Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Eight Tips for Preventing Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations

Many organizations feel that, due to their small size, they are not susceptible to fraud. Unfortunately, this is not true. Even the smallest of organizations have been, and can be, targets of fraud. In fact, smaller organizations have disproportionately large losses from asset misappropriation, and are much less likely to recover from a fraud. This is due to the fact that they often employ friends, family and other “trusted individuals,” and rely on trust rather …

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Beware of telephone scams

Beware of New Telephone Scams

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is noting an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not, and is asking Canadians to beware—these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft. The following article is based on information from the CRA website. Some recent telephone scams involve threatening taxpayers or using aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Victims receive …

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A Buy/Sell Clause Helps Prevent Business Divorces from Getting Messy

Business partners set up shop with the best of intentions. It’s a relationship that must be built on mutual trust and respect. But no matter how strong a personal or professional relationship is at the outset, shareholder conflicts and other events may occur that can affect the continuity of the business operations. A mechanism and process that establishes the ground rules for the orderly transfer of the businesses shares caused by unforeseen conflicts or events …

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What to Expect when the CRA Contacts You

Identifying Legitimate Communications from the Canada Revenue Agency

Scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees continue to contact Canadians, misleading them into paying false debts. These persistent scammers have created fear among people who now automatically assume that any communication from someone representing the CRA is not genuine. This article will remind Canadians that the CRA does indeed contact taxpayers by phone, email and mail for legitimate reasons. The following tips will help Canadians identify legitimate communications from the CRA. To identify …

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Can an Owner-Manager Deduct Employment Expenses on their Personal Tax Return?

Can an Owner-Manager Deduct Employment Expenses on their Personal Tax Return?

If you are an employee of a business, you may have the opportunity to deduct expenses on your personal tax return that are required under your contract of employment. To claim work-related expenses, an employee needs to obtain a certified Form T2200 from their employer. If you are a shareholder-employee of the company, can you deduct employment expenses? Based on the Tax Court of Canada’s decision in the 2009 Adler case, the answer appeared to …

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