All About Estates

John Oakey

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National Tax Director for Baker Tilly Canada. John has extensive experience with Canadian corporate and personal income taxes with specialization in the areas of corporate reorganizations, estate planning, succession planning and tax compliance. He also has significant experience dealing with GST/HST issues and U.S. citizen cross-border tax reporting issues.

Trust and estates beware of the new Underused Housing Tax

The recently enacted Underused Housing Tax Act[i] (UHTA) applies a one per cent tax on the ownership of vacant or underused housing in Canada. Per the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) published notification[ii] on Jan 17, 2023, “the vast majority of Canadian owners of residential property are excluded owners and, therefore,…

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Reversionary trusts – an interesting technicality

Co-author: Rock Lapalme, CPA, CA, TEP (Associate Director of Tax – Baker Tilly Canada) Most practitioners are aware that subsection 75(2) of the Income Tax Act (ITA) may apply to a trust and will attribute all income or loss from a trust’s property back to the person (transferor) from whom…

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Beneficial ownership reporting for trusts – the uncertainty is almost here!

The beneficial ownership reporting for trusts (BORT) rules, originally announced in the 2018 Federal Budget on February 27, 2018, has made its way into the House of Commons. The original draft legislation released by Department of Finance on July 27, 2018 was updated on February 4th and on August 9th…

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Principal residence – deceased vs. estate (Part 2): Time is of the essence

In my previous blog, Principal residence – deceased vs. estate, I discussed the opportunity for an estate to claim a capital loss on a property that was previously the principal residence of the deceased and carry it back to the deceased’s final tax return under subsection 164(6) of the Income…

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Principal residence – deceased vs. estate

The over-heating of the housing market that started in 2021 is starting to slowly cool off as a result of rising interest rates. This cooling of the over-heated housing market has given rise to a potential scenario that was originally addressed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in a technical…

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Beneficial ownership reporting – beware of penalties

Proposed regulation subsection 204.2(1) of the Income Tax Act (ITA) introduces a requirement for all trusts, that are required to file a return of income, to provide additional information[1] for each person who, in the year, is a trustee (or protector[2]), beneficiary or settlor[3]. This additional information includes: name, address,…

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Disability Tax Credit – 2021 Federal budget proposals – now law

The 2021 Federal budget[1] announced proposed changes to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to broaden its scope and provide more clarity.  These proposed legislative changes are now law with an effective date of January 1, 2021[2]. The Disability Tax Credit A taxpayer has access to the DTC when Canada Revenue…

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The evolution of trust drafting

A trust indenture established today looks nothing like a trust indenture established 10 or 20 years ago. The evolution of trust drafting, and the rigid legalese once used for trusts has given way to language that better anticipates the myriad of potential scenarios typically faced by today’s clients. This evolution…

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A family trust and its beneficiaries – think twice before including your niece or nephew

Discretionary family trusts used to be a staple in most private company corporate structures. The income splitting benefits were obvious, and professionals were more than happy to implement a family trust in almost any corporate structure. The popularity of using family trusts eventually led to complacency from some professionals in…

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Crypto assets – Canadian or foreign – it matters!

Crypto assets are intangible digital assets that exist on a decentralized network through distributed ledger technology (DLT) – such as blockchain. A distributed ledger is a type of database that stores electronic records shared and replicated across many locations in numerous countries and maintained by a peer-to-peer world-wide decentralized network….

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