TESTAMENTARY TRUSTS REDUX

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The will of a deceased taxpayer created a testamentary trust for the exclusive benefit of his spouse within the meaning contained in the Income Tax Act (“ITA”) and provided for a trust to be created for a child of the deceased taxpayer (“Child Trust”) to hold the residue of the ...

Contracting Out of Care Costs

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A common theme in this blog is that caring for your aging spouse may be difficult and stressful without a support network. When the “healthy” spouse is too old and fragile to provide care, additional support or alternate accommodations for the ailing spouse must be found. Unfortunately, when one 80-year ...

DECEASED RRSP TRANSFER TO SPOUSE: ESTATE TAX NOT AVOIDED ON A TECHNICALITY

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A couple of years ago, a fellow blogger wrote about the tax reporting and liability technicalities surrounding the transfer of RRSP’s on death to a spouse. As he wrote, the general rule is that upon death, the annuitant is deemed to have received the fair market value of the assets in ...