Archive for the ‘Investments’ Category

DECEASED RRSP TRANSFER TO SPOUSE: ESTATE TAX NOT AVOIDED ON A TECHNICALITY

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A couple of years ago, a fellow blogger wrote about the tax reporting and liability technicalities surrounding the transfer of RRSP’s on death to a spouse. As he wrote, the general rule is that upon death, the annuitant is deemed to have received the fair market value of the assets in ...

The Substantial Presence Test

Friday, February 13th, 2015

In the administration of an estate, you may need to determine if the deceased who was a frequent traveller to the U.S. was in fact a U.S. resident, therefore required to make US income tax filings. An individual is considered to be a U.S. resident for any calendar year in which ...

2015 Investment Review

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

This is my 5th annual year end investment review for Trusts.   As I have indicated in the past, Trustees are accountable for a prudent investment policy. This includes a review of the performance of the investments in the Trust. For Trusts that hold a portfolio of marketable securities, a fundamental element ...