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Sales Tax

Ryan is the recognized authority on Canadian sales tax. No other sales tax review process is more thorough, accurate, or authoritative.

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Ryan has been a valued partner of H&M Canada during our growth from one store in 2004 to nearly seventy stores and growing, helping us navigate the complex sales tax landscape and minimize our tax liabilities.
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Sales Tax

In an age where tight budgets, scarce resources, and crushing deadlines are the norm in most accounting departments, Ryan’s federal and provincial sales tax review process leverages the most advanced proprietary tax review software in the industry to conduct the deepest, broadest, and most accurate sales tax reviews available today.  Our consultants are trained and experienced in the procedures required to conduct a review with minimal disruption to you or your office staff. And when our on-site work is finished, you receive a confidential seven-part Reporting Package that includes full details of all refund opportunities, valuable process improvement information, an audit trail to source documents, and the information digitally, professionally presented in a custom binder—all backed by the highest level of post-engagement support in the industry today!

Ryan deploys the most experienced teams of tax professionals ever assembled, all with decades of multi-jurisdictional tax experience, to recover significant client sales tax savings. No other sales tax review process is more thorough, accurate, or authoritative. Covering all federal and provincial sales taxes, Ryan ensures that you pay only the taxes you owe.  Leveraging Ryan eReview®—the most advanced proprietary tax review software in the industry for identification and analysis of potential federal and provincial sales tax savings opportunities—Ryan provides clients with the deepest, most accurate analysis of Canadian sales tax recovery opportunities available in the industry.  

Ryan delivers a comprehensive reporting package at the conclusion of every sales tax review to help ensure our clients benefit from future tax savings, risk reduction, and process improvement. These actionable reports give detailed insights into taxes reviewed, savings opportunities realized, reasons behind the refunds, audit trails to source documents, instructions for making claims, exposures noted, and much more. In addition, each of these reports contains a wealth of valuable process improvement data that helps improve financial management, making our clients more efficient, accurate, and compliant.

Identifying client tax-saving opportunities and securing a refund is only one aspect of the Ryan value proposition. We share knowledge and best practices for improving tax performance by offering the most comprehensive post-engagement tax support services available in the industry. We maintain a comprehensive tax library subscribing to every information service across the country, so when there is a change in legislation or administrative policy, you’ll always be in the know through our proactive and timely Ryan Tax Alerts.

Ryan Training offers a range of professional education options designed to ensure that our clients administer taxes correctly and efficiently, so that they can avoid the consequences of paying too much or too little. We offer professional development credits to all attendees, and the manuals included in our courses serve as valuable reference guides. 

And Ryan TaxDirect® is the only service in Canada that instantly connects you to a seasoned tax specialist dedicated to providing fast, accurate answers to important tax questions. Ryan TaxDirect® is exclusively available to our clients and staffed by experts whose overriding priority is to handle tax inquiries, so there’s no waiting. Our clients get the answers they need—when they need them.

Ryan manages the audit process from beginning to end, ensuring that we minimize our client’s burden to the fullest extent possible. Our professionals handle the arduous process of producing records and securing files required to build the case, determining which issues merit an appeal and the likelihood of success for each. We manage the day-to-day information flow between our client and the taxing authority to ensure timely, complete, and accurate responses and assist with accelerated dispute resolution processes to reduce the costs and other burdens associated with audit defence activities. As needed, we meet with auditors, dispute resolution officers, administrative hearings attorneys, and other agents to clearly identify all positions that impact our client’s ability to achieve a favourable outcome. 

Ryan represents our clients’ interests during tax audits to ensure they pay only their fair share of taxes. Our Audit Representation provides a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Audit coordination
  • Audit review and opportunity assessment
  • Audit sampling analysis and evaluation
  • Controversies and appeals
  • Responses for information and document requests
  • Risk assessments
  • Tax audit representation
  • Tax compliance and reporting evaluation
  • Taxability determinations
  • Voluntary disclosure and registration

Ryan’s dedicated professionals specialize in research and advisory services related to Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST), Quebec Sales Tax (QST), and all Provincial Sales Tax (PST). Our tax experts are available for hourly-based advisory services to train clients to deal with any eventuality, whether it results from relocating an accounts payable function, specific billing issues, setting up a new business in Canada, and more. 

