DISPOSITION OF JOINT ACCOUNTS: THE LEGAL DOG WAGS THE TAX TAIL?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

In past blogs, my fellow contributors have written extensively about the legal and tax implications of joint accounts created primarily to avoid probate fees, but often leading to unintended consequences without the appropriate planning. Recently the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was asked to comment on the tax implications of the disposition ...

Estate of a Deceased Taxpayer and the Principal Residence Exemption

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Mr. Joe lived in a house with his second wife, Mrs. Adele until his death several years ago. The house was transferred to his estate and according to the terms of the trust, Mrs. Adele was provided with the right to occupy the house as long as she desired. ...

VALUATIONS AND REVERSING TAX REASSESSMENTS: Lessons learnt

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

I have been writing about valuations for estate plan agreements, highlighting that they should be based on fair and reasonable methods, prepared in good faith, properly supported and documented at the time of valuation. This approach to valuations should also apply to other estate planning and charitable giving arrangements. Take donations ...