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CRA Releases Information on Audits and Criminal Investigations of Offshore Activities

On September 7, 2016, Honourable Diana Lebouthillier, the Minister of National Revenue, announced that the CRA is currently conducting audits of over 750 taxpayers and criminally investigating 20 cases of tax evasion related to offshore activities.

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Kyle is a partner practicing in the firm’s Toronto office. 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… more »

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Finance Proposes Amendment to Capital Dividend Account Definition

On September 16, 2016, the Department of Finance released proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada). Contained in that package is a proposed amendment to the definition of “capital dividend account” (CDA) in subsection 89(1), which is part of…

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Kyle is a partner practicing in the firm’s Toronto office. 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… more »

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Finance Proposes Amendments for Disposing of an Interest in a Life Insurance Policy

On September 16, 2016, the Department of Finance released proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada). Contained in that package are a series of proposed amendments to the rules in section 148 for determining the income tax consequences of…

Prepared by: Kyle Lamothe

Kyle is a partner practicing in the firm’s Toronto office. 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… more »

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Finance Proposes Amendments for Bank of Canada Currency Exchange Rates

On September 16, 2016, the Department of Finance released proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada). Contained in that package are a series of proposed amendments in respect of how taxpayers convert foreign currencies to Canadian dollars for the…

Prepared by: Kyle Lamothe

Kyle is a partner practicing in the firm’s Toronto office. 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… more »

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CRA Releases New Income Tax Folio on Income Tax Reporting Currency

On September 2, 2016, the CRA released new Income Tax Folio S5-F4-C1 Income Tax Reporting Currency, which discusses functional currency tax reporting for corporations.  The Folio can be viewed here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/tchncl/ncmtx/fls/s5/f4/s5-f4-c1-eng.html

Prepared by: Ken Jiang

Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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CRA Releases New Income Tax Folio on Prohibited Investments – RRSPS, RRIFs and TFSAs

On September 2, 2016, the CRA released new Income Tax Folio S3-F10-C2, Prohibited Investments – RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs, which discusses the anti-avoidance rules for prohibited investments or advantages that apply to RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs.  The Folio can be…

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Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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CRA Releases New Income Tax Folio on Qualified Investments – RRSPS, RESPs, RRIFs, RDSPs and TFSAs

On September 2, 2016, the CRA released new Income Tax Folio S3-F10-C1, Qualified Investments–RRSPs, RESPs, RRIFs, RDSPs and TFSA, which discusses various types of qualified investments and the consequences of acquiring, holding and disposing of a non-qualified investment under RRSPs,…

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Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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CRA Says It Will Issue Clearance Certificates for Partial Estate Distributions

The CRA said that legal representatives of a graduated rate estate may apply for a clearance certificate for a partial distribution of assets and the process to request a partial clearance certificate is the same as with other types of…

Prepared by: Ken Jiang

Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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CRA’s Updated Folio on Disability Tax Credit

The CRA has recently updated the income tax folio “S1-F1-C2, Disability Tax Credit”.  The updated folio can be viewed here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/tchncl/ncmtx/fls/s1/f1/s1-f1-c2-eng.html

Prepared by: Ken Jiang

Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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CRA Releases Statistics on Offshore Tax Informant Program

CRA released statistical information regarding its Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP). Since its launch on January 15, 2014, the OTIP allows the CRA to make financial awards to individuals who provide information related to major international tax-non-compliance. The details of…

Prepared by: Ken Jiang

Ken Jiang is a partner at the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate and personal tax planning, international tax planning and representation of taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. Ken is fluent and proficient in Chinese (Mandarin).… more »

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