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EY’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer
The 22nd edition of EY’s Global Capital Confidence Barometer is out.

2019-20 Worldwide Personal Tax and Immigration Guide
This EY guide summarizes personal tax systems and immigration rules in more than 160 jurisdictions, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, the UK and the US.

EY’s Worldwide Capital and Fixed Assets Guide 2019
This guide summarizes the complex rules relating to tax relief on capital expenditures in 31 jurisdictions and territories.

EY’s Worldwide Estate and Inheritance Tax Guide 2019
This guide summarizes the gift, estate and inheritance tax systems and describes wealth transfer planning considerations in 39 countries.

Worldwide Corporate Tax Guide 2019
Governments worldwide continue to reform their tax codes at a historically rapid rate. Chapter by chapter, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this EY guide summarizes corporate tax systems in 166 jurisdictions.

Worldwide VAT, GST and Sales Tax Guide 2020
This guide summarizes the value-added tax (VAT), goods and services tax (GST) and sales tax systems in 134 jurisdictions, including the European Union.

Worldwide R&D Incentives Reference Guide 2019
The pace at which countries are reforming their R&D incentives regimes is unprecedented. This EY guide summarizes key R&D incentives in 46 countries and provides an overview of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.

2018-19 Worldwide Transfer Pricing Reference Guide
Transfer pricing rules and regulations around the world continue to grow in number and complexity. Practitioners need to have current knowledge of a complex web of country tax laws, regulations, rulings, methods and requirements. This EY guide summarizes the transfer pricing rules and regulations adopted by 124 countries and territories.

EY Center for Board Matters
The EY Center for Board Matters supports board members in their oversight role by helping them address complex boardroom issues.

EY TradeWatch
Trade forms the backbone of the world’s economies, spurring investment, job creation and economic growth, and raising standards of living. To read more, access the global site by clicking on the link above.


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Focus on private business
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Online tax calculators and rates
Frequently referred to by financial planning columnists, our mobile-friendly calculators on let you compare the combined federal and provincial 2019 and 2020 personal tax bills in each province and territory. The site also includes an RRSP savings calculator and personal tax rates and credits for all income levels. Our corporate tax-planning tools include federal and provincial tax rates for small business rate income, manufacturing and processing rate income, general rate income and investment income.

Tax Insights for business leaders
Tax Insights provides deep insights on the most pressing tax and business issues. You can read it online and find additional content, multimedia features, tax publications and other EY tax news from around the world.

Worldwide Indirect Tax Developments Map
Updated monthly, our interactive map highlights where and when changes in VAT, global trade and excise duties are happening around the world. The map can be filtered by tax type, country and topic (e.g., VAT rate changes, compliance obligations and digital tax).

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EY’s Complete Guide to GST/HST, 2019 (27th) Edition

Canada’s leading guide on GST/HST, including GST/HST commentary and legislation, as well as a GST-QST comparison. Written in plain language by a team of EY indirect tax professionals, the guide is consolidated to July 15, 2019 and updated to reflect the latest changes to legislation and CRA policy. This edition has new commentary regarding duties on cannabis products under the Excise Act, 2001.

Editors: Jean-Hugues Chabot, Sania Ilahi, David Douglas Robertson

EY’s Guide to Preparing 2019 Personal Tax Returns

This is the line-by-line guide busy tax professionals rely on throughout the tax season. The guide includes a summary of what’s new for the 2019 taxation year as well as tips, suggestions and reminders to consider when preparing 2019 personal tax returns. Available as an easy-to-use and searchable internet collection (includes access to four years of previous internet editions).

