Blog

A closed sign in a doorway

Personal Tax Planning

Key Amnesty Programs for US Taxpayers Living in Canada Set to Close

We have written in previous blogs about the increased lengths that the IRS and Canadian financial institutions are going to uncover dual US/Canadian citizens living in Canada who have failed to report US income tax. Some Americans living in Canada may have previously taken advantage of amnesty programs offered by the IRS such as the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) in order to file old income tax statements and avoid the potential financial penalties… Read More

An empty chair representing a deceased spouse and the importance of proper tax and estate planning

Cross-Border Estate Planning

Failure to Designate a Beneficiary When Converting an RRSP to a RRIF Results in Tax Bill

One of the primary reasons you may engage in estate planning can be to limit the amount of tax that is payable by the estate in the event of your death. A recent story shared by CTV News in Calgary covers the story of a woman who was left with a $270,000 bill to the Canada Revenue Agency as the result of an oversight in her husband’s retirement planning. A Small… Read More

A man with a toolbelt representing a person acting as project manager in a dispute over GST/HST collection

Tax Disputes & Litigation

Contractor or Agent? A Crucial Difference When it Comes to Taxation

If there’s a lesson to be learned when it comes to contract law, it’s that language and details matter. Even a seemingly straightforward contract between two parties can lead to serious tax consequences if certain aspects of the business relationship are not properly addressed in the contract. In a recent case heard by the Tax Court of Canada, a taxpayer found himself in hot water after failing to collect HST during… Read More

A person holding dentures, representing a sales rep for a dental supply company

Corporate Tax Planning

Deducting an Assistant’s Salary As a Salaried Employee

People who run their own businesses enjoy the ability to deduct a number of expenses from their income, such as instances where a spouse provides work for them in exchange for payment. Salaried employees, however, are not able to make similar claims without jumping through some significant hurdles. A recent decision from the Tax Court of Canada serves to highlight this important distinction. A Full-Time Sales Manager Working From Home The… Read More

An American passport, representing the idea of renouncing citizenship

Personal Tax Planning

Renouncing US Citizenship As a Tax-Avoidance Strategy: Is it Worth It?

In last week’s blog, we discussed the case of an American business owner facing stiff penalties from the IRS for failing to report income held in Canadian accounts. The obligation to file taxes in the United States on income earned in foreign jurisdictions should not be news to Americans or dual citizens since the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), but the reality of satisfying this obligation may involve more work… Read More