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Friday, February 01, 2019 @ 8:34 AM

Tenancy in common offers oil and gas joint ventures little protection oilandgas_business_sm

Oil and gas contracts in the joint venture context often provide that parties own assets as “tenants in common” (see for example the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen Operating Agreements). In addition, the default position under the Law of Property Act, RSA 2000, c L-7 is that co-owners of property hold their interests as tenants in common (s. 8), unless the parties vary the relationship by contract. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:25 PM

Blaney McMurtry adds tax, estates lawyer as partner

Blaney McMurtry announced that Sunita Doobay has joined the firm as a partner. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Federal Court launches webcast pilot project

In an effort to enable access to hearings, the Federal Court is launching a webcast pilot project with its first trial scheduled to begin on Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. (PST). ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 9:37 AM

Feds consulting on changes to ‘unfair’ salary overpayment policy David Rotfleisch, taxpage.com

The federal government is proposing changes to tax rules so people who receive a salary overpayment will only have to pay back the net amount to their employer, a move experts are calling long overdue. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 12:55 PM

Robins Appleby names two new partners

Robins Appleby LLP announced that Ellad Gersh and Charlie Kim have joined the firm’s partnership. ... [read more]

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

When to protect tax information as legal advice combination_safe_sm

In Canada (MNR) v. Atlas Tube Canada ULC 2018 FC 1086 [Atlas Tube] the Federal Court held that the Canada Revenue Agency was entitled to receive an accounting due diligence report undertaken by a taxpayer in the context of a 2012 corporate acquisition. In doing so the Federal Court took an expansive view of the field of taxpayer information available to the CRA, implicitly underscoring an important advantage that lawyers bring to multidisciplinary teams working on corporate transactions, namely solicitor-client privilege. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

The remote workforce: Tax perks, pitfalls and prevention remote_employee2_sm

According to the most recent Statistics Canada report on the subject (2010), more than 1.7 million Canadians worked from home in 2008 at least once a week, an increase of almost 23 per cent from 1.4 million in 2000. Certainly, this number has continued to grow and many of those Canadians working from home offices are working for American companies. ... [read more]

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 10:39 AM

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) - Exempt supplies - Input tax credits

Appeal by International Hi-Tech Industries Inc. (IHI) from reassessments made in respect of input tax credits claimed in respect of payments made to patent agents, lawyers and payments made pursuant to two letters of credit and determining that GST was payable by the appellant on the sale of land. ... [read more]

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Charities need to tread carefully through new political activity rules charitable_donation_sm

Imagine a situation where you are consulted by a charitable organization, or even a charitable foundation, that is working to find a cure for a particular genetic disease. That charity now asks you to submit on its behalf a request to the Canada Revenue Agency for permission to carry out additional research to support a change to provincial health care rules so that new experimental medical care for that disease would be covered by provincial health care plans. ... [read more]

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 8:44 AM

Milne, Panda rulings could affect thousands of Ontario wills will_probate_sm

For many years, multiple wills have been used as a common estate planning tool. In these cases, the testator's assets are allocated between two pools. All assets requiring probate (e.g. bank accounts) are dealt with under a “public” or “primary” will, and assets that do not require probate (e.g. private company shares) are dealt with in a “private” or “secondary” will. ... [read more]