Feigenbaum Law

Personal Tax Planning

Personal Tax Planning

Husband’s Reassessed Income Results In Loss Of Benefits For Wife

While tax obligations and benefits financial benefits collected from the government might seem like distinct responsibilities and benefits, it can be the case that a taxpayer’s situation might impact their own or their family’s available benefits. A recent decision from the Tax Court of Canada shows how this can be the case. In the decision, a taxpayer appeals a decision to claw back Canada Child Tax Benefits that were paid to… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

COVID-19 Allows Tax Breaks For Those Working From Home

The COVID-19 pandemic saw a huge increase in the number of people working from home. Many people in all parts of Canada still find themselves working from home, and likely will for some time. Of course, working from home usually means the employee faces costs they wouldn’t otherwise have to deal with when working in an office or other workspace. Employees have had to pay for costs associated with setting up a home office, including… Read More

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Cross-Border Tax Issues

Creditors Attempt to Lower Bankrupt’s US Tax Bill to Secure Payment

People who work or do business on both sides of the Canada-United States border often have tax obligations to both governments as well. A failure to employ a tax plan that takes these considerations into account can leave an individual with a larger tax bill than they might expect. In an interesting case from a bankruptcy court in the United States, a taxpayer had entered into bankruptcy. With the IRS as… Read More

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Cross-Border Tax Issues

Travel Opportunities for Canadians Looking to Escape Cold Winter Weather

Every year, thousands of Canadians head south to the United States for the winter. For some, it’s a way of enjoying their retirement and avoiding harsh Canadian winters by soaking up the sun in southern states such as Florida or Arizona. Even for those not yet ready for retirement, but who are able to work remotely, working out of a southern destination can be an appealing idea. Of course, COVID-19 has put a wrench in… Read More

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Business Management

Canada Revenue Agency Further Extends Deadlines and Exemptions

It has been a few weeks since we last updated our readers on how the Canada Revenue Agency is continuing to react to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were a number of announcements made in September that will be of interest to business owners as well as Canadians and Americans who spend time in one another’s country. Extension of Travel Restrictions Relief On September 2, the CRA announced an extension to their travel restrictions which could… Read More

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Litigation

CRA Investigating Possible Currency Exchange Scam

A recent investigative report by the Toronto Star alleges that two former Toronto Maple Leaf players, Darcy Tucker and Shayne Corson, were involved in a foreign currency trading scheme that was designed to defraud the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The story looks at how the scheme worked, and why the CRA says it was a scam. What is the Foreign Exchange Market? The foreign exchange market (the “Forex”) is a legitimate… Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Independent Contractors vs. Employees: Intention is Key

The “gig economy” is a term that has risen to prominence over the last decade or so as more and more people perform work outside of the normal employee-employer relationship, instead working as independent contractors. This impacts the job security and benefits available to workers, but it also allows them to have greater flexibility and access to tax deductions, which can come in handy when the person is performing gig work as a second job. Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Study Finds Wealth Tax in Canada Could Net $5.6B Annually

A recently completed report by Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) looked at how much money could be raised if the country implemented a wealth tax. The report came at the request of the NDP’s Finance critic, Peter Julian, who represents the riding of New Westminster-Burnaby. The request specifically asked the PBO to use its recently published wealth model to estimate the revenues of an annual net wealth tax on Canadian families… Read More

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Cross-Border Tax Issues

CRA Seeking Data on Canadian-Owned Properties in the U.S.

For Canadians who own property in the United States, filing a T1135 Foreign Income Verification Statement is mandatory in order to declare the property to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for tax purposes. The failure to file a T1135 has penalties associated with it. For most Canadians, the CRA trusts that they will accurately report their own income and holdings for tax purposes. However, the CRA does look for ways to… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

Report Indicates Staggering Number of High-Income Non-Filers in the United States

A recently released report from the United States’ Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) raised a flag concerning the Internal Revenue Service’s failure to pursue high-income earners who fail to file their taxes. Just how rampant is non-filing amongst high-income earners? The results of the study may be enough to raise eyebrows. How much money is lost due to non-filing? The report states that non-filing, which is a crime when… Read More