All About Estates

Category: Small Business

Total 17 Posts

DEATH BENEFITS: CAN THEY BE APPLIED TO THE INCORPORATED OWNER-OPERATOR?

A death benefit is an amount received after a person’s death for their employment service. In general, any amount up to $10,000 received is not subject to tax, pursuant to regulations contained in the Income Act (“ITA”). What if the deceased was the sole shareholder of a corporation and received…

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ATTRIBUTION RULES AND PLANNING REVISITED

Recently the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) issued a technical interpretation on the application of the income attribution rules under the Income Tax Act (“ITA”) which serves as a good primer particularly when a personal representative is looking at the deceased’s prior year returns with joint accounts and the potential…

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CAPITAL DIVIDEND ACCOUNT ELECTIONS AND THE DATE GONE WRONG?

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the capital dividend account (“CDA”) is often a central feature of tax planning for individuals with private corporations with the opportunity to make tax-free distributions to shareholders on the disposition of certain capital assets. It gains particular focus in estate planning scenarios and…

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Determining the CAPITAL DIVIDEND ACCOUNT BALANCE: no longer a shot in the dark?

The capital dividend account (“CDA”) is a tax free surplus account within a private corporation which gives shareholders designated capital dividends, tax-free. The CDA typically contains the non-taxable portion of the company’s capital gains net of capital losses, capital gains received by other companies, proceeds of life insurance on death…

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SHARES ISSUED FOR NOMIMAL CONSIDERATION: BE WARY OF VALUATION

Recently, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was asked to comment on the tax consequences that may result from implementing an estate planning or income splitting arrangement which involves the issuance of shares that entitled the holder to discretionary dividends, for nominal consideration. The CRA was presented with a hypothetical small…

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ESTATE FREEZES AND CORPORATE ATTRIBUTION RULES: A QUICK REFRESHER

When an individual taxpayer transfers or loans directly or indirectly property to a corporation, certain provisions of the Income tax Act (“the Act’) may deem the transferor to have received annual interest income on the property at the prescribed rate as set out in the Regulations of the Act. The…

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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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Grandfathered insurance policies

When the stop-loss rules were enacted, they contained grandfathering provisions that provided relief on dispositions of shares pursuant to “grandfathered agreements” or related to “grandfathered insurance policies.”

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Private company shares and life insurance

It is not unusual to see a corporate beneficiary of a life insurance policy collect the insurance on the death of the insured shareholder. Depending on the circumstances, there are creative ways to use the insurance to benefit such persons as the deceased’s estate or other shareholders of the company.

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