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Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

Tech and taxes: From robots to the universal basic income robot_tax_sm

In July of this year a report came out identifying a looming erosion in Ontario’s tax base at a time when revenues will be required for the province’s aging population. The report was produced by the Mowat Centre, an independent public-policy think tank at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. It was called “Robots, Revenues and Responses: Ontario and the Future of Work.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

New mortgage rules make borrowing easier for self-employed self_employed_mortgage

On July 19, 2018, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) announced the implementation of new mortgage lending rules designed to help the self-employed secure mortgages and enter or maintain their position in Canada’s housing market, to take effect on October 1, 2018. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Audit - Requirement to provide documents or information

Application by the taxpayer from a decision requiring him to disclose information issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 @ 8:34 AM

Getting pre-retirement death benefits when left out of the will pension_benefit_sm

At a time when mourning is already the prevailing emotion, it is not uncommon for clients to find out in the face of the death of their loved one that they have not been provided for in the deceased’s will or considered with respect to the deceased’s assets that pass outside the estate. Fortunately, the Succession Law Reform Act (SLRA) provides a statutory mechanism for a dependant to commence a dependant’s relief claim against the deceased’s estate and assets that pass outside the estate, for support where the deceased has not adequately provided for a dependant’s needs. ... [read more]

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]