A new regulation under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act mandates basic safety awareness training for all Ontario workers and supervisors – with a specific focus on small business and vulnerable workers.
Here is an issue you might need to keep in mind in the coming months. As it stands, a recent United States tax law will require Canadian banks nd other financial institutions (including credit unions, pension managers, insurance companies, and others) to provide some Canadian (and American) citizens’ information to the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which is set to come into effect through 2013 and 2014, aims to catch tax-evading “US persons” living abroad, including those with dual US-Canada citizenship
When I think about taxes—as one can’t help around this time of year—I find it nearly impossible not to think about the trouble our representatives put us through—not only in tax season, but throughout the year. Except for a few lucky individuals, taxes are confusing; if they weren’t, we wouldn’t need a massive (and growing) class of citizens to explain them to us—or to simply take them out of our hands. And when politicians say they want to make taxes simpler or less burdensome—and they often do say these things—they almost always want to add some tax measure or another (i.e., complicate matters) rather than take any away (i.e., simplify).