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Review this submission paper to learn about Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)’s position on the issue of contingency fees for third-party preparers of claims for the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program.
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Many organizations hire accounting firms to help them navigate the complex criteria of the SR&ED program and prepare their claims. These organizations then pay the accounting firms a contingency fee, calculated as a percentage of the tax credit they receive. Concerns have been raised, however, that an excessive amount of government stimulus spending is being diverted to third-party consultants.
CPA Canada has responded with this submission paper to the federal Department of Finance that explains how and why contingency-based fees encourage more taxpayers to participate in the program and ultimately increase their SR&ED investments. As this document makes clear, these arrangements enhance the overall tax system’s fairness, effectiveness and efficiency, without significantly diverting an undue proportion of the government’s innovation funding.
It’s said that a crisis brings out the best in people and, in most cases, that’s true. But there is a dark side to tough times, as fraudsters prey on people who are uncertain and looking for easy answers.
March 18, 2020
The federal government’s actions and fiscal support to address the widespread and devastating economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are welcomed by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).
Listen to this special edition Practitioner’s Pulse webinar where we answer some frequently asked questions around practice management issues and some key financial reporting and auditing implications of COVID-19.