U.S. Department of Labor Rule Broadens the Classification of Independent Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule addressing the definition of “independent contractor” in the context of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Canadian companies with a presence in the United States should monitor the proposed rule and its impacts on their American operations.  If adopted, the proposed rule would...

“ECI” and its Trap for Unwary Canadian Investors in Partnerships and LLCs

A Canadian which holds a partnership interest in a U.S. or non-U.S. partnership that has “effectively connected income” (“ECI”) is subject to U.S. tax withholding with respect to the Canadian partner’s allocable share of the partnership’s ECI.  That withholding tax must be remitted by the partnership to the IRS irrespective of whether any distributions are...

Revised Definition of an “Accredited Investor”

Effective December 8, 2020, the SEC’s definition of an “accredited investor” that is eligible to purchase securities in a private placement will be expanded to cover additional categories of investors, including investment advisers, individuals with certain professional certifications, and certain family offices, Indian tribes, governmental bodies, LLCs, funds and others.  For more details, click here....

Proposed SEC Exemption for Certain Finders

On October 7, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (”SEC”) proposed a new limited, conditional exemption from broker-dealer registration requirements of Section 15(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”) for “finders” who assist issuers with raising capital in private markets from accredited investors. The proposed exemption would permit natural...

At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings for Canadian Issuers

2020 is shaping up to the be the biggest year ever for at-the-market (ATM) financing programs, and Canada-US cross-listed companies are getting their share of the financing.  In the last three months alone, at least 14 Canadian issuers that are listed on a NYSE or Nasdaq exchange have filed with the SEC for at-the-market (ATM)...

The “Pot” Thickens – IRS Releases Marijuana Industry Resources

The IRS has released a new webpage dedicated to the marijuana industry to help growers, processors, researchers and retailers understand and comply with their U.S. federal income tax responsibilities. The IRS Marijuana Industry webpage covers numerous topics that may be relevant for businesses directly engaged in, or related to, the cultivation, processing and sale of...

Covid-19 Tax Relief Makes Winners out of Losses (for some)

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020 in the wake of the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, contained numerous changes to U.S. federal income tax law. One such change applied to the deductibility of net operating losses (“NOLs”). Legislation enacted in December 2017 commonly known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”...