2017 Optimizer News Flash

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Passive Income Legislation Update

The Department of Finance released new information today on the proposed changes aimed at penalizing companies earning investment income as follows:

• Passive income earned in a private corporation exceeding $50,000 per year (equivalent to a 5% return on a $1,000,000 portfolio) will be subject to an additional punitive tax. The tax rate and effective date is not specified. Under the previous proposals, the tax rate could be as high as 73%.

• The government states that the measures will only apply on a go-forward basis and that investments already made by private corporations’ owners, including the future income earned from such investments, will be protected. At this point there is no specific information and it is unclear how this will be implemented. There is no mention in this regard for investments of previously accumulated corporate earnings.

• Tax rates on dividends (other than eligible dividend) will increase. This will increase the personal taxes payable on dividends paid out of investment income earned by private companies. As currently announced, this increase will apply regardless of whether the company’s source of funds is from previously generated business income or not.

• Unspecified incentives will be put in place to protect venture capital and angel investors.

• Consideration will be given as to the appropriate scope of the new tax regime with respect to capital gains, including whether in certain circumstances the new rules should exclude capital gains realized on the sale of shares of a corporation engaged in an active business.

• Draft legislation is to be released in the 2018 federal budget, including a technical description of how the passive investment income threshold will be applied. Specific details remain unknown until then.

Finance also announced earlier this week:

• The small business tax rate will decrease from 10.5% to 9% by 2019.

• The July 18 proposals limiting access to the capital gains exemption will be abandoned.

• The July 18 proposals targeting income splitting will be “simplified” with revised legislation to be released before the end of the year.

Further details on the earlier announcements are available in our October 16 Optimizer Newsflash on our website: http://www.sfgroup.ca

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Brook Scarr, CPA, CA
Partner, Taxation

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