Income Tax Severed Letters - 2004-11-19


16 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0064821E5 F - 88(1) Bump

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88(1) 256(6.1)

Principal Issues: Whether 88(1)(c.3)(ii) would apply in the situation described in the letter?

Position: No.

Reasons: Wording of 88(1)(c.3)(ii) and purpose of the provision.

16 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0097241I7 - Severance Payment and RPP pensionable earnings

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Principal Issues: Whether a severance payment qualifies as "compensation" for the purposes of the registered pension plan (RPP) rules when received as a salary continuance or as a lump sum amount.

Position: Payments received as salary continuance may qualify subject to the terms of the RPP. However, a lump sum amount received as a retiring allowance will not qualifiy as "compensation" for the purposes of the RPP rules.

Reasons: The definition of "compensation" in subsection 147.1(1) of the Act, provides that an amount received in respect of an individual's office or employment and that is required to be included in income under sections 5 or 6 of the Act will meet the definition. Where the terms of a separation agreement provide for the severance amount to be paid in the form of salary continuance, the amount will be included in employment income under either subsection 5(1) of the Act alone or together with paragraph 6(3)(b). Accordingly, the amount will qualify as compensation. However, the payment of a retiring allowance is included in income under subsection 56(1) of the Act and would not meet the definition of compensation for the purposes of the RPP rules.

16 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0088031E5 - Principal Residence-"one-plus" rule

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Principal Issues: If a taxpayer disposes of two properties in the same taxation year and both properties are designated principal residences (for different years) for purposes of the Act, can both properties take advantage of the "one-plus" rule in paragraph 40(2)(b) of the Act?

Position: Yes.

Reasons: Paragraph 40(2)(b) applies on a property-by-property basis. Where a taxpayer disposes of both a city home and a cottage in the same taxation year, both properties may take advantage of the "one-plus" benefit provided all other requirements of paragraph 40(2)(b) and the definition of "principal residence" in subsection 54(1) of the Act have been met.

16 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0101221E5 - Employee Stock Purchase Plan

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Principal Issues: Whether the deduction available under paragraph 110(1)(d) of the Act applies where the Employee Stock Option Plan provides for the share to be acquired for an amount equal to its fair market value less a specific discount?

Position: No.

Reasons: The deduction under division 110(1)(d)(ii)(A) of the Act will only be available to a taxpayer where the actual exercise price of the share is equal to or greater than the fair market value for the share at the time the option was granted.

16 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0081941E5 - SIB-leasing of portable trailers&equipment

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Principal Issues: Whether the leasing of portable trailers and equipment to XXXXXXXXXX operators on a temporary basis would constitute carrying on a business that is a "specified investment business" for purposes of s.125 of the Act.

Position: No.

Reasons: These trailers and equipment are not real property. The business would be excluded from the definition of SIB by virtue of being a business of leasing property other than real property.

15 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0101621E5 - Test Wind Turbine - CRCE

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Reg 1219(1) Reg 1219(3)

Principal Issues: Whether certain revisions to the transactions detailed in our file 2004-005784 would alter our opinion regarding the ability of each of three wind turbines to qualify as a "test wind turbine" for purposes of CRCE under proposed amendments to section 1219 of the Regulations.

Position: No. Provided the amendments come into force as proposed and the taxpayer proceeds with the development of the wind farm projects under the revised plan, each of the wind turbines would so qualify.

Reasons: Based upon the wording of the proposed amendments, written opinions received from Natural Resources Canada and the facts of the situation.

15 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0075401E5 - Sale of Common Property-Principal Residence

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54 40(2)(b)

Principal Issues: Would the proceeds from the sale of a vacant lot held in a bare land strata be treated as a disposition of part of the respective principal residences for each of the strata owners?

Position: Question of fact and of law. Does not appear to meet the definition of principal residence.

Reasons: Insufficient information to conclude if vacant lot was required to be acquired by home owners in the strata and whether this would be sufficient to qualify it as part of their principal residences.

