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Revised Income Splitting Rules and Guidance

The Department of Finance has released revised draft legislation and background information on its proposals to prevent income splitting. The documents can be accessed here. This release follows on the Department’s private corporation consultation paper of July 18, 2017,…

Prepared by: Kyle Lamothe

Kyle’s practice focuses on personal, corporate and trust planning for high net worth families, professionals, and owner-managers and their businesses, both domestic and international. He advises on corporate reorganizations, purchases and sales of businesses, investments and real estate, estate planning,… more »

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OECD approves the 2017 update to the OECD Model Tax Convention

On November 21, 2017, the OECD Council approved the contents of the 2017 Update to the OECD Model Tax Convention.

The 2017 Update primarily comprises changes to the OECD Model Tax Convention and related commentary that were developed through the…

Prepared by: Ian Humphries

Ian Humphries is an Associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Ian joined Thorsteinssons after articling and practicing securities law at a national law firm. Prior to law school, Ian worked as an investment banker in the… more »

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Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) Releases Report on Proposed Changes to Passive Investment Income

On November 23, 2017, the PBO released its analysis estimating the potential fiscal magnitude of changes to passive income taxation based on Finance Canada’s July 18, 2017, consultation document.

The PBO’s analysis also factors in the October 18, 2017 Department…

Prepared by: Ian Humphries

Ian Humphries is an Associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Ian joined Thorsteinssons after articling and practicing securities law at a national law firm. Prior to law school, Ian worked as an investment banker in the… more »

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Auditor General of Canada Releases 2017 Fall Report

On November 21, 2017, the Auditor General released its Fall Report containing the results of 6 audits completed since the summer, including an audit of the timeliness and accuracy of information provided by Canada Revenue Agency Call centres.

Some key…

Prepared by: Ian Humphries

Ian Humphries is an Associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Ian joined Thorsteinssons after articling and practicing securities law at a national law firm. Prior to law school, Ian worked as an investment banker in the… more »

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Government of Canada Announces Consultation on Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products

On November 10, 2017, the Department of Finance released proposed legislation concerning an excise duty framework for cannabis products for comment. The proposed duty would apply to all cannabis products available for legal sale, including fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis…

Prepared by: Ian Humphries

Ian Humphries is an Associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Ian joined Thorsteinssons after articling and practicing securities law at a national law firm. Prior to law school, Ian worked as an investment banker in the… more »

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Finance News Release: “Government moves to Reduce Small Business Tax Rate and Support Fairness for the Middle Class”

Federal small business rate lowered to 10% on Jan. 1, 2018; 9% on Jan. 1, 2019. Proposed capital gains exemption limitation changes abandoned. Proposed income sprinkling measures to be simplified.

Link: http://www.fin.gc.ca/n17/17-097-eng.asp

Prepared by: Leonard Gilbert

Leonard graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (J.D. 2015) and is currently an associate practicing in the firm’s Toronto office. He previously performed extensively as a concert pianist and attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana… more »

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CRA RELEASES RESULTS OF EFFORTS TO COMBAT TAX EVASION

Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier has released the preliminary results of the CRA’s recent initiatives to combat tax evasion, including statistics regarding the number of cases referred for criminal investigations, search warrants executed and criminal convictions from April 1,…

Prepared by: Michelle Chang

Michelle Chang is an associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Michelle’s practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, corporations and trusts, including estate and succession planning, corporate reorganizations, business structuring and immigration/emigration planning.… more »

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BC Budget 2017, September Update – Tax Measures

BC Finance Minister Carole James has released a budget update which contains several important tax measures for individuals and corporations, namely: (1) the introduction of a new 16.8% rate on taxable income over $150,000 for individuals (increased from 14.7%);…

Prepared by: Michelle Chang

Michelle Chang is an associate working out of the Vancouver office of Thorsteinssons LLP. Michelle’s practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning for individuals, corporations and trusts, including estate and succession planning, corporate reorganizations, business structuring and immigration/emigration planning.… more »

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Taxpayer successful in the Federal Court of Appeal on interest dispute

In Grenon v. Canada (National Revenue), 2017 FCA 167, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Federal Court’s decision and held that the taxpayer was entitled to interest on a $12.75 million payment that was refunded to him pursuant to…

Prepared by: Jennifer Flood

Jennifer Flood is an associate practicing in the firm’s Vancouver office. Jennifer’s practice focuses on taxpayer representation and tax litigation (including civil and criminal matters), and also includes personal and corporate tax planning. Prior to joining Thorsteinssons, she worked as… more »

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CBA/CPA Joint Committee on Taxation – Submissions on Voluntary Disclosure Program

Following the CRA’s release of Draft Information Circular IC00-1R6 proposing drastic changes to the Voluntary Disclosure Program, the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada has made extensive submissions, which may…

Prepared by: Jennifer Flood

Jennifer Flood is an associate practicing in the firm’s Vancouver office. Jennifer’s practice focuses on taxpayer representation and tax litigation (including civil and criminal matters), and also includes personal and corporate tax planning. Prior to joining Thorsteinssons, she worked as… more »

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