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Changes To The Canadian Principal Residence Exemption

Larry Stolberg

On October 3, 2016 changes were announced to the computation of the available principal residence exemption. Changes were made to properties held by individuals and to properties held by trusts. Discussion below is limited to the changes affecting individuals. Changes to trust is more complex and may be addressed later.

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FATCA Inquisition For Canadians Applying For Life Insurance

John Richardson

Sad but true. It’s quite understandable that from a “U.S. Worldview” that a life insurance policy is nothing but a “sacred instrument of tax deferral” (and therefore of tax evasion). U.S. citizens are the most highly regulated people in the world. As such it is no surprise that the possible purchase of life insurance could trigger FATCA scrutiny. (In that “Shining city on the hill” those who purchase life insurance are clearly “up to no good” – “no good at all!”)

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Personal Services Provided By U.S. Person Coming To Canada

Larry Stolberg

Similiar to the U.S. rules, Canada may tax personal services provided in Canada by U.S. persons who are not residents of Canada for income tax purposes. The provisions governing this are regulations 102, 105 and section 115 of the Income Tax Act (‘ITA”).

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CRA Mileage Log: Claim Motor Vehicle Expenses On Taxes

MileIQ

Now that MileIQ for Canada is live, it’s easier than ever to claim the mileage deduction you deserve. Be sure you’re aware of the CRA mileage log requirements before you claim motor vehicle expenses on your taxes.

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Canadian Tax FAQ – Capital Leases On A Balance Sheet

Grant Gilmour

What are Capital Leases on a Balance Sheet? The Capital Leases category appears as a long term liability on a Balance Sheet. A Capital Lease is a contract that allows the lessee to use the asset for a specific period of time. The corresponding asset is listed as a Capital Asset on the Balance Sheet.

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Refundable Tax Rates For Charitable Donations

Larry Stolberg

For donations of $200 or less, the federal refundable tax credit is 15%. For donations more than $200, the federal refundable tax credit is representative of the top marginal tax rate of 29% even if you were not in that marginal tax bracket.

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International FAQ #29 – Foreign Accrual Property Income

Grant Gilmour

What is Foreign Accrual Property Income (FAPI) and what affect does it have on my corporate taxes?

If you are a Canadian resident and own a foreign corporation that earns passive income, the income needs to be reported on your Canadian tax return even if you never received the funds. However, if the foreign corporation has a loss, the loss is not allowed to offset any other income you have for the year. Instead, the loss can be carried back three years against previous FAPI or forward 20 years against future FAPI.

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Borrowing To Redeem Shares Or Pay Dividends

Larry Stolberg

It is my understanding that the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA” Canada) has not changed it’s position on the deductibility on interest incurred on borrowing to fund the redemption of shares or the payment of dividends.

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Act Immediately In Filing Your Canadian Notice Of Objection

Larry Stolberg

Taxpayers who do not agree with their notice of assessments or reassessments can file a notice of objection, appealing the Minister’s decision. Generally, one would first to go the appeals division as opposed immediately to Tax Court. Sometimes we file a T1 adjustment form where the Ministers’ adjustments are simply based on incorrect information. However, where there is a misinterpretation of the facts or it is a grey area, the appeals process is the best route. The appeal process also stops the tax collection process but still with arrears interest accruing on the account until the matter is resolved.

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Canada Tax FAQs – Payroll Tax Rates For 2017

Grant Gilmour

What are the payroll tax rates changes for 2017 for withholdings?Payroll tax rates change every year and it is important for you to know the correct rates when preparing payroll remittances.

Please visit our payroll tax post for more figures and for updated rates for 2017 with 2016 comparison. Or read the entire chart below.

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Canadian Tax FAQs – Combined Tax Rates For 2017

Grant Gilmour

What are the combined tax rates for 2017— Federal and British Columbia? Tax rates change every year and there are several types of income that are taxed differently.

See updated tax rate charts (with estimates) for 2017.

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Canadian Tax FAQ – CRA Program Accounts

Grant Gilmour

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued me a business number. Now what do I do?

In Canada, once a company is assigned a business number then it needs to request which type of program account it needs to be setup. There are five types of accounts:

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