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Robin MacKnight Robert Martini. November 9, 2006 Technical amendments October 16, 2006 Notice of Ways and Means Motion – Eligible Dividends December 20,

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1 Robin MacKnight Robert Martini

2 November 9, 2006 Technical amendments October 16, 2006 Notice of Ways and Means Motion – Eligible Dividends December 20, 2006 – CRA Guidelines on Eligible Dividends Ontario Bill 74 – “Strengthening Business Through a Simpler Tax System Act, 2006” Recent cases

3 Technical Amendments November 9, 2006 technical amendments (includes revised NRT and FIE rules) What to watch for

4 Technical Amendments: Stock Dividends Proposed non-recognition of cost base Dividends subject to s. 112 deduction not included in ACB Impact on stock dividend planning?  OBCA proposed amendments  but proposals could thwart use of stock dividends in reorganizations

5 Technical Amendments: Safe Income Strips Similar to stock dividend issue PUC increase/deemed dividend problem  cost base not increased  on deemed dividends  where contributed surplus converted to PUC Uncertainty? What alternatives should be considered?

6 Technical Amendments: Cost Base Policy Rationale for these proposals? Alternative method:  daylight loan  pay actual dividend  recapitalize If same result, why introduce this rule?

7 Technical Amendments: Loss of Status as Testamentary Trust Anti-avoidance rule Watch for trust debt and liabilities Exceptions prevent loss of status

8 Technical Amendments: Other Too numerous to mention Don’t assume they are inconsequential Could affect your situation

9 Eligible Dividends October 16, 2006 revised NWMM Some changes to opening GRIP  “full rate” taxable income and M&P  intercompany dividends Uncertainty remains  dividend streaming?

10 Eligible Dividends – CRA Guidelines CRA issued Guidelines on December 20, 2006 Guidelines set out notification procedures CRA position on:  non-residents  partial dividends

11 Eligible Dividends: Issues and Considerations Consider share reorganization  class for resident shareholders  class for non-resident shareholders Investment income  can you restructure?  Goal – deferral plus eligible dividend treatment  possible?

12 Ontario Bill 74 “Strengthening Business Through a Simper Tax System Act, 2006” Stated Benefits:  single tax form  single tax collector  one set of income tax rules

13 Ontario Bill 74 One set of income tax rules?  still differences  transitional provisions Taxation Act – combines ITA and CTA

14 Recent Cases Book-keeping error or retroactive tax planning?  Irmen  Quebec Inc. Gambling winnings not taxable  Leblanc 2006 TCC 680 Waivers – Honeywell 2007 FCA 22 De Facto directors – Hartrell

15 Recent Cases RRSP strips – Nunn FCA Trusts – Rose v. Rose Piercing the corporate veil – Wildman v. Wildman

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