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A literary time capsule

Author: Elizabeth Bozek, LLB, Estate and Trust Consultant, Scotia Wealth Management. I recently attended the Young Women in Law’s 8th Annual Charity Gala  where Margaret Atwood was the keynote speaker. Her talk was equal parts funny, touching, topical and eloquent.  Inspired to look into what else Ms. Atwood is up…

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TRUST REPORTING: NEW REQUIREMENTS COMING SOON!

Under the current rules, a trust only needs to file an annual tax return but generally does not need to file the return if it does not earn an income or make any distributions in the year. (Notwithstanding that the Canada Revenue Agency has increased its demand for “nil returns”…

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Supreme Court likely to leave Henson Trusts alone

A month from now, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case that may provide some guidance on the issue of what interest a beneficiary of a discretionary trust has in that trust. The high court has granted leave to appeal in the case of S.A. v. Metro Vancouver…

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To vary or not to vary

The Canada Revenue Agency recently responded to a ruling request as to whether or not a proposed amendment to a trust agreement could be so significant to cause a resettlement of the trust, or a disposition of a beneficiary’s interest in the trust Before the enactment of variation of trusts…

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Trust Allocations and Gifts to Family Members

A common estate planning technique is to structure a family trust which owns the shares of a small business corporation in such a way that allows each beneficiary (most commonly being members of the taxpayer’s immediate family – spouse and/or children) to participate in the sale or disposition of the…

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The Principal Residence Exemption and Qualified Disability Trusts

I previously blogged about changes that could be made to the current qualified disability trust (“QDT”) rules to make them more flexible. In that blog I briefly referred to changes to the principal residence exemption that limit the types of personal trusts that can use the exemption, one of which…

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Henson Trusts Revisited

In January, the British Columbia Court of Appeal released its decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (“S.A.”), 2017 BCCA 2, dismissing the appeal of S.A., who was the original Petitioner. In its reasons, the B.C. Court of Appeal includes a discussion of trusts commonly referred to as “Henson…

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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…

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Occupation of the Principal Residence held in an Alter Ego Trust

The CRA was asked whether the fact that the spouse of the settlor/beneficiary of an alter ego trust inhabits the principal residence of the trust would taint the trust for the purpose of subparagraph 73(1.01)(c)(ii) of the Income Tax Act (“subparagraph 73(1.01)(c)(ii)”). The CRA’s response was favourable. It explained that…

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Contributor/settlor Taxable Income and T3 Reporting Requirements

As most trust and tax practitioners know, The Income Tax Act (“ITA”) will attribute trust income, losses, capital gains and capital losses to the contributor / settlor if certain conditions are met. The 2016 T3 Guide states the following: Certain related amounts, including taxable capital gains and allowable capital losses…

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