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Life in the Tax Lane from Video Tax News - 2016 & 2015 Videos

We're pleased to be able to share these informative videos from Video Tax News.  They are not too long, cover a wide range of topics, and are quite entertaining!  Once you view them, you can search our site for information on these or other topics - see the search box at the top of any page on our site.  The links under each video provide the sources for the information in the video.

The videos are 10-minute rapid-fire discussions of select recent developments in the wonderful world of Canadian tax by the Video Tax News Team.

Life in the Tax Lane - December 2016

November 30, 2016


  1. Mandatory Tip Calculation – Quebec

  2. Finance Committee Report

  3. Small Business Deduction (SBD) Multiplication – Associated Corporations –Video Tax News’ Small Business Deduction Video and Bill C-29

  4. RRSP Overcontributions – T1-Ovp

  5. Salary To Spouse

  6. U.S. Voluntary Disclosure Program Articles:

Tips and Gratuities - CPP and EI

Small Business Deduction

RRSP Contribution Limits

U.S. Citizens or Dual Citizens Residing Outside the U.S. -

Life in the Tax Lane - November 2016

October 27, 2016


  1. Principal Residence Exemption – Changes:

    1. Oct 3, 2016 Dept. of Finance News Release

    2. CRA - Reporting the sale of your principal residence for individuals (other than trusts)

    3. LinkedIn - The Principal Residence Exemption Just Changed - Joe Devaney

  2. Uber Search Warrants – Quebec

  3. Information Provided in an Audit - LexSage Professional Corporation

  4. Pre-Budget Consultations:

    1. Sep 26, 2016 Dept. of Finance News Release

    2. #Budget2017 Consultations - How to Participate

  5. Intercorporate Dividends - Technical Interpretation 2016-0627571E5 Application of proposed amendments to s. 55 Articles:

Principal Residence Exemption

Interest/Penalties on Late Returns and Late-Filed Elections

GST/HST Small Suppliers

Federal Budget 2017 Consultations

Life in the Tax Lane - October 2016

September 26, 2016


  1. Shared-Custody – Canada Child Benefit Morrissey v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 178 (CanLII)

  2. Eligible Educator School Supply Credit

  3. CRA Improved Service Initiative

  4. New T183 Information Return for Electronic Filing of an Individual's Income Tax and Benefit Return

  5. Nanny Payroll Calculator

  6. Employment Benefits (Technical Interpretation (2016-0629351E5) - reimbursement of moving expenses

Life in the Tax Lane - September 2016

August 29, 2016


  1. Change in Legal Title - Technical Interpretation 2016-0647461E5 Beneficial Ownership

  2. Joint Tenancy - Sale of Property - 2016 BCCA 280 Zeligs v. Janes

  3. Books and Records - Church Envelopes - from CRA

  4. Mutual Fund Corporations - Switch Funds - Legislative Proposals July 29, 2016

  5. Lifestyle/Real Estate Audits:

    1. South China Morning Post - Leak reveals secret tax crackdown on foreign-money real estate deals in Vancouver

    2. How does the Canada Revenue Agency address non-compliance in the real estate sector

  6. BC Government News - Foreign Ownership of Residential Properties

  7. Foreign Tax Credits – Support - Technical Interpretation 2016-0634941C6 2016 STEP - Q9 - Support for US FTC Claims Articles:

Joint Ownership of Assets, Beneficial vs Legal Ownership

Records Retention - What Books and Records Must be Kept by an Individual or a Business?

Taxation of Fund Switching in Mutual Fund Corporations (Corporate Class Funds)

Life in the Tax Lane - August 2016

July 28, 2016


  1. Travel Allowances - TI 2015-0613001E5 Payments received for work-related travel expenses

  2. Business or Personal Venture? - Pakzad v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 144 (CanLII) - no longer available

  3. Input Tax Credits – Start-up Phase - Living Friends Tree Farm v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 116 (CanLII)

  4. Shareholder Benefits - Bonhomme v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 152 (CanLII)

  5. Mail Strike – Timely filed Documents?​ (pdf)

  6. Retroactive Registration for GST/HST - Mongrain v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 303 (CanLII) Articles:

GST/HST Information

GST/HST Registration

Life in the Tax Lane – July 2016

June 27, 2016


  1. CRA Electronic Services for Businesses

  2. Small Business Deduction – Campgrounds

  3. In-Trust Accounts – Children

  4. CRA Information Requirements

  5. CRA Overpayment – CCTB and GST/HST​ Articles:

Small Business Deduction

Attribution Rules re Gifts, Transfers, or Loans to a Spouse or Related Minor Child

