Developments in Taxation: Welcome to the New Age 2017

Course Date: May 26, 2017

Total: 5h 33min

Welcome and Introduction

The Big Picture: What's New in the New Age? 

  • $1 billion for CRA enforcement
  • massive global tax reform
  • increasing tax on the wealthiest 1%
  • tax avoidance vs. tax evasion

Ian Gamble — Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver

Nowhere to Hide: New Audit Initiatives and Voluntary Disclosures

  • offshore compliance initiatives
  • domestic initiatives
  • voluntary disclosures — changes may be coming

Tom Boddez — Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver


Principal Residence Taxation 

  • what is the principal residence exemption
  • changes made in 2016

Parveen B. Karsan — Karsan Law Group, Vancouver

Foreign Buyers Tax/Vacancy Tax 

  • when does the foreign buyers tax apply
  • when does the vacancy tax apply
  • surprises and grey areas

Noah Sarna — Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch


  • PST — hot audit issues four years later
  • GST — changes in legislation and jurisprudence

Rosemary J. Anderson, CA — Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver

Corporate Taxation Update

  • corporate reorganizations
  • transfers
  • s. 55
  • possible changes to professional corporations and small business deductions

Soraya Jamal — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver


Personal Taxation Update 

  • atribution rules
    • what they are, what they are intended to do, and why they are no longer seen as a tax policy solution
  • stock option rules
    • important considerations when granting stock options to employees

Josh Schmidt Schmidt & Gilmour Tax Law LLP, Vancouver

Trusts and Estates Update 

  • graduated rate estates
  • use of trusts as will substitutes to avoid tax and wills variation

Sam S. Liang — Legacy Tax & Trust Lawyers, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments