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Doing Business in Canada -- A Comprehensive Review (CTX4)

Friday, November 4, 2016
01:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Eastern)

Harry Chana, CPA, CA

Brian Morcombe, CPA, CMA

Mike Tucker, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D., CPA

  • Format Webinar
  • Credits 4
  • Level Intermediate
  • Field of Study Taxes (4)


Canada is the largest trading partner with the United States and opportunities for cross border work are abundant. Please join us for this educational program which will give an overview as to the Canadian system of taxation and other regulatory concerns for any U.S. company entering the Canadian market.

Major Topics:

  • Overview of Canadian tax system
  • Carrying on business in Canada
  • Withholding obligations for non-residents providing services in Canada
  • Canadian Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • Inbound Structuring Alternatives
  • Thin Capitalization—the Canadian approach
  • Inter-corporate loans and the Canadian income tax consequences
  • Recent federal budget international measures
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)/ Harmonized Sales Tax  (HST) overview
  • GST/HST registration requirements and review of return completion
  • Non-Residents and carrying on business for GST/HST purposes, including a review of typical scenarios
  • Common GST/HST errors, exposure issues, and resolutions
  • Application of Quebec Sales Tax (QST) to non-residents
  • When is registration typically required in Quebec
  • Provincial Sales Tax (PST) considerations
  • PST registration triggers in B.C., Saskatchewan, and Manitoba

Learning Objectives

  • Understand when a non-resident might have a taxable presence in Canada and the Canadian tax implications
  • Understanding when Canadian withholding taxes will apply when doing business in Canada and the non-residents Canadian income tax responsibilities
  • Review of the Canadian Voluntary Disclosure program  to mitigate penalties that may otherwise apply
  • Understanding various inbound structuring alternatives
  • Canadian income tax implications that may arise when there are cross-border inter-company loans
  • Thin Capitalization—Gain a better understanding of the changes to these rules as announced in recent Federal Budgets
  • Determine whether a non-resident company is required to register for GST/HST & QST
  • Identify common errors made by non-resident clients
  • Resolving GST/HST exposure issues that arise
  • Understand a non-resident’s responsibilities when selling to provinces with a PST
  • Identify if registration is required or whether obtaining exemption certificates is sufficient

Who should take this course:

Tax practitioners advising clients who are currently doing business in Canada or plan to do business in Canada in the future.








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