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 ...

Qualified Disability Trusts: The last of the Trusts with Graduated Tax Rates

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

My fellow bloggers have written about the elimination of the graduated tax rate system for testamentary trusts effective January 1, 2016, which means all trusts except the “Qualified Disability Trust” (“QDT”) and the “Graduated Rate Estate” (“GRE”) will be subject to the top rate of tax on income retained in ...

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 ...