21 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Jeff Auclair-Pilote, Senior Auditor (Saint-Félicien office), who received the CPA Recruit of the Year Award from the CPA du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean group on March 10, 2016.

Youth, leadership and skill

Jeff’s candidacy was notable for several reasons. As someone who cares about the economic growth of his region, he has participated in numerous chamber of commerce social and community activities, chaired the CPA student committee at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), served as Vice-President of sponsorships for the 2013 and 2014 Commerce Games and founded the UQAC tax clinic, a free tax return assistance clinic. Although he is only 25 years old, Jeff is already recognized as an exceptional leader whose skills and relationship abilities are major assets supporting the development of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the community.

Congratulations to Jeff on this recognition that reflects on the firm and illustrates our professional team’s great expertise!

CPA du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Regional Group Grants Jeff Auclair-Pilote CPA Recruit of the Year Award

Jeff (middle with trophy) poses with his award and colleagues Jean-François Guimond, Manager, Karen Savard, Senior Auditor, Marc Lévesque, Partner, Frédéric Morin, Manager and Mélissa Tremblay, Manager.

About the CPA Recruit of the Year Award

The CPA Order’s CPA Recruit of the Year Award is intended to recognize the determination, dynamism and contribution of new members who have demonstrated leadership or successfully met various challenges in the professional world and in the community. The CPA Recruit of the Year Award is intended for Order members in public practice, business, government or education.

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18 Mar 2016

QUEBEC CITY, March 17, 2016 – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton publishes its budget tax bulletin containing a summary of the main tax measures announced by Finance Minister, Carlos Leitão. This document, prepared by a team of tax specialists in the lock-up, provides a broad view of the main tax measures and may be consulted at www.rcgt.com/2016-2017QCBudget.

The firm wishes to highlight a number of budget measures while emphasizing the need to implement new ones to further stimulate the economy.

Yes to the balanced budget…

First, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton acknowledges the strategic measures to support economic growth. “Education is the cornerstone of societal development and the Firm is pleased to see more extensive government investment in our up-and-coming talent. The $500M increase in student services over the next three years is an effective way to support the success of future generations and tomorrow’s leaders who’ll be heading our economic drivers, our businesses,” stated Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO.

We also cannot deny the contribution of measures to support businesses. “Our businesses have a significant tax burden, SME leaders will be happy to learn that they will benefit from additional payroll tax relief. This reduction will represent a total of $94M starting this year and $385M by 2021, $101.5M more than previously announced. Moreover, the tax reduction for income attributable to marketing a Quebec-developed patent, which drops from 11.8% to 4%, will provide some breathing room for innovative corporations,” added Tax Partner Luc Lacombe.

Yes to stimulating the growth potential of businesses

According to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, in this budget, the balance sought between living within our means and stimulating economic growth should have given more weight to the latter option to avoid further hampering the growth potential of Quebec and its wealth creators.

The Firm believes that reducing corporate tax rate is more than a necessity, particularly in light of the difficult economic situation being experienced by many SMEs.

The Firm therefore reiterates its recommendation to eliminate income tax on the first $500,000 of an SME’s income. “If Manitoba could do it for small businesses in 2010, Quebec could also introduce such measures. The resulting savings should be invested in upgrading equipment, improving performance, creating jobs or any type of innovation program that improves productivity and methods. It would be a growth-generating approach to reduce SMEs’ tax burden and provide the means to invest where they need it most,” stated Jean-François Thuot, Tax Partner and Tax Services Leader.

Introduction of an innovation tax credit would have also benefitted entities wishing to introduce innovations and modernize their equipment. As a reminder, the current tax credit for scientific research and experimental development is only available to entities conducting research. Implementation of such a credit would support business growth, as the Firm recently reminded the government.

Succession and business transfers

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton invites the government to quickly set up a fund to assist businesses so they can call upon external professionals to support them in their transfer and success plan process. “Our businesses need to prosper over the long term. It’s important that business sellers be properly supported to ensure an efficient succession. Succession planning spans many years and, unfortunately, only 9% of business owners have a formal, written plan. Quebec can no longer afford to lose its wealth creators,” emphasized Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region Vice-President and National Business Transfer Leader, Éric Dufour.

“When it comes to intergenerational business transfers, the Quebec and Canadian governments need to act quickly to harmonize their legislation to create a true impact for our wealth creators. In fact, the Québec government needs to go a step further and amend article 517.1 of the Quebec Taxation Act for all businesses in all industry segments. This is essential if business transfers are to be more effective,” added Imbriglio.

The President and CEO concluded saying “The government made a very good decision by implementing the new rules for transferring family businesses in the primary and manufacturing sectors immediately rather than waiting until January 2017. This should now be done for all businesses in all sectors.”

