All About Estates

Category: Trustee

Total 55 Posts

Estate and Trusts with Foreign Properties and/or Transactions: Update on Reporting Implications

Sometime ago, I wrote that the Income Tax Act requires persons and partnerships to file information returns in respect of foreign property ownership (specified foreign property in excess $100,000) and transactions with non-residents . This extends to trusts and estates. Those who file such a return late or do not…

Continue Reading

Canada Pension Plan Survivor Benefits

It’s no surprise that when one spouse dies there may be a sharp decline in household income suggesting some time is spent planning for the change.  A recent article (http://www.advisor.ca/tax/tax-news/shedding-light-on-the-cpp-survivor-benefit-241094?email=yes) shed light on the CPP survivor benefit that is both interesting and worthy of note. A survivor for purposes of…

Continue Reading

So, you want to be an Executor – Take Heed!

Today’s blog was written by guest blogger Wendy Templeton. Wendy Templeton practices in the area of Wills, trusts, tax and estates at LLF Lawyers LLP in Peterborough. She is a well-known author and lecturer and currently contributes to the Diploma Program of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners of Canada (STEP),…

Continue Reading

The Living Hands that Control the Graves

As a law student, my trust law professor brought in a “dead hand” to help us remember the rule against perpetuities. The prop was effective: I have not forgotten that the rule stops trust property from being governed indefinitely from “beyond the grave.” While principles of trust law helpfully prevent…

Continue Reading

The Honour of Being Named a Trustee?

When you are appointed to act as a “trustee”, you are being asked to take on the control and management of property, but for the benefit of other persons, called the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are usually family members of the person who established the trust.  The person who established the…

Continue Reading

Family trust and double tax

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued a technical interpretation on the tax treatment of trust income where there was a distribution from the trust to beneficiaries who weren’t entitled to the distribution in the first place. The trust was established for the benefit of children who were minors at the time of…

Continue Reading

Friends Helping Friends – Then Forgetting About It

When asking a friend for a financial favour, people often fail to document their actions and decisions as thoroughly as they should – the trust people have in their friends frequently translates into a belief that they do not need to pay attention. Regardless of whether the trust was deserved,…

Continue Reading

QUALIFIED DISABILITY TRUST (“QDT”): HOW TO FILE A JOINT ELECTION?

Recently, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) issued a “how to file” the joint election for a trust to be a QDT: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t3qdt/README.html From 2016 forward, this form is to be used if one or more beneficiaries are jointly electing that the trust be designated to be QDT for the year….

Continue Reading

Taxpayers have rights too!

As a Canadian taxpayer either alive or their estate, you (or your personal representative) has rights in your dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as follows: To receive entitlements and to pay no more and no less than what is required by law. To service in both official languages….

Continue Reading

RRIF rollovers and grandchildren.

Can RRIF proceeds paid after death to a testamentary trust, and used to purchase an annuity for the deceased’s grandson, qualify for a tax deferred rollover? The Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was recently asked to rule on the following set of circumstances and facts. The grandson’s parents were incapable of caring for him and he…

Continue Reading