July 22, 2020 - The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS have released final regulations (2020 Final Regulations) allowing certain domestic shareholders of a “controlled foreign corporation” (CFC) to elect under a high-tax exception to opt out of the tax imposed on the CFC’s “global intangible low-taxed...
Upstream Loans and Dispositions of Foreign Affiliate Shares
This article summarizes the upstream loan rules, and explores the impact of the upstream loan rules in several situations involving dispositions of the shares of the creditor foreign affiliate. In general, under the current rules anomalous results can be avoided with certainty only by causing the parent Canadian company to actually repay its outstanding upstream loans borrowed from any creditor foreign affiliates. This may not always be possible or practical. The repayment requirement is arguably too strict and warrants reconsideration.
June 30, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the imposition of safety measures by governments around the world, including that in Canada, to protect the health of their citizens. Similarly, businesses have imposed safety measures to protect their employees. These measures include restrictions on...