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Category: Canada Revenue Agency

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Trust Return Due Date on Wind-up

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently provided its view on the due date of a trust information and income tax return (T3) in the year a trust is wound up. Where a trust is wound up by distributing all of its property to its beneficiaries, does the T3  have to be…

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Donation Shelters: A Tale of Financial Misadventure

Due to my conservative nature and my belief that something that looks too good to be true often is, I have been always nervous about people participating in what appear to be very aggressive charitable donation shelters and people who promote them, particularly shelters which appear to catch the attention…

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Trust Claiming a Capital Gain Reserve

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) answered several questions regarding a scenario in which a trust claims a capital gains reserve. When a trust claims a capital gains reserve, and the amount of the reserve is included in income in the subsequent year and flows through the trust to a beneficiary, does…

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CRA Keeps A-Knockin’ (and Can Come In)

Estate trustees be warned: you may be held personally liable for failure to pay the estate’s taxes and/or the tax arrears of the deceased. When estate trustees are advised of this fact by their lawyers, pains are taken to soften the blow. CRA tends to be more blunt. Following the…

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PLANNING AND ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE DISPOSITION OF REAL ESTATE

I am in the middle of a very difficult Canada Revenue Agency audit of a taxpayer’s claim for the principal residence exemption. It now appears the property in question,  built by my client some 25 years ago may not qualify for the full exemption due to the fact that the…

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Tax implications of losses incurred in a fraudulent investment scheme

All to often it is the elderly and disadvantaged who are taken advantage of in fraudulent investment schemes. The Canada Revenue Agency recently released some general information that applies to taxpayers who participated in what reasonably appeared to be a legitimate investment for income tax purposes. Generally speaking, an amount…

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PENSION PLAN LUMP SUM PAYOUTS

This fact scenario is based on a situation presented to me recently and I appreciated the opportunity to being “re-educated” on the tax treatment of pension plan lump sum payments. A taxpayer’s spouse retires as a teacher and elects to start receiving her guaranteed pension. A couple of year later,…

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Trust reporting requirements

The Department of Finance recently released draft legislation for consultation.  The draft rules serve to implement measures announced in the 2018 Federal Budget including rules affecting trust income tax reporting. For trust returns that are required to be filed for the 2021 and subsequent taxation years, Budget 2018 proposed that…

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TFSA’s and Residency

Recently, one of my blog colleagues wrote on the residency rules regarding tax free saving accounts (TFSA’s). Generally, as an owner of TFSA, if you leave Canada, the accumulated funds may remain in the TFSA without Canadian tax consequences. You can’t make any further contributions but you can make withdrawals….

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Form T3010 Registered Charity Information Return and the CRA’s Initiatives

In order for a charity to maintain its charitable status, the Form T3010 Registered Charity Information Return (“T3010 Information Return”) must be filed each year within 6 months following the end of the charity’s fiscal period. Approximately two years ago, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) created an infographic to remind…

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