The foreign affiliate dumping rules were originally introduced in the 2012 federal budget. An amended version of the rules was enacted in Bill C-45 on December 14, 2012.
According to Finance, the legislative proposals will:
- Reduce impediments to corporate acquisitions by limiting the application of the rules where a corporation resident in Canada (CRIC) makes an investment in a foreign affiliate before that corporation becomes controlled by a non-resident corporation
- Extend the rule reinstating a CRIC's paid-up capital, where the CRIC distributes to its non-resident shareholder amounts it has received as interest on or from the repayment or sale of certain debt obligations owed to the CRIC by the foreign affiliate
- Ease compliance requirements by making the "paid-up capital offset" rule apply automatically
- Facilitate certain financing arrangements by amending the computation of the CRIC's debt for the purpose of determining the CRIC's debt-to-equity ratio under the thin capitalization rules.
Finance also notes that the proposals include anti-avoidance rules to prevent taxpayers from using certain relieving provisions within these rules in a manner that is inconsistent with the underlying policy by, for example, undertaking transactions to take advantage of both the corporate reorganization provision and the exception from the rules for certain debts.
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