Short-Term Preferred Share

Administrative Policy

28 June 2001 External T.I. 2001-007320 -

Where a corporation proceeds with a substantial issuer bid at a price that is at a premium over the previous trading price of its shares on a stock exchange, the shares will not necessarily become taxable preferred shares or short-term preferred shares as a result of the bid. Although the value of a share on the stock exchange is an indication of its fair market value, the Agency feels that all the circumstances surrounding each particular situation must be examined to make this determination. Furthermore, the definitions make specific reference to alternative valuation methods employing assets and/or earnings of the corporation.

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Tax Topics - General Concepts - Fair Market Value - Shares 116

4 October 2000 External T.I. 2000-003920 -

"Generally, where a shareholder is entitled to have a share redeemed in the event of a sale or merger at any time of the underlying corporation, we would consider that the corporation may be 'required to redeem, acquire or cancel, in whole or in part' a preferred share at 'any time within five years from the date of its issue'."

93 C.R. - Q. 10

A share is considered to be "convertible" or "exchangeable" for purposes of paragraph (b) where either the holder or the issuing corporation has the option to convert or exchange.

2 November 89 T.I. (April 90 Access Letter, ¶1191)

An ESOP or an EVCP must require that the corporation redeem a shareholder's shares in certain circumstances for an amount determined in accordance with the provisions of the Employee's Investment Act (B.C.). To the extent that the retraction price does not provide for a minority discount, it could exceed the fair market value of the share and therefore be outside of the exception.


Sugg, "Preferred Share Review: Anomalies and Traps for the Unwary", 1992 Conference Report, c.22.