In the Quebec provincial budget for 2013-2014, the Quebec government said it would step up its efforts to fight tax evasion by implementing several initiatives including the creation of new filing obligations for certain trusts.
Income tax return filing for trusts
Quebec says it will amend the tax legislation so that a trust (other than an excluded trust; for example a testamentary trust, mutual find trust and specified investment flow-through) subject to Quebec income tax must file an income tax return for a taxation year if it meets one of the following conditions:
- In calculating its income for the taxation year, the trust deducts an amount allocated to a beneficiary, regardless of the beneficiary's place of residence
- The trust is resident in Quebec on the last day of the taxation year and owns at some time in that taxation year property the total of whose cost amounts exceeds $250,000
- The trust is not resident in Quebec on the last day of the taxation year and owns, at some time in that taxation year, property that was used in carrying on a business in Quebec the total of whose cost amounts exceeds $250,000.
Addition of an obligation on a trust to file an information return
Quebec says that it will amend the tax legislation so that an information return must be filed by a trust (other than an excluded trust) that is resident in Canada outside Quebec and that owns a specified immovable (or is a member of a partnership that owns a specified immovable) at some time in a taxation year. Quebec defines "specified immovable" as an immovable, including a right in the immovable, that is located in Quebec and that is used mainly to earn gross revenue that constitutes rent.
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