10 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0092561E5 F - 85(1), 248(1) "Disposition"

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85(1) 248(1)
no disposition on common-for-common exchange

Principal Issues: In the two given fact situations:
1) Whether the "exchange" of common shares of the capital stock of a corporation for preferred shares and common shares of the capital stock of the same corporation would constitute a disposition of all the common shares for the purposes of subsection 85(1) of the Act.
2) Whether the "exchange" of preferred shares of the capital stock of a corporation for shares of a different class of preferred shares having the same rights except the rate of dividend entitlement would constitute a disposition for the purposes of subsection 85(1) of the Act.

Position: 1) No.
2) Yes.

Reasons: Wording of the Act and current positions.

10 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0082191E5 - Requirement to issue T2200

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8(10) 248(1)

Principal Issues: Is a taxpayer obligated to complete T2200's for a particular individual?

Position: Question of fact

Reasons: Form T2200 must be signed by an employer in order for an employee to claim certain deductions. "Employer" is defined in subsection 248(1) as, "in relation to an officer, means the person from whom the officer receives the officer's remuneration". Insufficient facts provided to determine whether the individual is an officer or employee and whether the requirements of paragraph 8(1)(h) or (h.1) have been met.

10 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0096611E5 - photovoltaic system

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Class 43.1

Principal Issues: tax treatment of photovoltaic system used in a business

Position: Outlined requirements of Class 43.1 and Reg. 1219 (CRCE)

Reasons: as per legislation

10 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0077831E5 F - Biens à usage personnel

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39 46(1) 46(3) 54

Principales Questions: 1. Est-ce que le profit réalisé lors de la disposition d'objets de collection est un gain en capital ou un revenu d'entreprise?
2. Est-ce que le paragraphe 46(1) de la Loi s'applique lors de la disposition?
3. Est-ce que le paragraphe 46(3) de la Loi s'applique à la présente situation?

Position Adoptée: 1. Sous réserve d'un examen de tous les faits pertinents, le profit pourrait être imposé à titre de gain en capital.
2. Le paragraphe 46(1) s'applique parce que les objets de la collection sont des biens à usage personnel.
3. Il n'y a pas assez de renseignements pour prendre position. Cependant, si chacun des objets est vendu à un acheteur différent, le paragraphe 46(3) ne s'applique pas.

Raisons: 1. Lors de l'acquisition des objets, il ne semblait pas avoir l'intention de les vendre mais de les conserver pour l'agrément personnel. La durée de détention est longue. Le contribuable ne semble pas se livrer habituellement à des activités qui lui rapportent un profit en rapport avec la collection. Il ne s'agit pas non plus d'un projet comportant un risque ou une affaire de caractère commercial.
2. Le contribuable détient les biens pour son agrément personnel ce qui répond à la définition de biens à usage personnel à l'article 54 de la Loi.
3. Libellé du paragraphe 46(3) de la Loi. De plus, nous ne pouvons déterminer si des éléments de la collection ou certains d'entre eux sont des biens qui se rattachent les uns aux autres, qui sont reliés entre eux.

10 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0098211I7 - Section 67.1 of the Act

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67.1 9 18(1)(a)

Principal Issues: Does section 67.1 apply to meal and entertainment expenses incurred for legitimate business purposes to the extent that the expenses are not lavish or extravagant?

Position: Yes.

Reasons: The wording of the provision is clear. Unless one of the exceptions contained in subsection 67.1(2) applies, subsection 67.1(1) limits the deduction to 50% of the amount otherwise deductible.
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8 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0093441I7 - DPSP - Contributions Based on US Parent's Profits

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147(1) 147(5.1) 251(2)(b)(i) 251(1)

Principal Issues: Where an employer's contributions are to be computed with reference to its profits and that of its U.S. parent, and the employer has no profits, can an employer make a contribution to a DPSP based on its U.S. parent's profits?

Position: Yes, provided the corporations are not dealing at arm's length and the contributions are made in accordance with the terms of the plan.

Reasons: An employer whose contributions are determined by reference to profits can base such contributions on its own profits for the year or on the combined profits for the year of it and corporations with which it does not deal at arm's length. In this scenario, the U.S. parent controls the employer and therefore does not deal at arm's length with the employer pursuant to subsection 251(1) and subparagraph 251(2)(b)(i) of the Act. In a situation involving combined profits where the employer's own profits are nil, an employer could end up basing its contributions solely on the profits of the parent.

3 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0075051E5 - Principal residence exemption-ss 40(4)

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54 40(2)(b) 40(4) 70(6)

Principal Issues: Calculation of principal residence exemption where subsection 40(4) applies.

