All About Estates

Category: Canadian and US Tax Treaty

Total 11 Posts

SHAREHOLDER REMUNERATION PLANNING

Business owners-managers put money in and take money out on a regular basis during the year, and at the same time often use the business bank account for what may appear to be personal expenditures. This often leads to shareholder advance balances at year end and some major bookkeeping challenges…

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OFFSHORE ESTATE PLANNING AND MONEY TRANSFERS: A WORD OF CAUTION

Just I am completing my personal income tax return and assisting many others with theirs, I continue to cling to the belief that most Canadians pay their fair shares of taxes. However, it appears many do not by “hiding” their money in offshore tax havens, sometimes under the guise of…

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INCOME FROM A U.S. TRUST: CAN IT EVER BE TREATED AS DIVIDEND INCOME?

Sometime ago, a relative of a Canadian taxpayer died in the US and she left her money in a charitable trust, with some of the income bequeathed to the Canadian taxpayer annually. The trust income is derived mostly from US dividends. With a series of proposed adjustments to her personal…

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CAPITAL DIVIDENDS FROM A TRUST TO NON-RESIDENTS – TAX ISSUES

Subject to the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act, a Canadian private corporation has a special corporate tax account known as a capital dividend account (“CDA”) which gives shareholders designated capital dividends, tax free. The CDA of a corporation may include the non-taxable portion of the company’s capital gains,…

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More on Graduated Rate Estates

At a recent conference of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was asked to respond to certain questions regarding Graduated Rate Estates (GRE’s), in particular around the actual definition of a GRE and its application to a situation where the deceased has more than…

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OWNERSHIP OF FOREIGN PROPERTY

The Huffington Post reports that over a third of foreign buyers of real estate in Florida are Canadians. Another article reports that Canadians are the leading buyers of US real estate. In earlier blogs I’ve talked about the specter of US estate taxes that arises when a Canadian dies owning US situs property, like real estate. Besides this complexity, the ownership of foreign property raises the potential for challenges in the administration of an estate. As a result, when developing an estate plan that includes foreign real estate it is important to consider a number of issues, some of which are…

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ALTERNATIVES TO ‘SINGLE-PURPOSE’ CORPORATION FOR U.S. ESTATE TAX PLANNING

If you have a “single-purpose” corporation for U.S. estate tax planning, this may be a good time to explore an alternative way of holding U.S. real estate.

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Tax Reporting Obligations for Trustee and Executor Fees

In general, the payment of amounts for services rendered triggers some form of tax reporting and often, an obligation on the payer to withhold and remit amounts on account of tax. Payments made to trustees and executors are no different.

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So You Want to Buy a U.S. Vacation Property…

As the thermometer continues to hover around the zero degree mark, many of us who live north of the 49th parallel begin to think about heading south to take up residence in one of the many sunnier climes the United States has to offer.

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Uncle Sam Sends a Small Gift for the Upcoming Holiday Season…

In my Blog of October 26, 2010, I described how the U.S. estate tax regime was in a state of flux. Without action by Congress before the end of 2010, U.S. estate taxes are set to revert back to the rates and exempt amount in effect in 2001.

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