Section 43.1

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Administrative Policy

23 April 2013 Internal T.I. 2012-0466081I7 F - Usufruct created under French legislation

gift of immovable subject to reservation of a usufruct gave rise to a disposition under s. 43.1

A Canadian-resident taxpayer who lived outside Canada made a transfer without consideration (the "Gift") to her adult children of a building and subjacent land situated in France (the "Building"), which had appreciated subsequent to its acquisition by the taxpayer. The Gift was made as a shared gift (donation-partage) in accordance with s. 1075 of the French Civil Code ("C.c.f."), with the taxpayer reserving, as permitted by s. 949 of the C.c.f., a usufruct in her favour during her lifetime (the "Arrangement"), so that she was entitled to all the income from the Building.

After noting that the creation of a usufruct governed by the C.c.f. did not give rise to a deemed trust under s. 248(3), CRA stated (TaxInterpretations translation):

… the Taxpayer is deemed to have disposed of the Immovable for consideration equal to its FMV and that her children were deemed to have acquired the property for the same amount, all in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 69(1)(b) and (c). We understand that the proceeds of disposition will be equal to the eventual excess of the FMV of the Immovable at the time of the Gift over the FMV of the Arrangement and any other rights and obligations relating to or encumbering the Immovable at that time.

After also indicating that s. 43.1(1) applied, it stated:

... the Taxpayer is deemed to have disposed of her Arrangement respecting the Immovable for proceeds equal to its FMV at the time of its establishment, being XXXXXXXXXX, and to have reacquired it, immediately after that time, at a cost equal to such deemed proceeds of disposition.

Locations of other summaries Wordcount
Tax Topics - Income Tax Act - Section 69 - Subsection 69(1) - Paragraph 69(1)(b) disposition of all building under shared gift 277
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Foreign Law 2-step approach to characterizing a French civil law transaction 244

27 November 1996 External T.I. 9620635 - gift of remainder interest of ecologically sensitive LAND

Where a corporation gave a remainder interest in ecologically sensitive land to a heritage or conservation organization and retained a life interest pur autre vie (namely, the joint lives of the shareholders of the corporation and their children), s. 43.1 would not apply because Canadian municipalities or registered charities excluded from the application of s. 43.1.


After noting that s. 43.1 did not apply because the transfer of a remainder interest by parents to their children occurred before 20 December 1991, RC stated:

"The value of a life estate in real property at a particular time is the difference between the current value of the real property and the value of the remainder interest in the real property. The fair market value of the remainder interest in the real property is determined by what a typical purchaser would currently pay for a fee simple ownership in the property subject to a life estate of certain identifiable persons. This is the future value of the present worth of the real property calculated using the life expectancy of the life tenants and an appropriate discount rate."