RSM Canada buys two tax credit consulting firms

24 November 2021 Consulting.ca 2 min. read
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RSM Canada has bought two tax credit consulting firms: Guelph, ON-based Business Improvement Group (BIG) and Vancouver-based Revenue Services Group (RSG).

The pair of acquisitions will expand RSM’s credits and incentives practice and also establish a new office in Guelph.

The mid-market accounting and consulting firm will now have more than 600 people across offices in Toronto, Guelph, Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. RSM’s Vancouver office was launched earlier this year, with plans to grow to 150 employees over the next three years.

The BIG and RSG teams bring expertise helping companies benefit from Canada’s credits and incentives programs, including the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credit, media tax credits, and government grants.

BIG was founded in 2000 and has more than 25 employees, according to LinkedIn. The Guelph firm has submitted 10,000 successful projects to the CRA, with an approval rate of over 98%.RSM Canada buys two tax credit consulting firmsRSG was founded in 2004 and has more than a dozen employees, according to LinkedIn. The firm is one of Western Canada’s largest SR&ED specialists, and has worked with many mid-market accounting firms on SR&ED claims.

“Research and development are critical to the Canadian economy, and it’s exciting to welcome the knowledgeable BIG and RSG teams to our fast-growing credits and incentives practice in support of innovation and advancement in Canada,” said Harry Blum, managing partner of RSM Canada. “At the same time, we are pleased to expand our presence in Ontario with the addition of a new RSM Canada office in Guelph and to bolster our teams in other offices.”

The BIG and RSG teams will join the tax credits and incentives practice – which is headed by Danny Ladouceur – and transition to the RSM Canada brand upon the expected completion of the deal in December. RSM’s new Guelph office is located at 400 Michener Rd.

“In joining forces with RSM, we combine outstanding teams and provide new growth and development opportunities for all of our people at a firm that shares our commitment to exceptional client service and offers an aligned, award-winning culture,” said Brian Hartman, owner and co-founder of Business Improvement Group.

RSM Canada earlier this year welcomed Amy Shumate as head of its US tax practice.

Big Four firm KPMG in September acquired RDQ, a Joliette, QC-based consulting firm specializing in SR&ED tax credits and other incentives.