Category: Tax Litigation

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…

“Which court should I go to?” – Dow Chemical and Iris Technologies ask the Supreme Court of Canada to clarify the jurisdictions of the Tax Court and Federal Court

Published by Brittany Rossler

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Canada heard two tax appeals that may help clarify the jurisdictional boundaries between the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court: Dow Chemical Canada ULC v His Majesty the King (SCC File No.

Marine Atlantic v The King – What is a “fair and reasonable” allocation in a business when everything depends on everything?

Published by Sarah Faber

When is an allocation of costs amongst supplies “fair and reasonable” for calculating input tax credits (“ITCs”)? In Marine Atlantic Inc. v The King (2023 TCC 95), the Tax Court confirmed that a “fair and reasonable” allocation:

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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…

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…

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…