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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 10:54 AM

Cross-border estate administration: It’s complicated canada_america_sm

When an individual dies, many issues can arise in the administration of their estate. This is true no matter the nature of their assets, their net worth, or their personal situation. When a deceased person had cross-border connections to the United States and Ontario or any province or territory in Canada, many other issues can arise which can complicate the administration of their estate. In this series of articles, we will discuss common issues that can arise when estates have connections on both sides of the border. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

Solhi joins BLG tax group as partner in Toronto office

Bobby Solhi is the latest partner to join Borden Ladner Gervais’ (BLG) tax group. He will practise out of BLG’s Toronto office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Troubleshooting an eldercare law practice: Executors and warring in-laws family_argument_sm

For the first article in this series I talked about capacity. I turn now to two other pressing issues: choice of executors and warring in-laws. ... [read more]

Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 12:50 PM

Legal experts mixed on chances of success for provincial challenges to federal carbon tax Alastair Lucas, University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Ottawa and a number of provinces will soon be facing off in court regarding the federal carbon tax. But experts are divided on who has the best legal leg to stand on. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) - Exempt supplies - Financial services

Appeal by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) from assessments which denied rebates. ... [read more]

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Family torn apart by incapacity, ownership, living gift issues family_fight_sm

When great wealth is at stake, families are time and again torn apart. In 2018, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice presided over a particularly vicious case involving three siblings, their elderly mother, a sophisticated game-playing spouse, and Mattamy Homes (Rubner v. Bistricer 2018 ONSC 1934). ... [read more]

Friday, August 03, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Special rules

Appeal by Tusk Exploration from a Tax Court judgment affirming assessments and reassessments for the 2002 through 2006 taxation years. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 9:20 AM

B.C. announces new steps to crack down on tax evasion in real estate market Jonathan Reilly

The province of British Columbia is increasing disclosure when real estate purchases are made through a corporation or trust, with an eye to reducing tax evasion. British Columbia, and in particular Vancouver, has some of the highest real estate prices in the country, and the current provincial government has made it a priority to increase affordability in the market, such as implementing a foreign buyers’ tax. And Finance Minister Carole James said these new changes will give authorities “another tool to make sure people are paying the taxes they owe.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

International coalition investigating cryptocurrency tax evasion, money laundering bitcoin_investigation_sm

The Wild West days of cryptocurrency and tax evasion are on the wane. Bitcoin, ethereum, dash and other digital currencies are now firmly in the crosshairs of worldwide tax authorities: the burning issue, of course, is the loss of tax revenue occurring from unreported cryptocurrency transactions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 9:53 AM - Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 1:10 PM

CRA’s decision on relief from filing deadlines ‘unreasonable and incorrect’, court rules Justin Kutyan sm

In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a private corporation seeking relief from a filing requirement under the Income Tax Act. The dissent, written by Justice David Stratas, was critical of the Minister of National Revenue’s failure to interpret the Act and that, as an independent reviewer, the judge is not the minister’s “adviser, thinker, or ghostwriter.” ... [read more]