Category: Tax

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Saskatchewan PST Exemption Reinstated for Equipment Used in the Oil and Gas Industry

January 28, 2019

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance has reinstated a previously repealed provincial sales tax (PST) exemption on permanently mounted equipment (PME) used in the oil and gas industry. As a retroactive change, PST that had been paid on now-exempt equipment can be claimed back as refunds (as tax paid in error).   BACKGROUND Historically, Order in Council 1436/67 (dated August 16,…

What the New Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act Means for B.C. Real Estate

January 4, 2019

British Columbia’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act (Bill 45) (SVTA) recently received royal assent. As announced in the 2018 provincial budget, the SVTA introduces a tax on residential properties left vacant for six months or more within a calendar year (Speculation Tax). APPLICATION OF TAX The Speculation Tax applies on the basis of an owner’s interest in a residential property…

Federal Carbon Pricing System Coming Into Force January 2019: How Will it Impact Your Business?

December 17, 2018

Under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act), the federal government is empowered to administer and enforce a two-pronged carbon pricing system in provinces and territories that either fail to meet the federal benchmark specified in the Act or choose to adopt it voluntarily (Listed Provinces). For a discussion regarding the political and legal challenges surrounding the Act and its…

Selected Tax Measures from the 2018 Fall Economic Statement: Changes for Capital Assets, Canadian Journalism

November 22, 2018

On November 21, 2018, Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (Statement), which includes significant tax changes that take effect immediately. This bulletin highlights two tax measures included in the Statement: changes to Canadian tax depreciation rates for new investments in capital assets, and measures designed to support Canadian journalism. ACCELERATED TAX DEPRECIATION FOR NEW…

Canada Details Federal Carbon Pricing System in Face of Increasing Opposition

October 26, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced additional details regarding the federal carbon pricing system and published draft regulations amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). A federal fuel charge of C$20 per tonne of carbon emissions will come into effect in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan in April 2019 and in Yukon and Nunavut in…

2018 Legal Trends: The Sharing Economy

June 12, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article takes a closer look at the sharing economy and how this new economic model impacts suppliers, customers and platform providers in various ways. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the sharing economy evolves.

CRA Publishes Excise Duty Guidance and Licence Applications for Cannabis Producers

May 16, 2018

On May 14, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its first guidance for cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products, as well as the application forms for excise duty licences and the cannabis excise stamping regime. The CRA has also committed to publishing at least one additional excise duty notice to explain how the proposed additional cannabis duty, which…

2018 Quebec Budget: Non-Quebec Residents Required to Register under Provincial Sales Tax Regime

April 11, 2018

The Quebec government recently tabled its 2018-2019 budget (Budget), which announced a number of tax measures, including an initiative to expand the scope of the Quebec sales tax regime (QST) by introducing an obligation for non-residents of the province to register, collect and remit under certain circumstances, the QST on supplies made in the province. The QST regime is the…

Federal Court of Appeal Affirms Common Interest Privilege in Deal Context

March 8, 2018

On March 6, 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal (Court) released its reasons in Iggillis Holdings Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) confirming common interest privilege as a valid exception to waiver in non-litigious circumstances. More specifically, in certain circumstances, parties with a common interest in the completion of a commercial transaction can share privileged legal advice with each other, on…

2018 Federal Budget: Excise Tax on Cannabis

March 2, 2018

On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2018 Federal Budget (2018 Budget), which looks to implement the excise duty framework for cannabis that was proposed in November 2017 (see our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Proposes Excise Duties for Cannabis Producers). The duty will generally apply to all products available for legal purchase, which at the outset…

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