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Personal Tax Planning

Foreign Buyer Challenging $249,000 Vacancy Tax Levied by City of Vancouver

A homeowner in Vancouver has sued the city after being subject to a $249,000 vacancy tax on a property on which she does not reside. The matter has reinvigorated debate and discussion about the impact of foreign buyers and vacant properties on a continually overpriced and hot housing market in Vancouver and other large centers across Canada. The Home at Issue The property at issue, a home located at 4749 Belmont Avenue, was sold for… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

Uber Canada Reaches Settlement with the CRA in Sales-Tax Dispute

Earlier this year we blogged about a notice of appeal filed by Uber Canada Inc., the Canadian arm of Uber Technologies Inc., in which the company asked the Tax Court of Canada to vacate reassessments made against it by the CRA. Now, Uber Canada Inc. says that it has resolved their “administrative issue” with the CRA, consenting to a judgment on a without costs basis which would permit the company… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

The Taxpayer First Act: IRS Reform Legislation Passed by Senate

After initially being introduced more than a year ago, the Taxpayer First Act has been passed by the House and Senate. The legislation includes a variety of provisions intended to modernize the Internal Revenue Service across a wide range of critical areas including information technology, identity theft protection, and customer service. While it remains to be seen what happens next, it is widely believed that President Trump will sign the bill… Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

CRA Collects More than $1 Billion After Cracking Down on Real Estate Tax Evaders

We’ve often blogged about tax issues pertaining to real estate, including the fact that fewer home buyers are purchasing homes in Toronto, Vancouver and other hot markets after the introduction of Foreign Buyers’ Taxes and other measures, how buying property from a non-resident of Canada can have significant tax implications, as well as the tax consequences of owning a cottage, among others. Now, the Star is reporting that… Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Newly Released Statistics Reveal that Fewer Foreign Buyers are Buying Homes in the GTA

We’ve previously blogged about measures being implemented in various jurisdictions across Canada intended to cool down the housing market and address affordability by taxing foreign buyers. Among such measures was a Foreign Buyer’s Tax introduced in British Columbia (and separately also within Vancouver). We also blogged about creative ways that foreign buyers have been attempting to circumvent measures such as the Foreign Buyer’s Tax. Much like in BC, Ontario has its own foreign… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

New Report Calls for Increased Regulation to Address Money-Laundering in Canada

This week, CBC News is reporting that lax regulations have made Canada a prime location for money laundering. These headlines come in the wake of a recent report issued by well-known policy think-tank C.D. Howe Institute titled “Why We Fail to Catch Money Launderers 99.9 percent of the Time” in which the Institute highlights ways in which Canada has been deficient in fighting money laundering. Why Money… Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Cottage and Taxes

As we head into May, we also head into the beginning of cottage season- a favorite time for Canadians. While many of us are starting to think about heading up north in the coming weeks to kick off a summer of boating, barbecues and other summer time fun, it may also be a good time to think about the various financial and legal implications of owning a vacation home. Below we address some… Read More

Malicious prosecution

Corporate Tax Planning

CRA Successful in Appeal of $1.7 Million Malicious Prosecution Case

We’ve previously blogged about a ground-breaking decision in which the B.C Supreme Court ordered the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to pay more than $1 million in damages for the malicious prosecution of two British Columbia business owners who the agency had claimed had engaged in tax evasion. Since then, the CRA appealed that decision, and the B.C. Court of Appeal recently overturned it. Now, after more than a decade-long battle with… Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Parents Involved in Recent College Admissions Bribery Scandal May be Facing Tax Fraud Charges

According to Bloomberg News, parents embroiled in the recent “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal may now be facing serious tax consequences in addition to criminal charges and potential prison time. The Varsity Blues Scandal- Some Background In a federal indictment spanning multiple jurisdictions, approximately 50 individuals, mostly wealthy parents, were recently charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, after it was discovered that they had bribed multiple universities to admit… Read More

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin

Canada Revenue Agency Auditing Cryptocurrency Investors

Last year, we wrote about how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is treated by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for tax purposes and what impact an investment in crypto might have on a Canadian taxpayer’s taxes.   Now, crypto and the CRA are back in the news as the agency continues to finesse its approach to digital currency and adapt to rapidly changing realities. According to a cryptocurrency journalist writing for Forbes magazine,… Read More