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FATCA

Personal Tax Planning

FATCA Fight Heads to the E.U.

Last week we blogged about the sharp increase in the number of financial records of Canadian taxpayers sent by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the often-controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (also known as FATCA). As uncovered by CBC News, the CRA sent 900,000 records to the IRS in September 2019: up from 700,000 the previous year. Overall, more than 2.5 million records have been provided to… Read More

FATCA

Personal Tax Planning

10 Years Post FATCA: The Sharing of Canadian Bank Account Information with the U.S. has Increased

As we near the end of 2019 and the start of a new decade, CBC News is reporting that the number of Canadian bank records that are being shared with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased greatly. This sharing of information is a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, commonly referred to as FATCA, legislation which was introduced nearly 10 years ago and which has had a significant impact on tax… Read More

Speculation Tax

Personal Tax Planning

Almost $40 million Collected Under Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax

We’ve previously blogged about Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax, including the story of a a homeowner who sued the city after being subject to a $249,000 vacancy tax on a property on which she does not reside. Now, we continue our blog series by diving into some of the effects that the Empty Homes Tax has had since its introduction. The National Post reported this week that, since 2016, the City of Vancouver has… Read More

Tax laws

Tax Disputes & Litigation

Canadian Man Finds Unique Way to Challenge Tax Laws

A Canadian taxpayer recently found a unique way to challenge the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) after the agency denied him the costs of a move from Whitby Ontario to Ottawa Ontario. After researching precendent-setting Tax Court decisions, the man ended up moving his belongings by packing them into a canoe and then paddling up the Rideau Canal. The Income Tax Act and Moving Expenses Under the Income Tax Act, (the Act), a taxpayer can claim moving… Read More

Tax reform- palm trees

Corporate Tax Planning

Recent Jump in Residents Moving from New England to Florida Following Tax Reform

Since the Trump administration’s introduction of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, we have been regularly posting about the new legislation and the impact the tax reform has had on American taxpayers. This week we continue our blog series with a look at how the new tax law may have affected moving trends, particularly of residents from the northeastern states where there are higher taxes, to states such as Florida, which has… Read More

Wealth tax

Corporate Tax Planning

A Look at Wealth Tax Proposals in Canada and the U.S.

Ahead of Canada’s federal election last week, we blogged about the tax platforms of Canada’s three largest political parties. One of them, the NDP, had introduced several proposed tax reforms, including a “super-wealth tax“, which would apply a 1% tax rate to any individuals with more than $20 million in wealth. South of the border, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is rapidly becoming a front runner for the Democratic presidential candidate in next… Read More

Federal election

Corporate Tax Planning

Canada’s Federal Election: What Will it Mean for Your Taxes?

Canada’s federal election is happening on Monday, October 21. What are the top three parties promising in terms of tax proposals and how will this impact Canadians? The Liberals Personal Tax Rates Part of the Liberals’ platform includes a 15% increase in the basic personal tax amount, bringing it to $15,000 by 2023. This amount will be phased out for high-net-worth individuals in the second-highest tax bracket (with income of more than $147,667), and fully… Read More

MLI

Corporate Tax Planning

An Update on Canada and the MLI: What’s Next as We Near the Date It Comes Into Force?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ’s Multilateral Instrument (MLI) is set to come into force on December 1, 2019. This new legislation is set to have an impact on both foreign investors in Canada as well as Canadian companies which invest in countries which have adopted the new law. What is the MLI? We originally blogged about the MLI last year. The MLI is intended to decrease the opportunity for… Read More

Speculation Tax

Personal Tax Planning

Housing Speculation Tax Challenged in B.C.

We’ve regularly blogged about tax issues arising out of real estate transactions, including taxes being levied against foreign buyers in an increasing number of cities across Canada. We’ve also blogged about taxpayers fighting back against such levies. Now, a group of other taxpayers have launched a legal action against B.C’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax a move which appears to be the only major lawsuit to reach trial. Speculation and Vacancy… Read More

Nova Scotia

Personal Tax Planning

Nova Scotia Becoming Hot Market for International Home Buyers

We’ve previously blogged about non-resident home buyers and the impact that they have had on housing markets in some of Canada’s largest cities, including Toronto and Vancouver. We’ve also explored the various measures these jurisdictions have taken to address what many see as an increasing problem in an already overheated market. The ongoing and “intense discussion” around real estate has prompted the Canadian Housing Statistics Program… Read More