Interest in Henson Trust Not An Asset

S.A. v Metro Vancouver Housing Corp.   In the recently released case S.A. v Metro Vancouver Housing Corp.,[1] the Supreme Court of Canada (Supreme Court) had its first opportunity to consider the nature of Henson trusts.  Henson trusts are settled for the benefit of a person with disabilities who relies on publicly funded social assistance benefits.   The issue in …

Children Cannot Be Used As “Accomodating Parties” For Tax Planning

Caplan v Agence du revenue du Quebec[1] (Caplan) concerned distributions allocated from a discretionary trust to beneficiaries of a trust and then transferred to their father (also a beneficiary).  The court found that the children acted as an “accommodating party, whether as an agent or nominee, for their father.”  Moreover, they never had control over amounts paid to them by …

New Ownership Disclosure for Private Corporations

The Canadian federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers executed the Agreement to Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency in 2017.  The agreement required the finance ministers of each government and territory to pursue legislative amendments to corporate statutes (and other relevant legislation) to ensure that corporations hold “accurate and up to date information on beneficial owners that will be available to law …

Audit Agreements

In February 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published Audit Communique AD-19-01 “Audit Agreement and Waiver of Objection Rights.”[1]  The purpose of the document is to provide guidance on negotiating an audit agreement with taxpayers and obtaining a waiver of objection rights.   Audit Agreements   According to the document an audit agreement is “an agreement between the CRA and …

Net Worth Audits

Subsection 152(7) of the Income Tax Act[1] provides that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is not bound by a tax return provided by a taxpayer in making an assessment and notwithstanding whether a tax return has been provided the CRA may raise an assessment.  This provision permits the CRA to assess a taxpayer for any amount at any time (subject …