News from the profession


A court case from Nova Scotia reinforces the need for tax advisors to tread carefully when communicating with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on their clients’ behalf. An article from the Canadian Tax Foundation explains.

Explore the future of the internet in this Q&A with Sue Gardner, former executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. She also shares what to expect in her keynote at The ONE 2016.

Learn how digital fluency, the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective, is helping to close the gender gap and level the playing field for women at work.

You’ve spent the summer lounging and puzzling over Pokémon Go. Now it’s time to resume fulfilling your CPD requirements. Coming up this fall, these conferences, courses and webinars will give you a professional edge.

Beginning with this issue, Member News is offering readers an additional topic — sustainability. Although sustainability is not new territory for the profession, we’re giving it greater prominence.

Comment on the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB)’s draft of its next strategic plan, which outlines the vision, mission, strategic objectives and actions that will guide its standard-setting activities for the next three years.

Read this global PwC study on what the world’s largest companies look for in their leaders. This year’s report takes a special look at outsider CEOs and the circumstances in which they are being hired.

A transfer in wealth from baby boomers to younger generations is underway, and it’s reshaping the banking industry. See what Forbes Insights has to say about the future of wealth management and the successful use of technology.

As president of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants, Jackie Poirier, FCPA, FCGA, leads an organization that spans half the globe. She explains how CPAs influence decisions beyond the Canadian border.

Our February 2016 webinar with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sparked plenty of questions: about common errors, tax preparer registration, CRA’s Liaison Officer Initiative and the underground economy. Now we have answers.

Rather than letting your ideas and attention wander, it’s important to focus on the initiatives that are necessary to move your organization, career and personal life forward. Bob McCulloch, executive coach and strategic consultant, explains.

The future looks bright for a career in finance. By focusing on five areas highlighted in this CFO research survey, finance professionals can thrive and become a business partner of choice in their enterprise.

As cognitive computing becomes part of our everyday world, it has the potential to radically redefine how companies deliver products and services, engage and interact with customers, learn and make decisions.

Immigrants drive our economy, help bridge the demographic gap and will play an important role in the accounting profession’s future. CPA Magazine investigates the issue.

Why does your organization exist – and does it effectively align with your mandate? It’s an important consideration for organizations that want to stay relevant and enhance performance. Bob McCulloch, executive coach and strategic consultant, explains.

Aggressive tax avoidance is a serious issue that affects corporations, international governments and the economy. Learn more about how the OECD is working to give governments the required tools to identify unacceptable tax practices.

Male and female leaders approach their jobs the same way, but the workplace ethics environment is tougher for women according to a study of gender in the workplace.

Gord Nelson, CPA, CA and chief financial officer of Cineplex Inc., has been named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016. Nelson chats about his multifaceted job and the need to anticipate, rather than react to, the changes in how people want to see movies.

It all starts with good parenting. That may be cliché, but it’s true. If you want to raise money-smart kids, you must have tough conversations as early as possible.

Tax education, dispute resolution and ethics for tax practitioners — these were just a few topics on the agenda when Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) tax leaders met for three days in Toronto in April 2016.

This global research study shows that while 64 per cent of businesses regard email as a major cyber-security threat to their business, 65 per cent don’t feel fully equipped to defend themselves against these attacks.

Learn about the linkage between effective internal audit leadership and the value delivered by internal audit functions. Strong internal audit leadership can be a key lever to drive improved stakeholder alignment and increased value contribution.

Some significant changes are proposed in the 2016 federal budget for indirect tax. How will new regulations on HST/GST for registered charities and financial institutions impact your work?

Keeping your head above water in April is tough. Our tax expert explains how the CRA’s new online features help you deal with the slips, receipts and data needed to prepare personal tax returns.

How do we reduce complexity in the tax system? Some think a flat tax is the answer. But is it really? Or is this more a matter of “be careful what you wish for”?

Keep up with the latest thinking on tax from CPAs in Canada with our regular roundup of tax-related alerts, articles, white papers and thought leadership releases.

CPAs are on the rise as senior executives in the not-for-profit sector. It's because they make financially and socially astute leaders, leveraging their knowledge to streamline operations, skilfully manage limited resources and embrace accountability.

Learn why cyber breaches and insider threats, which include malicious insiders stealing, manipulating or destroying data, are the fastest-growing risks driving investment in forensic data analytics.

On April 1, 2016, Joy Thomas will take over as president and CEO of CPA Canada, the world’s fifth-largest accounting body. Joy chats about the job, her expectations, and her plans to take the profession into the future. She also invites you to send in questions.

International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council celebrates the day and weighs in on the work that’s still needed.

Each year, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officials answer questions from Alberta CPAs on income tax and GST/HST issues. Find out what topics were clarified at the 2015 roundtable event.

Learn about the link between diverse workforces and higher financial performance.

Canada is becoming a formidable leader in global markets for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED). Learn how the SR&ED tax incentive program helps support the commercial viability and impact of organizations across the country.

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