All About Estates

Category: US Taxes

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Corporately-Owned Insurance, Redemption Obligations and the U.S. Supreme Court

Canadian estate and tax advisors may want to consider the case Connelly v. Internal Revenue Service, No. 23-146[1] (U.S. 3/27/24).  The U.S. Supreme Court (“SCOTUS“) issued its decision on June 6th and it serves as a good reminder of the implications of corporately-owned life insurance in the context of cross-border…

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Equalizing an Estate Where One of More Children are U.S. Persons and Planning Strategies Where There Are U.S. Beneficiaries; Part II

  Happy Friday, everyone. As a reminder, this is Part II of a three-part blog series. Part I can be found at the following link: Equalizing an Estate Where One of More Children are U.S. Persons and Planning Strategies Where There Are U.S. Beneficiaries; Part I – All About Estates…

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The Importance of the U.S. Federal Transfer Certificate

Canadians often misunderstand (or are unaware) that the U.S. estate tax may apply to their estate.  Indeed, if a Canadian dies owning U.S. situs assets with a gross value exceeding USD $60,000, their estate will have to file a U.S. estate tax return and, depending on the worldwide fair market…

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Equalizing an Estate Where One of More Children are U.S. Persons and Planning Strategies Where There Are U.S. Beneficiaries; Part I

In circumstances where clients, who are Canadian residents, intend to equalize their estates amongst their children (“Equalization Intention”) where one or more of such children are “U.S. Persons” (a “U.S. Child”), estate planners need to consider whether that is possible and if so, how (“whether” and “how”, the “Questions”).  This…

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U.S. Gift Tax – It May Apply To Canadians

The U.S. gift tax is often overlooked by Canadians and their advisors. Most U.S. citizens living in Canada are aware of the U.S. estate tax and gift tax application. However, when it comes to Canadian residents who are not U.S. persons, only a minority are aware of the potential application…

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Exercise Caution: Different Countries – Different Tax Regimes at Death

This blog has been written by Rahul Sharma, Partner at Fasken LLP A couple of recent telephone calls reminded me of the perils of estate and tax planning that crosses borders without proper planning. The first case is regrettably quite common.  An entrepreneur in the technology sector (we will call…

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Considerations when Administering a Canadian Estate with US Situs Assets

Today’s blog is written by Jessica J. Butler, Law Clerk at Fasken LLP. As today’s world continues to grow increasingly interconnected, more estate professionals find themselves dealing with a web of cross-border assets and jurisdictional issues.  This post considers certain issues that you might face when administering a Canadian estate…

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COVID Wedding Wars: Planning a Wedding During Yet Another Lockdown… or You Could Forget About It And Consider U.S. Estate Tax On U.S. Securities Held With Canadian Investment Dealers

January is kickstarting what seems to be the “Year of the Hats” for me. In addition to my usual winter hat and estate planner hat, this month I’m also fashioning my wedding planner hat, COVID style.  As it turns out, planning a February wedding during a COVID lockdown actually means…

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U.S. Estate tax exposure – it’s political!

The 2020 U.S. election is over and the votes have been tabulated, and in some counties the votes have even been tabulated more than once.   Unless there is some Republican wild card waiting to be plucked out of the proverbial magic hat, then Joe Biden will be inaugurated president of…

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Celebrity Estates – Not Immune from the Trials and Tribulations of Estate Planning and Litigation

With TIFF in full swing, celebrity worship is in overdrive. However, celebrities also deal with the mundane and there is often nothing glamorous about their estates. In fact, like the rest of us mere mortals, celebrities do not have a lock on getting things right. So often, there is so…

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