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U.S. Tax Tips

Aug 21, 2020

GILTI (Global Intangible Low Taxed Income)

There are a couple of developments on the GILTI front that readers may find interesting.  First, last month the IRS issued final and proposed regulations involving GILTI and the high-tax exclusion.  Second, one of Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s tax proposals is the doubling of the effective GILTI corporate tax rate from 10.5% to 21%.

To understand the potential impact of these, you first need to have a general understanding of what the GILTI provisions are meant to do and their current impact.

Jun 23, 2020

Revocable Living Trusts

It is a fairly common estate planning technique in the United States to utilize a revocable living trust (“RLT”) as part of a “United States person’s” estate planning. For U.S. estate tax purposes, a United States person would include a U.S. citizen and a U.S. domiciliary. What is not so common though, is the potential foreign impact when the underlying U.S. grantor moves to a foreign jurisdiction.

Jun 08, 2020

Economic Impact Payments – An update

In prior U.S. Tax Tips we discussed the requirements for qualified U.S. taxpayers to receive the Economic Impact Payment. The Economic Impact Payment (“EIP”) is part of the CARES Act and represents a pre-payment of a 2020 tax credit of US $1,200 per “eligible individual” and an addition US $500 per “eligible child.” Technically this credit will be claimed as part of their U.S. personal income tax return (if one is required to be filed). The payment is not limited to U.S. residents but includes “eligible individuals” who live outside the United States. Many of our clients have received their payments.

Tax Tips

Jul 29, 2020

CRA Extensions v1.1

On July 27, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) announced a further extension to the tax payment and filing due dates for certain taxes from September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. The extension applies to current year individual, corporate, and trust tax returns, as well as instalment payments. Interest will not be charged on these amounts if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 30, 2020. Whether or not full payment is required in order to receive this relief is unclear.

Apr 15, 2020

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – The Cavalry Is Coming

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) legislation has been released and is now law. In general, the CEWS will reimburse eligible employers 75 per cent of the amount of remuneration paid to eligible employees (to a maximum benefit of $847 per week).

The legislation was prepared under less than ideal circumstances so it is not surprising that there are a number of questions and observations we hope the government will address. However, we can now provide more answers than in our April 7, 2020 Tax Tip.

Apr 07, 2020

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – Is The Cavalry On Its Way?

The Federal government recently announced a number of measures to assist Canadians during the current COVID-19 crisis.  Two measures were introduced to assist businesses with retaining, rather than laying off, employees.

The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy (“TWS”) is a three- measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”).  The subsidy is 10% of remuneration paid by eligible employers (from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020) of up to $1,375 per employee, and a maximum of $25,000 per employer.  Given its limited value, Canadians were disappointed with this support program.

Transfer Pricing Newsletter

Sep 27, 2017

Eaton A.P.A. cancellations were an abuse of I.R.S. discretion

This article appears in Insights vol. 4, Issue 9.  Insights… Read more »

May 29, 2017

Amazon makes the CUT – an important taxpayer win, a reminder to consider transactional evidence

This article also appears in the May issue of Insights,… Read more »

Dec 15, 2016

Is the CRA skipping dinner in the hope of getting its deserts? Digesting the “new” Canadian transfer pricing documentation standard

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