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Eastern Pompano Beach Is Open For Business

Eastern Pompano Beach has quickly positioned itself to become the next hot spot for development in South Florida. Investors are betting that recent public sector efforts will translate into a thriving community....more

CRA Provides Update On NPO Project

In 2009, the CRA commenced a broad review of the non-profit organization sector. You or your clients may have received a CRA questionnaire asking that the NPO provide information or documents in respect of its structure,...more

International And Transfer Pricing Audits: Toronto Centre Canada Revenue Agency & Professionals Breakfast Seminar

At the Toronto Centre Canada Revenue Agency & Professionals Breakfast Seminar on February 18, 2014, the CRA provided an update on international and transfer pricing audits. The slides can be found here. The discussion was led...more

House Democrats Encourage FTC Scrutiny Of Consumer Reporting Agencies’ Add-On Products Marketing

On December 18, a group of House Democrats sent a letter urging the FTC to focus on the online marketing of products and services by consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). The lawmakers assert that CRAs “often require consumers...more

Editorial: Who’s The Fairest Lender Of Them All? As Government Scrutiny Intensifies, Don’t Get Snowed Under By Fair-Lending Laws

In the past few years, the federal government has devoted substantial resources to scrutinizing and litigating what it perceives to be unfair, deceptive or abusive mortgage-lending practices. Looking forward, all indications...more

Prudential Regulators Address Impact Of QM Lending On CRA Ratings

On December 13, the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the OCC, and the NCUA issued an interagency statement to clarify safety and soundness expectations and CRA considerations in light of the CFPB’s ability-to-repay/qualified...more

Regulators Revise Interagency Q&A on the Community Reinvestment Act

Recently, the federal banking agencies—the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation—issued revisions to Interagency...more

Prudential Regulators Clarify Supervisory Approach Relative to CFPB Mortgage Regulation

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “Prudential Regulators”) have...more

CRA Announcements re Regulation of Registered Pension Plans

The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Registered Plans Directorate (RPD) recently made two announcements that plan sponsors and administrators should be aware of: (i) a project to assess the compliance of DB plans; and (ii) a...more

CRA Considers Tax Treatment Of Crowdfunding

Hot on the heels of the CRA’s recent publication of a “fact sheet” on its views on the tax treatment of Bitcoin currency (which has been in the news recently), the CRA has published two technical interpretations on the tax...more

Agencies Release Final Revisions to Interagency Q&As Regarding Community Reinvestment

On November 15, the federal bank regulatory agencies with responsibility for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rulemaking published final revisions to Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment. The...more

Highlights From The Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar (Objections And Appeals) – November 6, 2013

On November 6, 2013, at the Toronto Centre Canada Revenue Agency & Professionals Breakfast Seminar, representatives from the CRA provided an update on objections and appeals. Anne-Marie Levesque, Assistant Commissioner...more

Unhappy Returns? The CRA Interprets Subsection 220(3) Of The Income Tax Act

In CRA Document No. 2013-0487181I7 “Extension of the reassessment period” (July 12, 2013), the CRA was asked to provide its views on the operation of subsection 220(3) of the Income Tax Act. ...more

Take A Chance: Judicial Review Of The CRA’s Discretionary Power Under S. 152(4.2) Of The Income Tax Act

In Radonjic v. The Queen (2013 FC 916), the taxpayer brought an application for judicial review of the CRA’s refusal to make certain adjustments to the taxpayer’s tax returns after the normal reassessment period had...more

New York Department of Financial Services Proposes Slumlord Prevention Guidelines for Bank Lending

The New York Department of Financial Services released proposed Slumlord Prevention Guidelines for banks lending to landlords in multifamily properties. In announcing the new guidelines and state Community Reinvestment Act...more

CFPB Issues Guidance Bulletin on Furnisher’s Duty to Investigate

The CFPB issued a guidance bulletin setting forth its expectations for how companies that supply information for credit reports, commonly referred to as furnishers, should comply with the requirements of the Fair Credit...more

Federal Regulators Issue Fourth Quarter CRA Examination Schedules

On August 30, the OCC and FDIC published schedules of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) examinations to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

CFPB Issues FCRA Compliance Guidance

On September 4, the CFPB issued Bulletin 2013-09, which addresses a furnisher’s obligations in connection with a dispute forwarded to it by a consumer reporting agency (CRA). The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) generally...more

Canada’s Taxpayer Ombudsman Addresses Fear Of Reprisal

In the August 2013 edition of Perspectives, Taxpayer Ombudsman J. Paul Dubé highlighted the recent addition of Article 16 to the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights protecting taxpayers against any possibility of reprisals by the...more

Realtors Could Be Liable For Large Condominium Tax Bills

As we reported back in April, the CRA is increasingly challenging Canadians’ designation of their condominium unit as their principal residence. The distinction can result in a tax bill of tens of thousands of dollars....more

Get It Right The First Time: Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. v. The Queen

In Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. v. Queen (2013 TCC 259), the Tax Court of Canada dismissed an application by Newfoundland Transshipment (“NTL”) for an order to extend time to serve notices of objection for its 2002 to 2005...more

FTC Announces Consumer Reporting Settlement

On August 15, the FTC announced that it obtained a settlement from a Certegy Check Services, Inc., a check authorization service company and consumer reporting agency (CRA) that compiles and uses consumers’ personal...more

Canada Revenue Agency Provides Update On Rulings And GAAR At Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Group Breakfast Seminar

On June 6, 2013, at the Toronto Centre CRA & Professionals Breakfast Seminar, the Canada Revenue Agency discussed (a) recent developments at the Income Tax Rulings Directorate and (b) the process through which the General...more

Tax Topics - March 21, 2013: "You Can't Always Get What You Want (But If You Try Sometimes, You Might Get What You Need)"

Originally Published in CCH Canadian Ltd. on March 21, 2013. One might think that it would go without saying, but obviously not, that the Tax Court of Canada is neither a court of equity nor a section 96 court. That...more

Foreign-Based Requirement Under Section 231.6 Of The Income Tax Act Upheld By The Federal Court

The Canada Revenue Agency had an important win this week in its efforts to access information outside of Canada. On March 20, 2013, the Federal Court issued its decision in Soft-Moc Inc. v. M.N.R. 2013 FC 291, dismissing...more

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