Canadian Tax Podcast for the week of April 05, 2021. This week we cover:
- Principal Residence Exemption to be taxed?
- Joe Biden’s proposed corporate tax rate changes;
- Quebec lowers corporate taxes on small businesses;
- CRA’s “Before You Call” List;
- How to approach filing 11 years of late corporate and personal tax returns;
- What happens with late-paid instalments for self-employed people;
- Reporting joint venture income;
“This is the Canadian Tax Podcast, Episode # 006, hosted by me, Cameron Ware. Good morning”
- “Happy Monday, it is the week of April 05, 2021. We’ll start with the news.
[ITEM 1] – CAPITAL GAINS TAX
- Financial Post article talking about messing with the Principal Residence Exemption / capital gains exemption
- The fact that this is being talked about at all is concerning.
- Maybe a system like the US: $250k / $500k married;
[ITEM 2] – JOE BIDEN’S CORPORATE TAX
- Joe Biden thinking of messing with corporate tax rate
- Generally increase from 21% to 28% (Then you have State tax on top of that.)
- Also wants to mess with GILTI rates (IRC ss 951A(a)), from 10.5% to 21%
- US shareholder of Canadian corp (Controlled Foreign Corp) = Problem
[ITEM 3] – QUEBEC – SMALL BUSINESS DEDUCTION INCREASE
- Quebec budget released details that they will drop the Provincial SBD rates from 4% to 3.2%.
- Small businesses there will pay 12.2% combined Fed and Prov.
ITEM  – CRA: BEFORE YOU CALL
- CRA released their version of a “FAQ” for help prior to getting on the phone to call them
- Brilliant tips like: Check “Canada.ca”, or “Check Wait Times”;
- Hasn’t filed Returns In 11 Years
- Don’t feel badly. This is why I started the podcast: to help situations like this. I can’t answer everything, but hope to give a starting point.
- #1: 11 years. Do you still have a corp? Wasn’t struck from the registry? (Hope that it was.)
- If it was, just file a T2125 going forward.
- If not, you technically have 11 years of T2’s, GST rtns, t-slips, and T1 returns.
- Might be worth doing a Voluntary Disclosure Program application;
- Self-Employed: Instalments
- You’ve missed the window to do instalments. So that ship has sailed.
- So if you have over $3k in taxes payable, CRA wants you to do instalments for the year.
- SUGGESTION, but with teeth.
- If you choose not to do the instalments, you get charged interest.
- Sometimes a penalty ($1,000, or 25% of the instalment interest charged) /2
- Rates are 5% right now
- Just pay it now. One less thing hanging over your head.
- Joint Venture
- Joint Venture is a non-entity entity. It exists for a specific project or task
- In this case, intention is that you are 50/50 venturers. (You do have a JV agreement, riiiight?)
- Only difference is that co-venturer put up mortgage cash. Means her equity interest in the JV is higher (by whatever down payment.
- Secondly, you need to report not “cash flow”, but your full portion of the JV income/expenses. 50% of income/expenses show up on your filings.
- Fun fact: Usually will see 2 S125’s: one for your corp’s operations, and one detailing the 50% JV operation.
- Few other things: Fixed assets are dealt with at the venturer level, meaning rarely (if ever) see depreciation taken at the JV level. (If you do, problem)
- Stub period. Corp owners have different fiscal years to JV = need to do 12mo reporting for that specific period (Killed back in Nov/11).
This is Canadian Tax Podcast, thanks for listening.