Valuations for estate planning arrangements and tax disputes.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I was at a conference for professional valuators and appraisers from around North America. There was a session devoted to the do’s and don’ts when dealing with the tax authorities on disputes with valuations, presented by two gentlemen with considerable experience with tax disputes on both sides of the border. I ...

Attendant care payments

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

With an aging population comes the importance of attendant care of the elderly and disabled. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was recently asked about the taxation of amounts received for attendant care services provided to a spouse or child and returned with a pleasantly surprising answer. A child received a ...

Better late than never…or not

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Canada Revenue Agency recently wrote about a whether a late-filed election to retain the principal residence status will be accepted. When the use of a property that is a principal residence is changed from being owner-occupied to a rental property the CRA considers the owner to have sold and reacquired ...