Cross-Border Tax
Podcast Series
Everything you need to hear about cross-border tax planning

Today’s businesses are focused—perhaps more than ever—on expanding and crossing Canada’s borders in order to evolve and grow. While taking your business across the border can bring significant opportunities, it also carries risk when it comes to tax issues and rules.

In our latest podcast series, BDO Canada’s Tax Team talks about the most important elements of a cross-border tax plan that can minimize overall tax obligations and liabilities while ensuring full compliance with local regulations.

Topics include:
  • Insights on navigating the evolving landscape of e-commerce
  • Considerations for companies moving finance operations into Canada
  • Tax implications of hiring or moving employees for companies coming inbound into Canada
  • CUSMA and global tax trends
  • Outbound Investment tax issues facing Canadian companies
  • Tax and HR issues when dealing with cross border employees
  • How companies can maintain financial security and efficient business operations during the COVID-19 crisis
  • The impact of Base-Erosion and Profit Shifting or BEPS on companies who have global operations

Additional podcast episodes will be released over the coming weeks. Subscribe to receive the latest news on cross-border tax and visit this site for the latest podcast episodes. 
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Episode 11: Navigating the evolving landscape of e-commerce (17 mins)

The steady rise of online transactions has led to significant changes in e-commerce sales tax rules for Canadian companies and those based abroad doing business within Canada. To help you navigate this evolving landscape, BDO Indirect Tax professionals Brian Morcombe, Bruce Goudy, and Mélanie Camiré provide an overview of the new e-commerce sales tax rules in Canada and explore how they apply to online games of chance in Ontario, which became the first province to regulate the industry.


Episode 10: Considerations for companies moving finance operations into the Canadian marketplace (16 mins)

Many corporations are looking to invest and expand into jurisdictions outside of their own. We outline several important aspects that multinationals should keep in mind when financing business operations in Canada.

Issues covered include debt financing (intercompany and third party debt), trends in the M&A and capital market space, debt capacity analysis, interest deductibility rules, and cross-border loans. BDO Partner and Transfer Pricing Practice Leader Angeline Chandra is joined by Jamal Hejazi, Chief Economist for BDO Canada, and Hetal Kotecha, BDO Partner and Leader of the Toronto M&A Tax Practice, to present a short economic analysis and outline these topics for the audience.


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Episode 09: Implications of hiring or moving employees for companies coming inbound into Canada (12 mins)

Companies coming into Canada face a variety of human resource challenges. In this episode, we discuss the tax pitfalls of moving employees into Canada or hiring within the country.

Issues covered include employee vs. independent contractor; the employment structure used, such as Global Employment Companies (GECs), Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs), Employers of Record (EORs); and method of compensation, such as equity compensation. BDO Tax Partner Debra Moses—alongside Marie Neill, BDO Senior Manager from our Expatriate Tax services team—offer reliable answers to these urgent challenges.


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Episode 08: Navigating Customs & Global Tax Trends (29 mins)

New and updated trade agreements are shifting the way we approach supply chain structures and immigration, as well as shaping tax trends at a global level. To help you expand your business and form a solid strategy in the movement of good across borders, people between countries or the cost of taxation, BDO Tax professionals Brian Morcombe, Charmaine Goddeeris, Doreen Buksner and Hetal Kotecha provide practical guidance and actionable solutions in this week’s podcast episode.


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Episode 07: Expanding outside of Canada and setting up business operations in foreign entities (10 mins)

Expansion is an exciting time for business owners, and a solid tax strategy is key to growth across the border. This episode explores the Issues that can arise when Canadian companies set up business operations in foreign entities. In part two of this mini-series, BDO Tax Professionals Dan Lundenberg, Angeline Chandra and Daren Raoux guide us through these important steps.


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Episode 06: What are the unique tax issues facing Canadian companies expanding outside of Canada? (23 mins)

What works from a Canadian context does not necessarily work when you cross the border. What should Canadian companies be thinking about when expanding outside of Canada, and to on pressing U.S. tax issues should they focus? BDO Tax Partner Dan Lundenberg is joined by tax experts Jill Birks and Gil Lederhos to answer key expansion questions in part one of a two-part mini-series.


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Episode 05: Employee matters and the cross-border tax issues (16 mins)

Tax, immigration, and HR issues can be complicated when dealing with cross-border employees. What are the federal and state income tax exposures, and how do you ensure a smooth process at all levels of the organization? In mobility situations, who should quarterback the project and balance the needs of both the organization and employee? BDO Tax Partner Debra Moses is joined by tax experts Daren Raoux, Jay Park, and Kevin Macnab to unravel these complex issues.


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Episode 04: Tax considerations when multinational companies are moving good and services across borders during COVID-19 (14 mins)

The movement of goods and services across borders triggers a number of tax considerations. How has COVID-19 affected the transfer pricing policies and indirect taxes approach by multinational companies? BDO Tax Professionals Angeline Chandra, Bruce Goudy, and Therese Garcia explore these concepts and more.


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Episode 03: Managing the workforce for multinational companies during COVID19 (24 mins)

Governments across the world have implemented various economic stimulus packages to assist individuals and businesses. Have you been wondering which relief programs are available to multinational companies and to what extent—especially when it comes to managing your workforce? Angeline Chandra, Joanne Sun, Kareen Tea, and Laura Ball are Tax experts at BDO Canada who will navigate you through these questions.


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Episode 02: The impact of BEPS on multinational enterprises and various workforces (20 mins)

Canadian tax, customs, and global workforces can be difficult to navigate. What exactly is GST and HST and how do these taxes work alongside BEPS to level the playing field? Why is tracking your employees and proper documentation so key in the global workforce? BDO Tax Practice leaders Brian Morcombe and Debra Moses join Tax Partner Harry Chana to help answer these questions in the final episode of the mini-series.


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Episode 01: What is BEPS and the tax challenges of the digital economy? (14 mins)

The world of tax is constantly changing and often complex. What is BEPS, pillar two of the OECD, and the concept of substance in transfer pricing, and how do they all impact businesses crossing the border? BDO Tax Partner Harry Chana, alongside BDO Cross-Border Tax professionals Rita Trowbridge and Dan McGeown, unpack these concepts in part one of a two- part mini-series.


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