Message from the Executive Director

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September 2020


Hello to all CTF members—

I hope that you enjoyed the last weeks of August and were able to spend some time this summer relaxing with friends and family. In this unusual year, most of us have limited our holiday plans to “staycations,” but fortunately, as Canadians, we have the good fortune to live in a beautiful country with many lovely areas close at hand to explore.

At the Foundation, we have had a productive summer. One of the key goals of our strategic plan, adopted by the Board of Governors a few years ago, was the expansion of our digital offerings. This goal suddenly became more important as of this spring, with the pandemic-driven travel restrictions and limits on in-person gatherings, which remain in place. I would like to update you here on some steps we are taking to better support the Canadian tax community through our virtual services.

The Canadian Tax Foundation's Research Centre is Canada's premier collection of current and historical materials on taxation, public finance, and fiscal policy, and it is one of the largest tax libraries in the world. Research Centre staff are available by phone and email to answer questions and to conduct research on behalf of our members, using current electronic tax databases and print materials to help you find the information you need.

For those members who prefer to access the material themselves, we have made two recent improvements. First, our digital collection was recently expanded, and further additions are planned. The new material includes a selection of historical print publications (full-text PDFs) that reflects the development of income taxation in Canada. The selection includes archival income tax books, federal budgets, tax reform publications, special reports, the Carter report, Joint Committee submissions, and more. We also launched, earlier this month, an updated online catalogue that permits users to search our collection. Another new offering is a series of research guides on specific topics (for example, tax treaties, tax policy, and the digital economy), to which new guides will be added over time.

The next area I would like to highlight is TaxFind. When we rolled out the new platform two years ago, we committed not only to continually upgrading the technology but also to enhancing the content. We have made good on that commitment. The recently published 5th edition of Taxation of Private Corporations and Their Shareholders is now included in TaxFind at no extra cost. This classic text is our most popular publication in both of its formats: hard copies of the book are selling very well, and the content is currently the most frequently searched material in TaxFind. Earlier this month, we also added to the database Income Tax at 100 Years, a fascinating collection of papers written to mark the 2017 centenary of the Income War Tax Act. The inclusion of this content, which explores the economic and legislative history of taxation in Canada, to TaxFind, has been much requested, and I am very pleased to make it more widely available.

Finally, I would like to update you on our conferences. We hope that a return to in-person events will be possible sometime in 2021. In the interim, we are looking forward to sharing some great content by virtual channels this fall. In a few weeks, we will present the first in our series of digital events designed to deliver timely, high-quality tax programming to our members across Canada. Details regarding The Foundation Conferences: Building Your Tax Expertise—a unique collection of four virtual events, with content catering to all tax professionals—are on our website. Interest thus far has been keen, with great early registration numbers, and I encourage you to take a look. All of these events will offer opportunities for interaction with the speakers, and will generate comprehensive papers that will make their way to TaxFind.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.

See you next month.

Heather L. Evans,
Executive Director and CEO