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Five Fasken Martineau Partners make the 2017 Tax Controversy Leader’s list

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The 7th edition of the International Tax Review guide mentioned five partners of Fasken as leading tax dispute resolution lawyers in Canada. This prestigious recognition is based on their outstanding success in the past year and consistently positive feedback from peers and clients.

The five partners that made the Tax Controversy Leader’s list of 2017 are :

Congratulations to the listed partners!

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Cinq associés Fasken Martineau figurent dans la liste des chefs de file en litige fiscal

businessman-2056022_1920La 7e édition du répertoire International Tax Review fait mention de cinq associés de Fasken à titre de chefs de file dans le domaine du contentieux fiscal au Canada. Cette reconnaissance prestigieuse est basée sur leur succès remarquable au cours de la dernière année et des commentaires positifs de pairs et de clients.

Les cinq associés figurant dans la liste des chefs de file en litige fiscal de 2017 sont :

Félicitations aux associés nommés!

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Targeting Private Corporation Tax Planning: the Canadian Federal Government’s Proposal

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(The full version of this bulletin was originally published on Fasken.com – “The Federal Government’s Proposals Targeting Private Corporation Tax Planning” – August 3, 2017.)

On July 18, 2017 (the “Consultation Date”), the Minister of Finance (Canada), the Honourable William Morneau, released the Government’s proposals to address tax planning commonly used by private corporations and their owners in the form of a paper (the “Consultation Paper”) and draft legislation amending the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Tax Act”) to implement certain of the proposed measures.

The Government addresses three broad issues in the Consultation Paper:

  • sprinkling income using private corporations;
  • holding a passive investment portfolio inside a private corporation; and
  • converting a private corporation’s regular income into capital gains.

Selected proposals and tax measures are detailed below.

Details of the Proposed Tax Measures

Income Sprinkling

Background

The Consultation Paper notes that the Government has imposed a progressive personal income tax system with five marginal tax rates ranging between 15 percent and 33 percent that apply at different taxable income thresholds. The Government is concerned with arrangements that effectively transfer income that may otherwise be taxable in the hands of a high-income individual to a family member subject to lower tax rates resulting in lower tax receipts for the Government (“income sprinkling”).

The Tax Act currently has a number of provisions that deny or limit the potential benefits of income sprinkling, but the Government believes that additional measures are necessary with a particular focus on investments in private corporations.

Proposed Tax Measures

The measures proposed by the Government fall into three categories:

  1. extension of the tax on split-income (“TOSI”) provisions;
  2. restricting claims under the lifetime capital gains exemption (the “LCGE”); and
  3. new tax reporting obligations applicable to trusts and partnerships.

 

Continue reading to learn how the Canadian Federal Government’s announced target tax planning strategies affect private corporations.

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English vs French – Linguistic favoritism by Tax Court Judge : decision quashed by the FCA

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In Industrielle Alliance vs. Mazraani and MNR[1], the Federal Court of Appeal recently quashed a Tax Court of Canada decision on the basis that the trial judge violated the linguistic rights of both witnesses and counsel for Industrielle Alliance. The reasons for judgment can be found here in English and French.

The Tax Court of Canada decision

Before the Tax Court of Canada (TCC), Kassem Mazraani[2] appealed the Minister’s determination that he was not engaged in insurable employment while working for Industrielle Alliance between April and November 2012. Industrielle was an intervenor to the appeal and had taken the position that the Minister’s determination was correct since an independent contractor agreement had been concluded with Mazraani. The appeal was heard under the informal procedure before Justice Archambault and the hearing lasted 6 days. Mazraani filed his appeal in English, the Minister’s reply was in English also and Industrielle’ s intervention was in French.

In a massive 160 page decision, the TCC concluded that Mazraani was engaged in insurable employment.

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Favoritisme linguistique lors d’une audition à la Cour canadienne de l’impôt : la Cour d’appel fédérale annule une décision

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Dans la récente décision Industrielle Alliance, Assurance et services financiers Inc. c. Mazraanim et M.N.R.[1], la Cour d’appel fédérale annule une décision de la Cour canadienne de l’impôt au motif que le juge de première instance a enfreint les droits linguistiques des témoins et de l’avocat de l’Industrielle Alliance. Les motifs du jugement peuvent être consultés ici en anglais et en français.

Décision de la Cour canadienne de l’impôt

Devant la Cour canadienne de l’impôt (CCI), Kassem Mazraani[2] en appelait de la décision du Ministre selon laquelle il n’occupait pas un emploi assurable auprès d’Industrielle Alliance durant la période d’avril à novembre 2012. Industrielle Alliance était une intervenante dans le cadre de l’appel à la CCI. Elle soutenait que la décision du Ministre était juste, puisque l’entreprise avait conclu un contrat d’entrepreneur indépendant avec Mazraani. L’appel a été entendu selon la procédure informelle par le juge Archambault et l’audition a duré six (6) jours. L’avis d’appel de Mazraani était en anglais, la réponse du Ministre était aussi en anglais et l’avis d’intervention d’Industrielle Alliance était en français.

Dans une décision imposante de 160 pages, la CCI a conclu que Mazraani avait occupé un emploi assurable.

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