Position: In general terms, the effect of subsection 40(4) of the Act is to make it possible for the individual/transferee to claim the principal residence exemption under paragraph 40(2)(b) of the Act for taxation years when the property would have been the transferor's principal residence. For the property to have been the spouse/transferor's principal residence, the spouse/transferor must have been eligible to so designate it, i.e., the property must have otherwise met the definition of a principal residence of the spouse/transferor for the years in question.

Reasons: Review of the law, previous position in particular E950769

3 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0085701E5 - Disposal for no proceeds

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69(1)(b) 80(1)

Principal Issues: Gifting of promissory note to son for no proceeds - consequences

Position: 69(1)(b) issue

Reasons: Scheme of the Act

1 November 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0083561E5 - Bankruptcy-Ontario Tax Reduction

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Principal Issues: Whether a bankrupt individual is entitled to claim an Ontario Tax Reduction in the calendar year of bankruptcy.

Position: Yes, but only on the "post-bankruptcy return".

Reasons: Ss.7(4) of the OITA provides that the OTR cannot be claimed in respect of a taxation year that does not include the 31st day of December. Ss. 7(6) of the OITA provides that a claim for an OTR cannot be made in respect of a tax return filed on behalf of a bankrupt individual by a trustee in bankruptcy pursuant to par. 128(2)(e) of the Federal Act.

27 October 2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0080901E5 F - Cotisation professionnelle-frais de traduction

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8(1)i) 118.5(3) 118.5(1)

Principales Questions: Dans le cadre de sa charge et de son emploi, un contribuable a dû faire traduire des documents concernant son programme d'étude et ses diplômes afin de voir son titre reconnu par un ordre professionnel.
Peut-il déduire à titre de dépenses d'emploi, les frais de traduction payés?
Si ce n'est pas une dépense d'emploi, peut-il les déduire à tout autre titre, par exemple à titre de frais de scolarité?.

Position Adoptée: 1. Non. 2. Non.

Nous sommes d'avis que les frais encourus par un contribuable pour faire traduire les documents concernant son programme d'étude et ses diplômes, dans le but de se qualifier auprès d'une association professionnelle, ne sont pas visés par le sous-alinéa 8(1)i)(i) de la Loi ou par toute autre disposition prévue à l'article 8 de la Loi.
Selon les informations soumises, rien ne nous permettrait de conclure que les frais de traduction entreraient dans le cadre des frais accessoires visés par le paragraphe 118.5(3) de la Loi, c'est-à-dire auraient été payés à un établissement (université, collège ou autre ) au titre de l'inscription du contribuable à un programme de niveau postsecondaire.

2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0092731R3 - Withholding Tax exemption on-loan to a lp

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Principal Issues: Can a corporation on-loan to a limited partnership?

Position: Yes

Reasons: Corporate structure in place provides better security for the lenders

2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0086191R3 - Reasonableness Shareholder Manager Remuneration

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67 18(1)(a) 5(1)

Principal Issues: The deductibility of shareholder/manger remuneration that is paid out of income triggered from the proceeds of a sale of business assets.

Position: Remuneration is deductible.

Reasons: Amount is reasonable and incurred for the purpose of earning business income.

2004 Miscellaneous 2004-0091211R3 - Health Care Expense Account

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Principal Issues: Whether a health care expense account offered to employees who are already covered by a flex benefits plan, would qualify as a private health services plan; and, whether the allocation of credits, which is linked to a bonus the employees may be entitled to receive, would result in employment income to the employees

Position: The plan is a private health services plan, and the allocation will not result in taxable employment income for the employees.

Reasons: Consistent with IT-529 and previous rulings on the issue.

Administrative Letter

10 November 2004 Administrative Letter 2004-0080712E5 F - Disposition d'un intérêt - police d'assurance-vie

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Principales Questions: Des modifications à une police d'assurance-vie entraînent-elles une disposition d'un intérêt dans la police?

Position Adoptée: C'est une question de fait et de droit

Raisons: S'il y a un nouveau contrat en droit civil, il y a une disposition au sens du paragraphe 148(9) à moins d'une disposition contraire expresse dans la Loi de l'impôt sur le revenu.