TEI Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Voluntary Disclosures Program
On November 15-16, 2016, representatives from Tax Executives Institute, led by 2015-2016 International President for Janice Lucchesi, met with officials from Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Department of Finance to discuss tax policy and administrative matters.
The agendas for the meetings on income tax matters were prepared by the Institute's Canadian Income Tax Committee, whose 2016-2017 chair is Paul Magrath of AstraZeneca Canada, Inc. John Schoenecker of the Institute's legal staff coordinated the preparation of its agendas.
On November 15 and 16, 2016, members of TEI’s Canadian Income Tax Committee met with members of the Canada Revenue Agency and Department of Finance Canada to discuss various tax administrative and enforcement issues. CRA and Finance have provided TEI with responses to the questions posed.
On March 17, 2016, TEI submitted a letter to the Canada Revenue Agency recommending certain changes to paperwork requirements surrounding Regulation 102, specifically to Form RC473. The letter discusses concerns that taxpayers might have with completing that form, as well as other requirements that might be counterproductive toward encouraging taxpayer compliance with Regulation 102.
TEI's Canadian Income Tax Committee prepared this letter. Grant Lee chairs the Committee, and TEI Tax Counsel John Schoenecker coordinated the preparation of TEI's comments
TEI Requests CRA Include Employer-Provided Gift Cards in Policy of Not Including Value of Small Gifts as Income to Employees
On February 9, 2016, TEI submitted a letter to the Canadian Revenue Agency recommending that certain employer-provided gift cards be included in the CRA's policy of not including small employer-provided gifts as income to employees. The letter discusses why including gift cards into this policy increases choices for recipient employees and maintains the policy’s purpose of reducing the administrative burdens on employers who would otherwise have to track the value of such gift cards for tax purposes.
On November 17-18, 2015, representatives from Tax Executives Institute, led by 2015-2016 Vice President for Canadian Affairs Lynn Moen, met with officials from Canada Revenue Agency and the Canadian Department of Finance to discuss tax policy and administrative matters.
The agendas for the meetings on income tax matters were prepared by the Institute's Canadian Income Tax Committee, whose 2015-2016 chair is Grant L. Lee of HSBC Bank Canada. John Schoenecker of the Institute's legal staff coordinated the preparation of its agendas.
TEI Comments on Proposed Canadian Legislation Effecting Reporting of Qualified Non-Resident Employees
On October 12, 2015, TEI submitted a letter to the Canadian Department of Finance suggesting further legislative changes surrounding Regulation 102 in the form of (1) allowing self-certification as to “qualifying non-resident employer” status and (2) eliminating the $10,000 threshold for T4 reporting requirements. The proposed legislation would require employers to obtain advance certification from the CRA before being considered a “qualifying non-resident employer” as well as reporting on form T4 of all “qualifying non-resident employees” who make more than $10,000.