Employee Ownership Trusts – Part 2

In our April 22, 2022 blog post, we discussed the Canadian Budget 2022 announcement, regarding the introduction of a new special purpose trust, the “Employee Ownership Trust”, under the Income Tax Act (Canada), to encourage employee ownership of…

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Canada – Budget 2022 Implementation

Bill-19 includes an outright ban on foreign investment in Canadian housing for the next two years, as well as the luxury tax on the sale of new luxury cars and aircraft. It also allows the government to seize…

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Federal Anti-flipping Tax Intended to Cool Housing Prices

The Federal Budget issued on April 7, 2022 proposes that all profits from the sale of residential properties held for less than 12 months would be considered business income. This rule would apply to all properties sold on…

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CANADA: Twenty percent Purchase Tax on Luxury Goods

The Canadian federal government has released draft legislation for a new tax on the sale of new luxury cars and aircraft with a retail sale price over CAD$100,000, and new boats over CAD$250,000. The tax will be the…

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Registering as a Charity under the Income Tax Act

To be able to issue official donation receipts and to be exempt from taxation, the Income Tax Act requires that corporations created and operated exclusively for charitable purposes register with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as charities. For insight on…

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Public Registry of Beneficial Owners of Property – British Columbia

The British Columbia NDP government intends to introduce legislation mandating Canada’s first public registry of property beneficial ownership, to deter investors from buying housing through nominee companies and trusts. The move to crack down on real estate “hidden…

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Vancouver Empty Homes Tax

Effective January 1, 2017, Vancouver home owners are subject to an empty home tax of 1% of the property’s assessed value (the “Tax”), pursuant to Vacancy Tax By-law No. 11674 (the “By-law”). In accordance with the By-law, all…

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Expatriation Tax Implications of Renouncing US Citizenship or Surrendering a Green Card

Many residents of Canada have connections to the US, ranging from business interests, ownership of recreational or retirement properties, children attending US colleges, etc.  Furthermore, there are many US individuals residing in Canada, also for reasons of work,…

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CRA Charities Directorate Video: “Gifting and Receipting”

Learn about the types of donations for which registered charities and other qualified donees can issue a tax receipt, and the various rules on receipting.

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