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Canada Revenue Agency

CRA’s prescribed rate set to double on July 1, 2022

A key Canada Revenue Agency tax rate that impacts everything from the interest due on outstanding taxes to interest received on tax refunds, is about to double. The prescribed rate will increase to 2 per cent from the current 1 per cent, effective July 1st, 2022. The rate has remained at 1 per cent since […]

RRSP savings

April tax news: RRSP vs. TFSA benefits, gains and losses on personal property–and more

RRSP VS. TFSA – WHICH IS BETTER? This is a question that comes up regularly in financial planning and tax planning circles. But before we attempt to answer the question, we need to know the difference in the tax treatment between these plans. Although some commentators call the first 60 days of the year the […]

home buying

Federal Budget 2022—Home-buying, climate change and personal tax highlights

The federal government approached Budget 2022 under immense pressure to address skyrocketing inflation, amid widespread uncertainty as we enter a sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic and facing global supply chain woes and a geopolitical crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine. Factor in the Liberals’ minority government status—one stabilized by a recent confidence-and-supply agreement […]

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Federal Budget 2022 offers minor tax relief for business, funding for innovation

The federal government’s Budget 2022 contained several new proposed measures, both from a personal and corporate tax perspective, in addition to various new spending initiatives and tax credits. These measures will have some impact on the business community, but when it comes to Canada’s economic outlook as a whole—including strategies to manage runaway inflation and […]

Trust Reporting

No, trust reporting rules haven’t changed—yet

Canadian taxpayers would be forgiven for being at least slightly confused in recent months by the federal government’s new incoming (yet delayed) trust reporting requirements. You’ll recall that in the 2018 federal budget, Ottawa laid out plans that would require all non-resident trusts to provide additional beneficial ownership information alongside the T3 returns they are […]

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What to expect when you’re expecting a spring federal budget

As surely as Ottawa’s chillingly-cold winters will soon shift to warmer spring weather, professionals and media are eagerly speculating about the potential contents of the upcoming federal budget—the spring 2022 installment of which is expected to be tabled in early April. A number of factors, both domestic and foreign, will strongly influence measures included in […]

Reversionary or revocable trusts for a loved one

February tax news: Understanding trusts, managing partnership returns–and more

REVERSIONARY/REVOCABLE TRUSTS A trust is a relationship under which a person, called a settlor, contributes cash or other property in trust for the benefit of others, called the beneficiaries. The trust is not a legal person or entity for most purposes, but it is considered a “person” and a “taxpayer” for income tax purposes. The […]

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January tax news: Rules for associated corporations, lending to adult children—and more

ASSOCIATED CORPORATIONS Under the Income Tax Act, there are various rules pertaining to relationships between taxpayers, including individuals, trusts, and corporations. For example, there are rules that apply to “related” persons, “non-arm’s length” persons, “affiliated” persons, and “associated” corporations. The rules are generally restrictive in nature, and the tax policy reasons for the rules are […]