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Canada Revenue Agency prescribed rate remains at 6% for Q2 2024

The Canada Revenue Agency prescribed rate will remain at 6 per cent for the second quarter of 2024 (which extends from April 1st, 2024 to June 30th, 2024). The prescribed rate last reached 6 per cent in the second quarter of 2001; it hovered at only 1 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current […]

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February tax news: Benefits of a family trust and a last call for 2023 RRSPs

THE BENEFITS OF ESTABLISHING A FAMILY TRUST Estate planning is an important consideration for all individuals, irrespective of their level of wealth. Poor planning, or no planning, can result in an excessive proportion of your estate being lost when you die, in the form of either probate fees or taxes, or both. Luckily, there is […]

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January tax news: Claiming capital gains exemptions, reporting assets outside Canada–and more

CLAIMING YOUR CAPITAL GAINS EXEMPTION ON THE SALE OF SHARES The Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption (LCGE) is an incredibly valuable tax exemption. Every individual is entitled to this exemption and it can currently (for 2024) exempt a gain of up to $1,016,836 (the amount is indexed to inflation each year). In Ontario for example, the […]

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December tax news: Simplified Underused Housing Tax rules, capital gains or income—and more

OTTAWA TAKES STEPS TO SIMPLIFY UNDERUSED HOUSING TAX COMPLIANCE As discussed in our April 2023 Tax Newsletter, the Underused Housing Tax (UHT) regime was introduced last year to try to combat the underuse of residential property, particularly property owned by non-residents. The regime imposes an annual tax of 1 per cent of the relevant property’s […]

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Understanding the CRA’s new trust reporting rules—including changes to bare trusts

The Canada Revenue Agency has introduced significant changes to trust reporting rules. The new rules apply to trusts with taxation years ending after December 30th, 2023. Specifically, all trusts—except where specific conditions are met—must now file an annual T3 return, along with additional beneficial ownership information (completed in Schedule 15 of the annual T3 return). […]

Toronto Municipal Land Transfer and Vacant Home Tax rates

Tax Bulletin: Toronto increases Municipal Land Transfer and Vacant Home Tax rates

Most Torontonians were planning to ring in 2024 with champagne and resolutions. Accounting for a spate of tax increases on some properties were not on their New Year’s agenda—although that is the costly reality. The City of Toronto is introducing new Municipal Land Transfer Tax rate thresholds for higher value residential properties. The new rates […]

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October tax news: Moving as a tax expense, having CRA penalties waived–and more

MOVING EXPENSES—AN OVERLOOKED TAX EXPENSE? Moving expenses can generate a vast array of deductible items that one can use to offset against new employment location income. People often will neglect a portion of moving expense claims, simply because they are unaware of the long list that constitutes possible moving expenses. This is a very useful […]

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September tax news: Why you can be liable for a family member’s tax debts–and much more

YOU CAN BE LIABLE FOR A FAMILY MEMBER’S TAX DEBTS! There Beware of getting money, gifts or transfers of property from a family member, including your spouse, if that person owes (or might possibly owe) any money to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), for either income tax or GST/HST. The CRA has the ability to […]