Editors: Lucie Champagne, Maureen De Lisser, Gael Melville, Yves Plante, Alan Roth

Archived issues

  • 2019

    December 2019

    • Asking better year-end tax planning questions
    • Year-end remuneration planning
    • An “advantage” received in the first year from TFSA swap transactions continued to produce advantage in subsequent years

    November 2019

    • Boost education savings by making year-end RESP contribution
    • Finance issues comfort letter on application of advantage tax rules to investment management fees
    • CRA’s views on employer contributions to a crowdfunding campaign
    • How can your company thrive rather than survive in this era of digital Darwinism?
    • Reassessment of an estate well beyond the normal reassessment period was valid

    October 2019

    • Student income tax recap
    • Intelligence without trust: a risky business
    • How a growing procurement footprint can increase your tax footprint
    • Tax Court of Canada considers a claim of an ABIL, interest deduction and capital loss in respect of a failed investment

    September 2019

    • When can you deduct interest on a loan?
    • Worldwide Estate and Inheritance Tax Guide 2019
    • Five takeaways from the 2019 proxy season
    • TCC finds due diligence defence applied where failure to file T1135 on a timely basis

    July 2019

    • New rules for charities’ political activities: are you compliant?
    • Updated online tax calculators and rates for 2019
    • New regulations for short-term rentals in Québec target owners
    • How blockchain could transform the world of indirect tax
    • FCA affirms that a “return of capital” prohibits interest deductibility

    June 2019

    • Fertility expenses: tax credits for current and past years
    • Ontario estate administration: partial tax relief coming
    • More digital tax administration means more risks for boards to consider
    • Taxpayer’s severe anxiety disorder qualified her for the disability tax credit

    May 2019

    • Advanced life deferred annuities: the latest tool in retirement planning
    • How tax is transforming in the digital age
    • FCA decision on the reassessment of a pension plan member

    April 2019

    • CRA audits: related party initiative and risk-based audits
    • Improving board performance through effective evaluation
    • Prior written agreement was sufficient evidence for rectification

    March 2019

    • Filing your 2018 personal tax returns
    • Blockchain relevant for tax and transfer pricing
    • TCC finds reduction of tax one of the main reasons for company’s existence

    February 2019

    • Ontario opts out of passive investment income rules impacting the small business limit
    • Check out our helpful online tax calculators and rates
    • How “NAFTA 2.0” brings some clarity about trade in the Americas
    • TFSAs – what’s the advantage?
  • 2018

    December 2018

    • Asking better year-end tax planning questions
    • Year-end remuneration planning
    • Risk management issues for audit committees

    November 2018

    • Check your sources: treatment of income from online activities
    • Picking up the pieces: some tax implications of investment fraud
    • One key to tax function success is Connected Tax

    October 2018

    • Are you underestimating the consequences of your RRSP overcontribution?
    • Worldwide Estate and Inheritance Tax Guide 2018
    • When is cash an active business asset?
    • Crossing the digital divide: what boards need to know about proposed digital tax policies
    • Tuition tax credit may be available in certain cases when a course is less than three consecutive weeks in duration

    September 2018

    • September instalment reminder
    • Student income tax recap
    • Will closer cooperation bring more tax certainty?
    • Ineffective renunciation of exploration expenses can still trigger Part XII.6 tax

    July 2018

    • Additional trust reporting requirements coming soon
    • Updated online tax calculators and rates for 2018
    • Capital allocation and Canadian competitiveness survey: how government policy shifts are affecting Canadian business
    • Tax officials examine procurement
    • No relief possible for missed tax credit application deadlines

    June 2018

    • Federal budget proposes revised refundable tax regime for passive investment income
    • AI and robotics may change tax job duties
    • Tax treaties are at a crossroads

    May 2018

    • Federal budget simplifies passive investment income proposals
    • Taxing tobacco and cannabis: history learned or forgotten?
    • Businesses must prioritize how to pay indirect tax
    • When boards look to AI, what should they see?

    April 2018

    • Is diversity part of your technology strategy?
    • The tax authority of the future: data analytics are coming
    • The tax of the moment: indirect tax
    • The specific provision wins again

    March 2018

    • Review prescribed rate loan strategy before 1 April 2018
    • Filing your 2017 personal tax returns
    • A new digital era for revenue authorities

    February 2018

    • What you need to know about the new overhauled Voluntary Disclosure Program
    • Check out our helpful online tax calculators and rates
    • Revised draft legislation narrows application of income sprinkling proposals
    • Finding the glow: optimizing the tax function
    • The board’s role in corporate culture 

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