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Devon: TCC considers large corporation rules

In Devon Canada Corporation v. The Queen the issue is whether the taxpayer (“Devon”) may deduct $20,884,041 paid to cancel issued stock options. After the close of pleadings, the Crown brought a procedural motion relating to...more

Canadian government vs. Ottawa think tank - a battle of bias

Classic case of they said, they said - Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency began auditing an Ottawa-based think tank, accusing the company of being “biased and one-sided.” Now, more than 400 academics are demanding...more

RRSP Eligibility for Renewable Energy Co-Operatives: Could there be a solution at last?

One of the major obstacles facing renewable energy co-operatives is the concern that, although they are a co-operative for the purposes of the Cooperative Corporations Act (Ontario) (the “CCA”), they may not be co-operatives...more

McKesson: Respondent’s Factum Filed

Earlier this year, McKesson Canada Corporation appealed the decision of the Tax Court of Canada in McKesson Canada Corporation v. The Queen (2013 TCC 404) (see Federal Court of Appeal File Nos. A-48-14 and A-49-14). At...more

Tax Reminders? Now There’s an App For That

We have previously blogged about litigation apps and the absence of Canadian litigation and tax litigation apps. Yesterday, the Canada Revenue Agency introduced a new tool for tax compliance with the release of the...more

CRA Owes a Duty of Care to Taxpayers

While taxpayers have initiated a number of civil claims against the CRA, alleging everything from negligence to fraud, these claims are rarely successful, as courts have traditionally been reluctant to ascribe any duty of...more

McKesson: Appellant’s Factum Filed

On January 10, 2014, McKesson Canada Corporation appealed the decision of the Tax Court of Canada in McKesson Canada Corporation v. The Queen (2013 TCC 404) (see Federal Court of Appeal File Nos. A-48-14 and A-49-14)....more

Galachiuk: TCC Clarifies Due Diligence Defence Under 163(1)

Subsection 163(1) of the Income Tax Act (the “Act”) imposes a penalty of 10% on an amount that a taxpayer fails to report in his/her return where there has been a previous failure to report income in any of the three...more

CRA Update: Aggressive Tax Planning

At the Toronto Centre Canada Revenue Agency & Tax Professionals Breakfast Seminar on June 10, 2014, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) provided an update on selected CRA Compliance Measures in the Aggressive Tax Planning...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-08

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

McIntyre: Not What You Bargained For?

When are the parties to a civil tax dispute bound by agreed facts from a criminal proceeding? This was the question considered by the Tax Court of Canada on a Rule 58 motion made by the taxpayers in McIntrye et al v....more

OECD Releases Discussion Draft on Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy

On March 24, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft identifying the major tax challenges raised by the rapidly developing digital economy and summarizing several possible options to address these challenges. Comments on...more

SCC Grants Leave To Appeal In Guindon v. The Queen

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Guindon v. The Queen (Docket # 35519). In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether penalties imposed under section 163.2 of the Income Tax Act...more

Tax Court Upholds Penalties Imposed For False Statements

In Morton v. The Queen (2014 TCC 72), the Tax Court of Canada upheld penalties imposed by the Minister of National Revenue (the “Minister”) under subsection 163(2) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act””) despite novel...more

Tax Court Rules Amounts Paid Out Of Ponzi Scheme Not Taxable

The tax treatment of amounts paid out of failed Ponzi schemes is once again in the news. In Roszko v. The Queen (2014 TCC 59), the Tax Court of Canada allowed the taxpayer’s appeal and held that amounts paid out of a...more

Canada’s 2014 Budget Proposals on Back-to-Back Loans

The 2014 Canadian federal budget (Budget 2014) proposes to introduce to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (ITA) new anti-avoidance provisions regarding “back-to-back loans” that, where applicable, may affect the deductibility of...more

Canada Signs FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States

Canada and the United States announced on February 5, 2014, that they had signed a long-awaited intergovernmental agreement (Canada–U.S. IGA) that dramatically expands the sharing of tax-related information between the...more

Taxable In Canada? Not A Black And White Situation

In Black v. The Queen (2014 TCC 12), Lord Conrad Black argued that he was not subject to tax in Canada on certain income and taxable benefits. Both Lord Black and the CRA agreed that he was a resident of both Canada and the...more

IRS: No FTC For 3.8 Percent NIIT

No significant US tax changes are set to take effect in 2014; in contrast to last year, taxpayers are not standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff. Recently, however, the IRS released final Treasury regulations (TD 9644,...more

CRA Rocks The Boat: Garber et al. v. The Queen

Readers who were tax practitioners in the mid-80s will well remember the luxury yacht tax shelters, which were sold in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and which were one of the most popular tax shelters of that period. Many of us had...more

The McKesson Case – A Holiday Gift From Justice Boyle Of The Tax Court Of Canada: Ask And You Shall Receive(able) – Canada’s...

On Friday, December 20th, the Tax Court of Canada released the long-awaited and lengthy decision of Justice Patrick Boyle in McKesson Canada Corporation v. The Queen, a case involving transfer pricing adjustments under...more

Canada Revenue Agency to Treat Funds Obtained Through “Crowdfunding” Activities as Business Income

On August 16, 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued a technical interpretation dealing with the treatment of funds obtained through, and related expenses incurred in respect of, “crowdfunding” activities by a taxpayer...more

CRA’s New Pre-Rulings Consultations Service

On November 26th, 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) participated in a Roundtable session at the 65th Annual Tax Conference of the Canadian Tax Foundation held in Toronto, Ontario. The panelists announced a one-year...more

Possible PFIC, Possible Relief

Many a US taxpayer who holds shares in a Canco may be subject to the onerous US passive foreign investment company (PFIC) tax regime. Although the PFIC rules are designed to eliminate the benefit of a US tax deferral on...more

The Tax Court Of Canada And The World Of Opera

Moliere once said, “Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.” In Knapik-Sztramko v. The Queen (2013-799(IT)I, October 17, 2013), the Tax Court of Canada managed to reduce some of that cost, at least...more

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