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GGFL Named a Top Ten Employer in Ottawa

GGFL Named a Top Ten Employer in Ottawa

GGFL is very pleased to share the news that we have been awarded a 2019 Employees’ Choice Award as one of the top ten employers in Ottawa. The Employees’ Choice Awards celebrate companies whose employees say they are engaged in their work and feel connected to their place of employment. GGFL has always strived to […]

GGFL Open House For Coop Students

GGFL Open House For Coop Students

This September, GGFL will be hosting two office tours for accounting students interested in learning about our coop opportunities. The tours will include a Q&A with partners and former coop students, as well as games and food from some of Westboro’s finest. When? University of Ottawa Accounting Students Thursday, September 5th 1pm-3pm Click here to […]

Client Portal Training Videos

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In the videos below, we answer some of the most common questions about GGFL’s Sharefile client portal. To access the portal, please click here. A step-by-step guide to creating your Sharefile account on GGFL’s client portal. How to download files from your Sharefile account. How to upload files to your Sharefile account.

How To Cut Out The Guesswork And Bid Smart on Construction Projects

How To Cut Out The Guesswork And Bid Smart on Construction Projects

Competition is tough for construction companies. There are contracts to be had but they are increasingly more difficult to win. To be competitive, and win those contracts, these are some basic financial questions that company owners should be asking themselves. What profit margin should I use to bid on the job? I want to keep […]

Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Determining whether you’re an employee or a contractor is a critical decision with important consequences for both the worker and payer (the company, employer or individual paying for the work). Employee or contractor? It might sound like an easy distinction to make, but it is not. This article covers both the factors CRA uses to determine the tax treatment, and the advantages and disadvantages for the individual in each circumstance.

Consider compliance and tax implications on U.S. residences

Consider compliance and tax implications on U.S. residences

Although Snowbirds who own property in the United States might find relief from winter, it can produce unexpected financial and compliance headaches for those who don’t take the time to figure out the tax implications if they decide to sell or rent.

Monica Martinez, GGFL’s U.S. and cross-border tax principal, knows that it’s complicated and involves dealing with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Her best advice: “Come and see us at GGFL. It is well worth it for the peace of mind.”

Paying dividends to family members

Paying dividends to family members

Personal taxation for families that operate a business through a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation has drastically changed since the announcement of the new Tax on Split Income (TOSI) rules for adults in July of 2017.  Prior to the changes, a shareholder could receive unlimited dividends.  However, under the new rules, it is very difficult to pay dividends to family members and have those dividends taxed at their marginal rates, unless they are working full-time in the business.

Don’t be found GILTI

Don’t be found GILTI

In December 2017, the U.S. introduced sweeping tax reforms that included the introduction of a new tax on international income called the “Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income” (GILTI).

Beginning in 2018, this tax would require U.S. shareholders of controlled foreign corporations (CFC) to include on their personal U.S. tax returns any income earned by the corporation in excess of a 10% return on the corporation’s tangible depreciable capital property.  In future years, practitioners must carefully plan for the impact of this tax.