DEDUCTIBILITY OF EXECUTOR EXPENSES

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Generally speaking, an executor who earns fees in the course of carrying on a business may deduct the expenses net of any estate reimbursement against the fees in computing net income for tax purposes. An executor who is not performing their duties in the course of carrying on a ...

Costs and Proportionality: Marcus v. Cochrane 2014 ONCA 207

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Marcus v. Cochrane (released March 20, 2014) provides a clear statement of the court's willingness to take a hard look at the proportionality of costs awards, and reduce costs substantially, if necessary. The appeal arose out of a claim that Louise Marcus (“Marcus”) brought ...

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

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Income Tax Act (“ITA”) requires persons and partnerships to file information returns in respect of foreign property ownership and transactions with non-residents. This extends to trusts and estates. Those who file such a return late or do not file one on demand are liable to a penalty or penalties. ...