All About Estates

Derek de Gannes

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Derek A. de Gannes: Senior Director, Private Client Services of RSM Canada. RSM Canada is committed to the highest level of integrity, quality and professionalism and provides clients with solutions in the area of Audit, Tax and Transaction Services. Email: derek.degannes@rsmcanada.com

TOSI and the Estate Plan

Since 2018, the tax on split income (TOSI) rules have impacted common estate planning practices. While much of the TOSI focus is on planning during one’s lifetime, post-mortem planning strategies have also been affected. It follows that a post-mortem planning strategy must now be considered in light of TOSI, as…

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Death of a Beneficiary – Alter Ego and Joint Spousal Trusts

At a recent tax conference, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) shared its view on reporting a post-mortem loss incurred by a trust in the first year following the death of the last life interest beneficiary (the settlor in the case of an alter ego trust, and the last to die…

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Proposed relief for inter-vivos trusts

A recent letter from officials of Tax Legislation Division provides hope for trusts established for an individual eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to qualify for the principal residence exemption. Specifically, the letter addressed concerns raised by an adviser in respect of her client regarding the benefit of the…

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Comfort Letter Provides Hope for Non-resident Beneficiaries of Graduated Rate Estates

A recently released letter from the Department of Finance to the Joint Committee on Taxation recommends changes to enacted tax rules that would provide relief from Canadian withholding tax on estate distributions to non-resident beneficiaries of a graduated rate estate. Budget 2018 included a widened surplus stripping rule applicable to…

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Henson Trusts

Qualifying for support under various government disability programs in the form of cash payments or benefits often means that a recipient must have income and assets below a certain level. Without careful planning an intended inheritance may unintentionally serve to cut off a beneficiary’s government support. A Henson Trust allows…

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Application of Reasonable Return – TOSI

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was recently asked their view on whether the “reasonable return” exception in would apply to preclude the application of the tax on split income (“TOSI”) rules. An adult individual who is resident in Canada (“Spouse A”) incorporated a company (“Opco”) to operate a non-services business….

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Attribution under 75(2)

Income attribution rules, generally speaking, operate so that income of one person (the actual recipient of the income) is attributed to and becomes income of another person (the transferor). Whether or not income which is subject to subsection 75(2) is first and foremost income of the trust itself can be…

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The perils of home purchase loans

Executors and personal representatives are tasked with making sure the deceased’s tax obligations are properly dealt with out of the deceased’s estate. An issue that may arise in the course of dealing with the obligations is how to deal with loans and advances from a private company. The Canada Revenue Agency…

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Changes to a Trust Agreement

The Canada Revenue Agency recently responded to a ruling request as to whether or not a proposed amendment to a trust agreement could be so significant to cause a resettlement of the trust, or a disposition of a beneficiary’s interest in the trust Before the enactment of variation of trusts…

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A TFSA loses its tax exempt status

The income tax treatment of a trust and its beneficiary where the trust lost its status as a tax-free savings account (TFSA) because it contravened the registration restriction on borrowing money was the subject of a recent Canada Revenue Agency(CRA) technical interpretation. The trust continued to exist for several years…

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