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  • The Canada Revenue Agency provides the Dedicated Telephone Service (DTS) for small and medium income tax service providers. By using this service, income tax service providers can connect with experienced CRA officers from the Income Tax Rulings Directorate who will be able to help them interpret the provisions of the Income Tax Act.
  • The BC Securities Commission has made available its slide presentation, COVID-19: Continuous Disclosure Obligations and Considerations for Issuers.
  • The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants has released a Staff Questions and Answers on COVID-19: Ethics and Independence Considerations to help professional accountants around the world navigate ethics and independence issues that might arise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Canadian Public Accountability Board also put together a FAQ on COVID-19’s implications on public company audits.
  • The Canadian Securities Administrators is providing temporary relief from some regulatory filings required to be made on or before June 1, 2020. The blanket relief will provide a 45-day extension for periodic filings normally required to be made by issuers, investment funds, registrants, certain regulated entities and designated rating organizations on or before June 1, 2020. This will include financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, management reports of fund performance, annual information forms, technical reports, and certain other filings.
  • The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued various guidance, directives and staff notices for reporting issuers impacted by COVID-19.
  • For those who have US reporting issuers, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is providing PCAOB-registered audit firms an up to 45-day relief period from inspections, with the exception of providing the Board access to audit documentation for certain engagements. Inspections are expected to resume beginning May 11, 2020.
  • Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FINTRAC continues its work on fighting money laundering and has recently released pandemic guidelines for all reporting entities.
  • The Canadian Tax Foundation has consolidated the latest updates from the Canada Revenue Agency and other latest news for tax professionals.
  • The Canadian Association of Government Financial Officers (CAGFO) has a COVID-19 resource page with curated, timely and relevant publications (including webinars, articles, blogs).
  • CPABC offers member savings on various resources that can assist you during the COVID-19 pandemic, including savings on E-Courier, Clearly Payments, and Staples Canada.