Taxation

Thought Leaders

DAC Investment and the GAAR: Did the Tax Court of Canada get it right?

Allan Lanthier is unconvinced by the reasoning in a recent Tax Court of Canada decision involving a Canadian-controlled private corporation and the BVI
Business

Carbon Tax: Correction demanded for 'big error' in carbon price report

A recent PBO report overestimated the real costs of the carbon tax because it mistakenly included the impact of industrial carbon prices on individual Canadians
Thought Leaders

Why the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a bad deal for Canadians — and the world

Taxpayers are on the hook for an economically disastrous Faustian bargain that will burden future generations of Canadians as it contributes to climate chaos
Practice

Federal Court Of Appeal overturns GAAR assessment on the existence of alternative transactions

Canadian tax accountant and lawyer David J Rotfleisch explains why the FCA quashed a Tax Court of Canada decision involving a CRA GAAR abuse analysis
Thought Leaders

Crystallizing capital gains before June 25: What about the GAAR?

Allan Lanthier explains why the General Anti-Avoidance Rule, as amended by Bill C-59, should not apply to a planning alternative to new capital gains rules
Practice

Federal Budget 2024 — Proposed Changes to Capital Gains Rules

Greg Farano of Gardiner Roberts LLP does a deep dive into the details of capital gains rule changes that may create uncertainty for taxpayers and their advisers
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.05.19: Shambolic tenant tax crisis, Poilievre capital gains op-ed, and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Practice

Case Commentary: Persaud v The King – When can you claim tax deductions (Including medical bills) for dependants?

Tax residence is key, says Canadian tax accountant and lawyer David J Rotfleisch, to claiming medical expense deductions for dependents under the Income Tax Act
Thought Leaders

The new game in town: Capital gains and the alternative minimum tax

The federal government's new capital gains rules have left taxpayers in a pickle says Allan Lanthier. But here's a planning alternative with a deadline of June 24
Business

Less infrastructure funding leaves municipalities with tough decisions

Under a new funding formula, Alberta municipalities are receiving less funding from the provincial government than they did in 2011, leading to potential tax hikes
Business

Debate continues over impact of next minimum wage increase

In Niverville, Manitoba, one chartered professional accountant gives his perspective on a minimum wage that has increased by nearly four dollars in two years
Practice

Tax Court Of Canada rejects CRA's attempt to apply gross-negligence penalties in statute-barred years

Canadian accountant and tax lawyer David J Rotfleisch looks at the case of an Alberta restauranteur and an inheritance in Fuhr v. The King
Business

Carbon rebate could bode well for businesses: advocate

Small businesses are pleased to see the carbon rebate being rolled out but are nervous about the repercussions of the capital gains tax changes
Opinion

Letter to the Editor: PM Trudeau’s comment takes aim at accountants amidst capital gains changes confusion

John Oakey of CPA Canada says the Prime Minister's recent comment about accountants was an unexpected turn in the capital gains debate
Business

Queen's profs weigh in on federal budget

Two Queen's University professors question whether the Liberals have thought through the implications of their changes to capital gains taxation
Business

Unpaid taxes by oil and gas companies remains a concern for rural municipalities

In recent years, the issue of oil and gas companies owing money to Alberta municipalities has become a significant concern, with millions in unpaid taxes
Thought Leaders

Canadian federal budget 2024: Does it deliver on ‘generational fairness’ promise for Gen Z and Millennials?

Whether the federal budget will help millennials and Gen Z through tax initiatives, says Gustavson accounting professor Douglas A. Stuart, is subject to speculation
Thought Leaders

An economist explains: Textbook economics is badly flawed when it comes to climate change

Double standards abound on the carbon tax, says MacEwan University economics professor Junaid B. Jahangir, despite the support (and limits) of textbook economics
Thought Leaders

Stock markets signal a growing gap between Canadian and American clean tech firms

Canadian taxpayer-supported clean tech startups may move south of the border due to regulatory risk and political uncertainty despite substantial tax benefits
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.04.07 Bare trusts, KPMG decision, PCAOB-PKF, and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Thought Leaders

Fossil fuel subsidies cost Canadians a lot more money than the carbon tax

Subsidies cost Canadian taxpayers roughly $214 per taxpayer every year — and unlike the federal carbon tax, Canadians don’t get a rebate on this tax
Profession

Sunday News Roundup 24.03.31 Bare trusts laid bare and more Canadian accounting news

Wrapping up the odds and ends from the past week in Canadian accounting news
Practice

Airbnb sale subject to GST/HST

Amit Ummat and Alisha Butani of Ummat Tax Law provide an overview of the Tax Court of Canada’s ruling in 1351231 Ontario Inc v. The King, 2024 TCC 37
Practice

How international athletes are taxed in Canada: Toronto Maple Leafs' captain John Tavares embroiled in tax litigation with CRA

Tavares is a high-profile opportunity for the CRA to test the limits to the structuring of athlete salaries explains Canadian accountant and tax lawyer David J Rotfleisch
Thought Leaders

Taxes aren’t just about money — they shape how we think about each other

Research shows taxpayers perceive paying income tax, but not regressive sales taxes, as contributing as a citizen for the purpose of the common good