Category: Tax Audits

2024 Federal Budget – Major Income Tax Changes Announced

Published by Jonathan Longcroft & Elliott Simpson & Alexander Demner

Yesterday (April 16, 2024), the Department of Finance Canada published its 2024 federal budget (“Budget 2024”). Several major tax proposals were announced. This blog post briefly outlines those relating to income tax.

1. Increased Capital Gains Inclusion Rate 

Quick Update – New EIFEL Regime

Published by Ian Gamble

Context: As part of the avalanche of new draft legislation, the Department of Finance has released revised excessive interest and financing expenses limitation (EIFEL) rules.  The attached Excel is a high-level and technical summary of the new EIFEL regime. …

Principal tax measures from Federal Budget 2023 – Part 1: Personal and private company measures

Published by Alexei Paish & Asif Abdulla & Gloria Wang

Budget 2023 – A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future (“Budget 2023”) was tabled by the Department of Finance (“Finance”) on March 28, 2023 (“Budget Day”). The stated focus of Budget 2023 includes targeted inflation relief, stronger…

House flipping: refresher and practical advice – Part 1: income tax

Published by Tyler Berg

According to data available on its website, the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) completed approximately 12,000 “real estate” audits in British Columbia for both income tax and goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (“GST/HST”) between April 2015 and March…

Tax-free savings accounts not always tax-free

Published by David Davies & Alexander Demner & Kyle Spampinato

In Ahamed v. The King (“Ahamed”), the Tax Court of Canada held that a tax-free savings account (“TFSA”), despite its moniker, is capable of carrying on a business of trading securities and any income earned from that business is fully…

EU Court of Justice invalidates mandatory reporting obligation imposed on lawyers under DAC6 similar to Canada’s proposed “notifiable transaction” regime

Published by Alexander Demner

The Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) recently invalidated a provision derived from the EU Directive informally known as DAC6 which requires lawyers to report their involvement in certain cross-border tax-planning arrangements to third parties. The provisions analyzed…

Issues arising on the conversion of real property from capital to inventory (or vice versa)

Published by Vivian Esper

When a real property held by a taxpayer as a rental property becomes the taxpayer’s residence (or vice versa), the “change-in-use” rules in section 45 and subsection 13(7) of the Income Tax Act (the “ITA”) are triggered. Subsection 45(1) provides…