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Real estate tax

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

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

Corporate taxes

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

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Sports & Entertainment

Superbowl LIII Players Face Large Taxes on Winnings

Last week we blogged about the so-called “Jock Tax” which is levied on earnings made by professional athletes depending on which state they play in. As a result of this frequently applied levy, the big earnings made by players of both the Patriots and the Rams in this month’s Superbowl LIII are now subject to tax at various levels. Superbowl Bonuses For playing in this year’s Superbowl, every New England Patriots player will receive… Read More

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Sports & Entertainment

Tax Considerations for Professional Athletes in the U.S.

Professional sports are a multi-billion-dollar industry, propelled by major leagues including the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, among others, and made popular by players earning millions of dollars a year. It is also an area of tax complexity for athletes for a wide range of reasons. What are the biggest areas of concern for players in the U.S.? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act We’ve previously blogged about the Trump administration’s Tax Cuts and… 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

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Sports & Entertainment

Soccer Star Ronaldo Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud in Spain

CBC News is reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo, who for many years played for football powerhouse Real Madrid, has received a 2-year suspended sentence and €19 million ($28.7 million CAD) fine after pleading guilty to tax fraud in Spain. One of the World’s Best Soccer Players Ronaldo is a five-time Champions League winner and five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or, a prestigious soccer award given annually to the world’s best player. Read More

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Personal Tax Planning

Uber Canada Fights CRA Tax Reassessment

In December, Uber Canada Inc. (Uber Canada), the Canadian arm of Uber Technologies Inc., filed a notice of appeal with the Tax Court of Canada, asking the tax court to vacate reassessments made by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). CRA Reassessments The reassessments issued by the CRA covered the period between October 2012 and June 2013. According to the CRA, Uber Canada is responsible, in that time period, for accounting for sales tax on rides… Read More

Citizenship

Corporate Tax Planning

Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act: Potential Tax Relief for Canadian Residents with U.S. Citizenship

On December 21, 2018, North Carolina Republican Congressman George Harding tabled the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act, a bill which, if passed, would exempt Americans living in Canada (and other countries abroad) from having to pay tax on income earned outside of the U.S. Citizenship-Based Taxation Holding said he introduced the proposed legislation because the U.S.’ current system imposes an unfair burden on taxpayer who have American citizenship but live outside… Read More