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New GST/HST rules for digital sales: What you should know
April 08, 2021
Foreign companies selling goods and services online in Canada will soon need to contend with new GST/HST rules for e-commerce transactions. With many Canadians locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, the number of us shopping online skyrocketed. In fact, the Government of Canada’s recent Fall Economic Statement says that retail e-commerce rose by nearly 70 per cent in the first eight months of 2020. But the current sales tax rules for digital transactions date back to a time when our economy was strictly bricks-and-mortar, and the government is concerned that the existing rules put Canadian businesses at a disadvantage compared to their foreign competitors. In its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the federal government invited feedback on proposed legislation that aims to ensure the GST/HST applies fairly and effectively to the growing digital economy.
There has been speculation ahead of each federal budget in recent years that the Liberal government will increase the so-called capital gains inclusion rate, currently at 50 per cent, which is the percentage of capital gains included in taxable income. However, advisors say the unprecedented spending on COVID-19 programs, which has pushed the projected size of the deficit to almost $400-billion, makes a capital gains tax increase more likely.
The Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available to small and medium sized B.C. businesses impacted by COVID-19. An additional $5,000 to $15,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses.
Temporary Adjustment to the Automobile Standby Charges 2020
January 27, 2021
On December 21, 2020, the Department of Finance Canada released a backgrounder and draft legislation to provide temporary relief in respect of employee automobile benefits for the 2020 and 2021 taxation years. In light of the impact COVID-19 lockdowns and public health measures have had on how employees use their employer-provided vehicles, the government is proposing temporary adjustments to the automobile standby charge.
Transfer personal property to a Canadian corporation
January 08, 2021
If you’re a small business owner that’s unincorporated and you’re planning on forming a corporation. It’s really important that you understand the tax perspective. Often, when you transfer property to a non-arm’s length person such as a corporation that you control, you have a deemed disposition of the property for proceeds equal to the fair market value (FMV) of the property. Assuming the FMV exceeds the cost of the property, the transfer can trigger capital gains or ordinary income.