Davidow & Nelson Blog

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO CLAIM A U.S. FOREIGN TAX CREDIT:

Prior to the summer of 2015, CRA often accepted copies of the U.S. tax returns, as support to claim a U.S. Foreign Tax Credit (FTC). The “Federal Account Transcript” was selected as alternative evidence the return provided to CRA was filed and assessed as filed. Some practitioners report that obtaining “transcripts” from the Federal Government,… Read more »

Distribution of Funds: REGISTERED EDUCATION SAVINGS PLAN (RESP)

Amounts paid out of an RESP may be taxable, non-taxable, or may trigger a repayment of Government support. The taxation status of a receipt depends on whether it is considered an Educational Assistance Payment, a Refund of Contributions, or an Accumulated Income Payment. Educational Assistance Payment (EAP) – An EAP is a taxable amount paid… Read more »

Ineligible Individuals Can Get Your Organization De-Registered: CHARITIES

CRA holds the authority to suspend receipting privileges and refuse or revoke the registration of a registered charitable organization when an “ineligible individual is a board member or controls or manages the organization”. On March 17, 2016 CRA Guide CG-024, Ineligible Individuals, was updated. It provides 29 pages of description and implications of having ineligible… Read more »

This Credit Is for You!: TEACHERS

The Eligible Educator School Supply Tax Credit, worth 15% on up to $1,000 of eligible supply expenses, has now become law. To mark the occasion, CRA has published a Question and Answer providing commentary on this new refundable tax credit available in 2016 and subsequent years. The credit is also referred to as the Teacher… Read more »

Taxable Transaction?: TRANSFERRING PROPERTY TO A FAMILY MEMBER

When transferring the legal title of a property to a family member, a disposition for tax purposes may not necessarily occur. The taxable event would occur when a “beneficial ownership” change happens. Usually, a beneficial change and legal change are one in the same, but not always. In a June 14, 2016 Technical Interpretation, CRA… Read more »

Corporate Class and Switch Funds: MUTUAL FUNDS

Mutual fund corporations have often been structured to permit changing funds within the group on a tax-free basis. These are commonly referred to as “switch funds” or “corporate-class funds”, and have become popular due to the ability to defer accumulated capital gains. Essentially, investors can switch funds without realizing dispositions and the related taxable capital… Read more »

Taxable?: BENEFITS PAID TO SHAREHOLDER EMPLOYEES

The CRA is aware that owner-managers have an incentive to receive benefits deductible by their corporation which are non-taxable to the owner. In essence, this can be perceived as a method to extract profits out of a corporation without paying tax on it. As such, CRA is particularly vigilant to ensure that these benefits comply… Read more »

How Do I Compare?: CANADIAN INDUSTRY STATISTICS

The Government of Canada provides analysis and detailed information on economic indicators using the most recent data from Statistics Canada on the website, www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cis-sic.nsf/eng/home. This website can help small to medium sized businesses understand the dynamics of their industries. Users can focus on a single industry over time or compare one industry against another. Data… Read more »

TAX TICKLERS… some quick points to consider…

• Timing and amounts of various payments and benefits, such as the Canada Child Benefit, can be obtained by calling the CRA’s TIPS line at 1-800-267-6999. • In the summer of 2016, CRA commenced a project to examine taxpayers holding expensive properties in Vancouver where only low amounts of income were reported. The goal of… Read more »

Related Employee: INSURABLE EARNINGS

Consider the situation where Persons A and B are a married couple and own 60% and 40% respectively of Corporation A (A Co.). They are also both employed by A Co. and, therefore, receive a salary. Will the salaries that they receive be considered insurable for Employment Insurance (EI) purposes? That is, would EI withholdings… Read more »