Category: Tax Avoidance

What’s new? The latest evolution in the GAAR “modernization” proposals

Published by Molly Martin

I.              INTRODUCTION

The Department of Finance first publicly announced an intention to modify the general anti-avoidance rule (the “GAAR”), found in section 245 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act”), on November 30, 2020. This intention most recently came…

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. …

SCC confirms application of GAAR to deny tax loss utilization

Published by Joseph Eid

Deans Knight Income Corp. v. Canada, 2023 SCC 16 (“Deans Knight”) involves the application of the general anti-avoidance rule (“GAAR”) to the utilization of non-capital losses and other deductions by a taxpayer, Deans Knight Income Corporation (the “Taxpayer”). Experiencing…

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…

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…

A Critical Analysis of the Principal Income Tax Measures from Federal Budget 2022 (and Subsequent Legislative Proposals)

Published by Thorsteinssons LLP

Authors: Gloria Wang, Sarah Faber, and Alexander Demner

Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable (“Budget 2022”) was tabled by the Federal Government on April 7, 2022 (“Budget Day”). The government…

Loblaw Financial: SCC dismisses Crown appeal and affirms importance of text and context in interpreting tax provisions

Published by Sarah Faber

On December 3, 2021, a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) dismissed the Crown’s appeal in Canada v. Loblaw Financial Holdings Inc. (2021 SCC 51). In doing so, the Court held that capital contributions and corporate oversight are not relevant…

SCC Dismisses Crown Appeal in Alta Energy Case

Published by Chris Marta & Alexei Paish & Sarah Faber

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) dismissed the Crown’s appeal in Canada v. Alta Energy Luxembourg S.A.R.L. (2021 SCC 49). In doing so, the SCC wrestled with important, timely, and politically contentious questions of domestic and international…

Bill C-208 – Department of Finance confirms ITA amendments are in force and modifies its intended approach

Published by Alexander Demner & Alvin Lun

On June 29, 2021, Bill C-208 received Royal Assent. As previously discussed, that Bill amended the federal Income Tax Act (the “Act”) with the intention of facilitating intergenerational business transfers. The amendments sought to accomplish those means by, in…

Federal Budget 2021 – New rules Mean More Information Being Disclosed and Potentially More Enforcement

Published by Thorsteinssons LLP

Authored by:  Greg DelBigio, Q.C. and Morgan Watchorn

In Budget 2021, the federal government proposes to provide the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) with $230 million over five years as part of an ongoing focus on enforcing civil liabilities…