Archive for the ‘Investments’ Category

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 ...

Redeemable Preference Shares: Accounting Proposal might complicate estate tax plans

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Estate and succession planning arrangements often involve the creation of redeemable and retractable preference shares to “freeze” the value of a business to permit the transfer of the business’ future growth to designated successors. This is commonly found in estate planning arrangements for family owned businesses but it is also ...

Voluntary disclosure – a refresher

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was recently asked to speak about their rules regarding tax relief and the late-filing of certain foreign reporting forms. Their answer was as expected and should be of interest to trustees and executors. A taxpayer has failed to make certain foreign reporting filings on a ...