Davidow & Nelson Blog

Whether to Accept This Role: Executor

Individuals may be asked to take on various roles in respect of loved ones, friends, clients or others. One role that is particularly riddled with challenges is that of an estate executor. While an individual may carry out their duties in an appropriate manner, it is important to consider the risks of unhappy beneficiaries and any other undesirable outcomes, including… Read more »

Is Asking About Source Deductions Enough?: Director Liability

Directors can be personally liable for payroll source deductions (CPP, EI and income tax withholdings) and GST/HST unless they exercise due diligence to prevent the corporation from failing to remit these amounts on a timely basis. An August 31, 2022 Tax Court of Canada case found that the director was not duly diligent and therefore was personally liable for the corporation’s unremitted… Read more »

New and Expanded Disclosure Requirements: Trusts

Legislation has been proposed for trusts (including estates) with years ending on December 31, 2022 and onwards that would significantly expand the reporting rules. More trusts would be required to file tax returns, and more information would be required to be disclosed in these returns. In addition, sizable penalties would be introduced for non-compliance. More trusts and estates required… Read more »

Taxable or Not?: Crowdfunding

A June 2, 2022 Technical Interpretation discussed the taxability of funds received through crowdfunding campaigns. CRA first noted that amounts received through a crowdfunding arrangement could represent loans, capital contributions, gifts, income or a combination of two or more of these. This means that the funds received could be taxable (such as business income) or not (such as a… Read more »

Tax Tidbits

Some quick points to consider… – The interest rate on overdue taxes for the fourth quarter of 2022 (October 1 – December 31, 2022) has increased by 1% to 7%. Make sure to get those payments in to CRA on time! – No input tax credit (ITC) can be claimed if the vendor does not have a… Read more »

Impact of School Closures: Shared Custody Arrangements

In an April 21, 2022 Tax Court of Canada case, the Court reviewed whether the taxpayer and her former spouse were shared-custody parents of their three children for the period from January 2019 to June 2021 for the purpose of the Canada child benefit (CCB). In shared-custody arrangements, each individual will get half of the payment they would have received had… Read more »

Following the Doctor’s Advice: CPP Disability Benefit

In a June 6, 2022 Federal Court of Appeal case, the Court addressed an application for judicial review of the Social Security Tribunal’s decision to deny the taxpayer’s CPP disability benefits claim on the basis that he did not have a severe and prolonged disability. The General Division of the Social Security Tribunal stated that while the taxpayer had significant impairments… Read more »

Relying on Information in Your CRA Online Account: TFSA Over-contribution

One challenge when relying on CRA-provided information online in respect of TFSA contribution room is that the information is not updated on a real-time basis due to the delay in receiving information from TFSA issuers. Although CRA has many disclaimers surrounding this issue, some individuals may be unaware or misinterpret their comments. A July 14, 2022 Financial Post article (Taxpayer… Read more »

CRA Education Initiatives: Personal Services Business (PSB)

In some industries it is common for employers to require their workers to provide services through their own corporation rather than directly as employees. In general, a PSB exists where an individual would be considered the employee of the hiring entity if it were not for the existence the worker’s corporation. In a recently released 15-minute video (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/cra-multimedia-library/businesses-video-gallery/personal-services-business.html), CRA stated… Read more »

Land in Excess of One-half Hectare: Principal Residence Exemption

The definition of a principal residence limits the amount of land that qualifies for the principal residence exemption to half a hectare unless the taxpayer establishes that the excess land was necessary for the use and enjoyment of the housing unit as a residence. In a January 28, 2022 Technical Interpretation, CRA reiterated that it is a question of fact… Read more »