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Foreign buyers

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

Money Laundering

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

Tax fraud

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

Foreign Buyers Tax- Overhead view of suburban street

Personal Tax Planning

A “Service” Intended to Avoid the B.C. Foreign Buyers Tax is Being Provided in Vancouver

We’ve previously blogged about the B.C. government’s introduction of the Foreign Buyer’s Tax, which came into effect 2016 and requires all foreign entities (including foreign nationals) to pay an additional 20% on the purchase of residential property in the Greater Vancouver area. The purpose of the tax was to cut down on the number of foreign buyers who were purchasing homes in the region, but not living in them, leaving many homes… Read More

Money Laundering

Corporate Tax Planning

Federal Budget 2019: How Will it Affect Taxes?

The Liberal government’s 2019 budget was tabled on March 19, 2019. In short, the budget seeks to support and build Canada’s middle class through: Making homeownership more affordable for first-time buyers;Helping workers gain new skills;Preparing young Canadian for good jobs;Helping Canadians with the cost of prescription drugs;Supporting low-income Canadian seniors who choose to remain in the workforce;Giving all Canadians access to high-speed internet;Lowering the cost of energy;Advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; andLowering taxes. Read More

#metoo- the capital building

Corporate Tax Planning

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and #metoo: Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Through Tax Reform

Last week, we blogged about the tax implications of Colin Kaepernick’s recent multi-million dollar settlement with the NFL. This week, we explore another aspect of legal settlement and tax: how settlements stemming from sexual harassment in the workplace (proliferating recently due to the massive #metoo movement) are being treated following recent tax reforms. #metoo and the Growing Awareness of Problematic Workplace Behaviours The #metoo movement exploded virally in October 2017, with millions of women… Read More

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Corporate Tax Planning

CRA Continuing Investigations into Canadians Linked to Panama Papers and Paradise Papers

We have previously blogged about the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) increased crackdowns on the use of offshore tax shelters. Previously, the CRA was focused primarily on Canadian taxpayers who had been implicated in the Panama Papers leak, including search warrants executed as a result of the leak as well as the first Canadian investigated as a result of the now infamous leak of financial information. Now, Canadian news sources are reporting that the… Read More