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Principal Issues: Does subsection 244(20) apply for the purposes of subsection 152(1.5)?
Reasons: Textual, contextual and purposive application of the Act.
October 18, 2016
Marius Patras HEADQUARTERS
Senior Program Officer Income Tax Rulings
Compliance Program Branch Directorate
112 Kent St., Place de Ville Sophie Larochelle
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0L5
Interaction of subsections 152(1.5) and 244(20)
We are writing in reply to one aspect of the questions you posed to us in your emails of April 2016, that which asks us whether the presumption found in subsection 244(20) of the Income Tax Act (the “Act”) supersedes subsection 152(1.5) with respect to the Minister of National Revenue’s (the “Minister”) obligation to send a notice of determination to each person who was a member of a partnership during the fiscal period covered by a notice of determination in respect of the partnership. Your other questions will be dealt with at a later time.
Unless otherwise noted, all statutory references herein are to the Act.
Subsection 152(1.5) requires the Minister to send a notice of the determination made under subsection 152(1.4) in respect of a fiscal period of a partnership to the partnership and to each person who was a member of the partnership during that fiscal period. On the other hand, subsection 244(20) deems each member of a partnership to have been provided with any notice or other document if the said notice or document was mailed to, served on or otherwise sent to the partnership either at its latest known address or place of business or at the latest known address of any of its members or, in the case of a limited partnership, any of its members whose liability is not limited.
Subsection 244(20) is stated to apply for all purposes of the Act. As the intention of subsection 244(20), according to the Department of Finance explanatory notes, is to provide “a more efficient manner in which to administer and enforce the Act”, we have no trouble concluding that it is intended to apply for the purposes of subsection 152(1.5), notwithstanding the slight discrepancy in the wording, i.e. the use of the word “send” in subsection 152(1.5) and the word “provided” in subsection 244(20). It is notable that a similar conclusion was arrived at in the recent Tax Court of Canada decision in Menzies (footnote 1), although that case was tried under the informal procedure and its precedential value is therefore limited.
As such, it is our view that subsection 244(20) relieves the Minister from its obligation to send a notice of determination to each person who was a member of the partnership during the fiscal period covered by the notice of determination where the notice of determination is mailed to, served on or otherwise sent to the partnership at the latest known address of the partnership.
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We trust that these comments will be of assistance, and thank you for your enquiry.
Dave Beaulne, CPA, CA
Income Tax Rulings Directorate
Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch
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1 2016 TCC 73.
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