Child and Family Benefit Programs Provided by Governments

Life in the Tax Lane – June 2016

May 27, 2016


  1. Discussions with CRA – Caution! R. v. Spears, 2016 NSPC 20 (CanLII)

  2. Employment Expenses:

    1. Urquhart v. Canada, 2016 FCA 76 (CanLII) and

    2. Technical Interpretation 2015-0598481I7 Eligibility of Expenses

  3. CRA - German Social Security Pensions​

  4. Principal Residence Exemption – Multigenerational Homes​

  5. Principal Residence Exemption – Renting to a Child​

  6. Partnerships – Notice of Redetermination Receipt​ - Menzies v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 73 (CanLII)

  7. U.S. Limited Liability Limited Partnerships – A Ticking Time Bomb?​ Articles:

Employment Expenses Line 229

Principal Residence Exemption

Life in the Tax Lane – May 2016

April 25, 2016


  1. CRA Report to Parliament

  2. Budget 2016 – Small Business Deduction (SBD) Restrictions

  3. International – Information on Panamanian Accounts Hacked & Mandatory Disclosure of Tax Strategy Online:

    1. Panama firm's clients named in worldwide leak and

    2. New law to force companies to publish information on tax planning and broader tax strategy

  4. Medical Expenses - Technical Interpretation 2015-0612331I7 re oocyte preservation

  5. Stock Option Proposed Changes Dropped

  6. Provincial Budgets – Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador Articles:

Federal 2016 Budget - Small Business Deduction

Eligible Medical Expenses

Alberta 2016 Budget

Newfoundland and Labrador 2016 Budget

Life in the Tax Lane – Apr 2016

March 29, 2016


  1. Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)


    2. RESP Bulletin No. 1R1

    3. January 27, 2016 Technical Interpretation (2015-0583031I7, Podor, K.)

  2. Independent Contractor vs. Employee – Trucker

    1. Tax Court of Canada case (Big Bird Trucking Inc. vs. H.M.Q., 2015-1041(EI), 2015-1051(CPP))

  3. Gross Negligence – Reliance On a Bookkeeper

    1. Tax Court of Canada case (Raymond et al. vs. H.M.Q., 2015-146(IT)I, 2015-1106(IT)I, 2015-158(GST)I)

  4. Employee Travel Expenses – Long Commutes

    1. October 30, 2015 Technical Interpretation (2015-0599631E5, Ryer, A.)

  5. Insurable Earnings – Related Employee

    1. Tax Court of Canada case (Lalande vs. H.M.Q., 2015-207(EI)) Articles:

Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) - Be Aware and Beware!

Employee vs Self-Employed Independent Contractor

Employment Expenses Line 229

Employment Insurance (EI) Premiums are not Payable on Some Wages

Life in the Tax Lane – March 2016

February 29, 2016


  1. Future Changes in CPP Benefits and Premiums?

  2. Principal Residence – Foreign Vacation Property - Income Tax Folio S1-F3-C2, Principal Residence Outside Canada, Paragraph 2.74.

  3. U.S. High Net Worth Purchases- Source 1 and Source 2

  4. Employment Insurance Benefits – While Working But Not Being Paid - Federal Court Judicial Review (Pattamestrige Pereravs. H.M.Q., T-118-15)

  5. Home Accessibility Tax Credit - August 10, 2015 Technical Interpretation (2015-0598591M4, El-Kadi, Randa)

  6. Political Activities Review – Over

  7. Stock Options – Changes Coming? CBC News - New tax rules for stock options coming soon

  8. CRA Collection Policies- Information Circular 98-1R7, Tax Collection Policies

  9. Form T1135 – Jointly Held Property- February 3, 2015 Technical Interpretation (2015-0610641C6, Agarwal, Lata)

  10. Contest- Enter to win a “Tax Ninja” T-shirt.  Tweet your idea of what it takes to be a Tax Ninja and include #lifeinthetaxlane. Draw will be held 3/17/2016 Articles:

Principal Residence Exemption

Home Accessibility Tax Credit

Form T1135 Foreign Asset Reporting - Simplified for the 2015 Tax Year

Life in the Tax Lane – February 2016

January 25, 2016


  1. Auto-Fill My Return

  2. Making Payments to CRA Online – Using a Debit Card

  3. CRA Online Mail

  4. Tips and Gratuities – CPP and EI

  5. Tax Deadlines – 2016 Leap Year:

    1.  Line 208 - RRSP and PRPP deduction

    2.  Marcil Lavallee - The leap year bites - Watch those deadlines!

  6. Taxable Benefits

  7. Life in the Tax Lane – Contest – Enter to Win! Share or like this video on Vimeo or Twitter. Draw will be held 2/2/16 Articles:

