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  • Extract from  Canada Revenue Agency web site in connection with interest rates for the third calendar quarter of 2014:
    • The interest rate used to calculate taxable benefits for employees and shareholders from interest-free and low-interest loans will be 1%.
       
  • Extracts from the Budget at a glance by the Minister of Finance of Quebec:
    • New deficit targets: $3.1 billion in 2013–2014 and $2.35 billion in 2014–2015. Return to a balanced budget projected for 2015–2016
    • 21% reduction in tax assistance for businesses
    • Reduction from 8% to 4% in the general tax rate for manufacturing SMEs
    • The government’s objective is to cut the cost of administrative formalities imposed on businesses by 20% by 2015
    • Establishment of the Société du Plan Nord to coordinate development with all partners
    • $1.2 billion for municipal, sports, community and recreational infrastructure
     
  • Extracts from the Budget in Brief by the Minister of Finance of Canada:
    • Increases support for small business owners, farmers and fishermen by
      raising the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption to $800,000 and indexing
      the new limit to inflation, at a cost of $110 million over five years.
    • Despite continued uncertainty in the global economy, the Government
      is on track to return to balanced budgets by 2015–16.
       
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