We support complex projects that include the Canadian tax aspects of enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation, tax automation programs, expense reporting, customer-facing issues, comprehensive exposure reviews, system confirmation and remediation, audit management, corporate reorganizations, and more.  With ongoing relationships with all Canadian jurisdictions, we have the expertise to assist in contesting assessments, defending audit issues in advance of assessment, and successfully submitting voluntary disclosures. Our comprehensive suite of tax advisory services includes:

  • Audit Defence
  • Audit Management
  • Claims Preparation and Recovery
  • Comprehensive Exposure Reviews
  • Custom Seminars
  • Due Diligence Reviews
  • ERP Installation Assistance
  • Expense Reporting
  • Financial Institution Allocation Issues
  • GST/HST/QST Registration Number Validation
  • Pension Filings
  • Registration Assistance
  • Ruling Requests
  • Tax Matrices
  • Tax Research
  • Voluntary Disclosures

Ryan’s Tax Compliance Outsourcing services help clients effectively manage their compliance processes, allowing them to focus on the broader strategic vision for total tax performance. Our comprehensive suite of outsourced tax compliance services are designed to streamline tax operations and provide a proven approach to compliance management and reporting.

Our professionals possess a breadth of expertise in tax administration and process improvement, delivering a tremendous return on investment and providing a wealth of best practices, as well as a proven roadmap for enhancing the strategic value of the tax department. We assist clients in proactively managing costs and employee resources, eliminating manual processes, minimizing overpayments and errors on returns, and reducing risk and the likelihood of notices and penalties.

Ryan’s comprehensive end-to-end Tax Compliance Outsourcing services include the extraction, manipulation, compilation, and accumulation of our client’s tax data required to prepare and file all requisite client commodity tax returns for GST/HST, QST, and provincial sales taxes.   We’ll submit requests for payment to the appropriate client personnel to remit any tax liability indicated, and resolve all notices related to any returns, including assisting with desk audits as required.  Finally, we’ll prepare account reconciliations for the sales tax accounts, prepare journal entries to account for the related tax liabilities and refunds, and provide copies of returns and filing confirmations together with all supporting documentation.

Additionally, for corporations entering the Canadian market, Ryan’s Tax Compliance Outsourcing services will arrange for registrations in the appropriate jurisdictions and will also assist with the monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements. We also provide assistance regarding obligations to meet the requirements of the Excise Tax Act related to pension plans, specifically with respect to the deemed supply from employer to pension plans, and with respect to the filing requirements for selected listed financial institutions.

Industry-Leading Support Services

There are many factors that have contributed to Ryan’s Canadian tax leadership position, but by far the most critical is our single-minded focus on, and dedication to, achieving the highest quality results for our clients.  We deliver ongoing value by providing the most comprehensive suite of post-engagement support services in the industry today.

Ryan Training

Canadian federal and provincial sales taxes are complex—and new changes and interpretations occur every month. Ryan Training™ offers a range of professional education options designed to ensure that our clients administer taxes correctly and efficiently, so that they can avoid the consequences of paying too much or too little. We offer professional development credits to all attendees, and the manuals included in our courses serve as valuable reference guides.

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Ryan TAXDIRECT

Ryan TaxDirect® is the only service in Canada that instantly connects you to a seasoned tax specialist dedicated to providing fast, accurate answers to important tax questions. Ryan TaxDirect® is exclusively available to our clients and staffed by experts whose overriding priority is to handle tax inquiries, so there’s no waiting. Our clients get the answers they need, when they need them.

Industry-Leading Tax Services

Knowledge Services

Ryan clients have the advantage of accessing a wealth of current information and cutting-edge analysis from the industry’s most seasoned Canadian tax professionals. We identify and document numerous issues, exposures, risks, and savings opportunities, covering all federal and provincial taxes, and then package this knowledge into a variety of formats and services to support our clients.

Industry-Leading Tax Services

Integrated End-to-End Tax Services

Ryan is focused on your overall tax performance—providing innovative solutions to the underlying causes of the errors we identify—and creating greater opportunities to measure and improve your efficiency, develop a more strategic approach to tax, and deliver outstanding value to your shareholders.