Auto-Fill My Return

CRA My Payment

Life in the Tax Lane – January 2016

December 30, 2015


  1. Tax Rate Changes – Income Timing – VTN413(2)

  2. Department of Finance December 7, 2015 news release

    1. 2016 Charitable Donation Tax Credits

    2. Changes to the Taxation of Corporate Investment Income

    3. TFSA Annual Contribution Limit Change

  3. The Proposed Canada Child Benefit Articles:

Federal Legislative Proposals Prior to 2016 Budget

Federal Tax Rate Changes

Donation Tax Credit

TFSA Contribution Limit

Life in the Tax Lane - December 2015

November 27, 2015


  1. Changes Coming for Professional Corporations?

  2. Small Business Deduction (SBD) – CRA Project:  Combined Audits of Owner/Managed Companies

  3. Gifting Tax Shelter – Cash Portion Disallowed - Canada v. Castro, 2015 FCA 225 and Mariano v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 244

  4. Standby Charge – Employer-Branded Vehicles

  5. Revenue Quebec Receives Poor Review from Quebec Ombudsman Articles:

Small Business Deduction

Gifting Tax Shelter Donations

Automobile Standby Charge Benefit

Life in the Tax Lane – November 2015

October 27, 2015

Topics and Sources:

  1. Travel for Medical Purposes - August 24, 2015 Technical Interpretation (2015-0584181E5, Robertson, George A. CPA CMA 905-721-5196)

  2. Services Provided in Canada - September 9, 2015 French Technical Interpretation (2014-0563611E5, Roulier, Yannick)

  3. Offshore Tax Structure – Isle of Man , CBC articles:

    1. KPMG offshore 'sham' deceived tax authorities, CRA alleges

    2. Federal probe of KPMG tax 'sham' stalled in Court

    3. KPMG tax 'sham' could lead to criminal investigation

  4. CRA Creditor Priority - The Taxman Cometh: CRA Priorities in Insolvency Proceedings, by Cox & Palmer

  5. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

    1. IRS Notice 2015-66

    2. The CRA complied with the September 30 FATCA deadline after the IRS advised that Notice 2015-66 did not apply to Canada, Stikeman Elliott

    3. Jurisdictions that have signed agreements

    4. IRS Begins Sending Individual Account Information to Foreign Countries, Wall Street Journal

    5. September 16, 2015 decision of the Federal Court (Hillis and Deegan vs. Attorney General of Canada and the Minister of National Revenue, T-1736-14)

    6. CRA Turns Over Information to United States on 155,000 Canadian Accounts, Robert E. Ward, J.D., LL.M

  6. Tax Liability for Former Spouse - Supreme Court of British Columbia case ((McInerey, Laass, HSBC Bank and Attorney General of Canada, 2015 BCSC 1708, Docket B1546870))

Life in the Tax Lane – October 2015

September 25, 2015

Topics and Sources:

  1. Deducting One’s Own Labour - June 17, 2015 Technical Interpretation (2015-0580791M4, El-Kadi, Randa)

  2. Donating Appreciated Assets - July, 2015 article - Charitable giving: Donation of public company shares

  3. Denied Charitable Donation -  May 12, 2015 Tax Court of Canada case (Mapish vs. H.M.Q., 2013-3695)

  4. Partisan Political Activities - August 21, 2015 CRA Release

  5. Extension to File Notice of Objection - August 26, 2015 Tax Court of Canada (Esmezyan vs. H.M.Q., 2014-3733(GST)APP)

  6. Revival of a Dissolved Corporation July 7, 2015 Motion (1455257 Ontario Inc. (Ontario Inc.) vs. H.M.Q., 2012-4138(IT)G), Article:  Donating Shares or Other Capital Property

Life in the Tax Lane – September 2015

August 31, 2015


  1. Contribute to a TFSA or Retain Cash in Corporation?

  2. Tax Advisor Penalties – Civil vs. Criminal

  3. CRA Collections

  4. Laneway Houses:

    1. Canadian Tax Foundation: GST/HST Implications

    2. CRA:  GI 168 GST/HST Implications of the Construction of Secondary Housing Units

  5. Gift Cards – Meals and Entertainment?

  6. Self-Contained Domestic Establishment (SCDE)

  7. IRS Lawsuit

Life in the Tax Lane – August 2015

July 28, 2015


  1. Intergenerational Wealth Preservation

  2. Blogger’s Business Losses /

  3. CRA - Liaison Officer Initiative (LOI)

  4. Provincial Personal Tax Rates

  5. Residency of a Trust

  6. New Housing Rebate

  7. Input Tax Credits (ITCs)

  8. Risk of Deemed US Residence, Arnold Sherman

Revised: September 19, 2017



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