Sept. 24, 2020 - Introduction Parliament passed on July 27, 2020, the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) (Time Limits Act), which we summarized in a previous bulletin. Briefly, the Time Limits Act automatically suspends statutory time limits for federal civil proceedings for six months and...
Canadian Tax Highlights: Québec Ombudsman Lambastes Revenu Québec
The public protector (or ombudsman) is appointed by the Québec National Assembly with the mandate to “intervene . . . whenever [s]he has reasonable cause to believe that a person or group of persons has suffered or may very likely suffer prejudice as the result of an act or omission of a public body.” The public protector enjoys extensive investigatory powers, and her jurisdiction extends to Revenu Québec. The public protector regularly intervenes in audits, collection disputes, file processing, and other disputes with Revenu Québec after receiving complaints from taxpayers. The 2013-14 annual report, tabled on September 18, 2014, made headlines because of its searing indictment of a wide range of audit, collection, and customer service practices in which Revenu Québec officials “use, or in some cases, misuse, conferred powers to claim amounts that threaten the viability of businesses, without properly supporting their conclusions.” This article summarizes the report’s comments on Revenu Québec.
Aug. 25, 2020 - The federal government passed legislation on July 27, 2020, extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and significantly broadening its reach. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive review and analysis of the CEWS program, including details of the latest updates and key considerations...