses in Canada. Generally, vendors located in Canada are required to collect and remit GST/HST on the final selling price when digital goods are supplied to customers in Canada. This means the Canadian vendors’ total tax included price to consumers could be higher than the unregistered non-resident vendors’ price for the same digital goods and services.
Under the proposed new provisions, however, non-resident vendors that supply digital goods and services over the internet, that are not considered to be carrying on business in Canada, would be required to register, charge and collect GST/HST through a simplified registration system. Unlike GST/HST charged by a regular GST/HST registered supplier, GST/HST charged through this simplified registration system is not eligible for an input tax credit (ITC) or rebate and the vendor is unable to claim any ITCs for any GST/HST incurred on their activities in Canada.
The non-resident would charge tax based on the rate in effect in the consumers’ usual place of residence. However, there are exceptions to this rule—in particular, where the product or service supplied is connected to a specific location. However, no GST/HST would apply if a service is purchased by a Canadian resident consumer but the service relates to
- real property outside Canada,
- services or rights to services performed at an identifiable location outside Canada, and
- services in connection with litigation taking place outside Canada.
Non-resident vendors are only required to charge the specified GST/HST on supplies to consumers (or unregistered organizations). In cases of supplies made to a GST/HST-registered business/organization, that business must provide their GST/HST number to the non-resident vendor to permit the non-resident not to charge them the specified tax. If GST/HST is charged in error to a registered person, the person must obtain a refund of the tax from the non-resident and not from CRA.
The proposed new rules are currently expected to apply to supplies made on or after July 1, 2021. They will also apply to supplies made prior to July 1, 2021 if they are not paid for until July 1, 2021 or afterwards.