The measures proposed to the Quebec government in a letter addressed to Finance Minister Carlos Leitão may be viewed at the following address: www.rcgt.com/consultation-budgetqc-2016-2017 (French only).

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,500 people, including some 230 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, help dynamic Canadian organizations unlock their potential for growth with over 4,300 people and some 140 offices across Canada. Grant Thornton International Ltd provides clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 130 countries, with over 40,000 people.

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Source:

Francis Letendre
Senior Consultant – Public Relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
letendre.francis@rcgt.com

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16 Mar 2016

As a contributor for Les Affaires, Taxation Partner Luc Lacombe discusses additional income and the importance of declaring everything.

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16 Mar 2016

A free online test gives you an accurate portrait of your money habits and behaviours

MONTRÉAL, March 15, 2016 – Did you know that more than two out of five Quebecers say they are somewhat or very anxious about their financial situation? That one third of the population has dipped into their savings to pay for current expenses in the last two years? And that, in Quebec, one out of four people are unable to save?

These are a few of the numbers revealed in an exclusive survey recently carried out by Léger Marketing for Raymond Chabot, a subsidiary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, on Quebecers’ financial habits. The survey reinforces the fact that personal finances still remain a headache for most of the population. “This survey shows that many Quebecers experience difficulty in meeting their financial obligations,” explains Éric Lebel, Partner, Trustee and Financial Turnaround Consultant at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. “We want to help people get a better handle on their behaviour when it comes to personal finances so they can reduce the related stress levels. This is why we’ve designed a test to start the conversation on money issues to break down the taboos about the topic.”

The survey, part of the ongoing awareness campaign, Ne perdez pas vos moyens launched in 2015 by Raymond Chabot, paints a picture of Quebecers’ financial habits and reveals:

personal finance management habits

  • attitudes and behaviours towards money
  • credit card habits, and
  • saving habits

Some points in the study warrant special attention, such as:

Two out of three people (66%) consider themselves in debt.

  • Only one out of five responders say they respect their monthly expenses budget.
  • One out of six Quebecers (14%) is not always able to pay monthly bills.
  • More than two out of five people (43%) are not always able to pay off their total credit card balance and one out of six never do.
  • Close to three out of ten Quebecers (28%) admit to regularly making compulsive purchases while a quarter frequently regret a purchase because they didn’t have the means.
  • About one in ten people spend more than half their net monthly income to pay for rent or the mortgage.
  • In the event of job loss, close to half of Quebecers (46%) don’t have a sufficient financial cushion to maintain their lifestyle for three months.
  • In Quebec, about one in four people are unable to save.

Financial gymnastics: A reality for many Quebecers

The survey also painted five different profiles of Quebecers based on their financial habits: lion tamer, magician, juggler, contortionist and daredevil. About a third (34%) of responders are magicians, flamboyant, impressive, knowing how to get attention by making spontaneous purchases, while 19% are jugglers, at times bohemian, who like to have fun, and, as long as the winds are favourable, everything is in order. An equal proportion (19%) are contortionists, all hands and feet tangled up trying to make ends meet. The other two categories, the lion tamer (16%) and the daredevil (13%) are polar opposites. Lion tamers are in perfect control, they plan each and every move carefully, while the daredevil has no fear, likes to try new things…and spends.

Raymond Chabot developed a free online test available at raymondchabot.com/en/test which enables users to discover their money-related behaviour. “We encourage all Quebecers who are stressed by their financial situation, whether because they can’t pay their debt, respect their budget or simply do the things they want, to take this test,” says Éric Lebel. “Based on their profile, they can get tailored advice that will help them adopt good financial management habits so that they won’t get in over their heads.”

 Methodology

The survey “Habitudes financières des Québécois” (“Quebecers’ financial habits”) was conducted from December 3 to 12, 2015, based on the responses of 1,002 Quebecers aged 18 and up who could speak French or English. The results were sorted according to gender, age, language spoken at home, education and children in the family in order to make the sampling representative of the entire population studied.

About Raymond Chabot Inc.

For more than 30 years, Raymond Chabot, a subsidiary of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, has specialized in insolvency and the financial turnaround of individuals and businesses. With a team of 200 professionals working in 115 offices, including one in New Brunswick, six in Ontario and 108 in Quebec, it is a leading Quebec network of financial turnaround consultants and trustees. Handling nearly 10,000 files per year, Raymond Chabot stands out through its expertise and human approach.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,500 people, including some 230 partners. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, help dynamic Canadian organizations unlock their potential for growth with over 4,300 people and some 140 offices across Canada. Grant Thornton International Ltd provides clients with the expertise of member and correspondent firms in more than 130 countries, with over 40,000 people.

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