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Canadian Snowbirds Buying U.S. Property

Canadian snowbirds flock to Florida to assess the damages caused to their vacation homes following Hurricane Irma. For those who find their homes destroyed by the powerful storm, they may wish to buy new properties altogether.  There are various ways to buy a vacation property in the U.S. and things…

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Budget 2017 – Ecological Gifts Program

On March 22, 2017 (“Budget Day”), the Federal Government tabled the second budget (“Budget 2017”). While Budget 2017 focuses on building and supporting a strong middle class and economic growth, there are no new tax incentives for the charity and not-for-profit sector. The most significant development to the charity and…

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NEW TAX MEASURES RELATED TO DISABILITY PLANNING

In my last blog I began a discussion of multiple wills. I will continue that discussion in my next blog. For today’s blog, I will focus on two recently-announced tax measures that relate to planning for persons with disabilities. The measures were included in the legislative proposals relating to the Income Tax Act (“ITA”) released on September 16, 2016.

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WARM AIR IS NOT A MEDICAL SERVICE

A recent decision from the Federal Court of Appeal contains sad news for snowbirds and those who struggle with long, Canadian Winters. In Canada v. Tallon, the Federal Court of Appeal was tasked with determining whether travel to warmer climates could under appropriate conditions be considered a medical service. The taxpayer sought to deduct expenses related to such travel as medical expenses for the purposes of the medical expense tax credit as defined in subsection 118.2(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

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Bozzer Wins! More Interest Relief Available under Fairness Provisions

While in my last few blogs I’ve focused on knowing when your will plan isn’t simple, today I’ve asked my partner, David Fox to blog on a recent development in the fairness provisions applied by Canada Revenue Agency. David is a partner in our Tax group. He brings to your attention what practitioners consider to be a welcome clarification of the fairness provisions available to taxpayers who may owe interest in respect of income taxes owing from tax years ten or more years old. What follows comes to you from David…

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