2019 Tax Rules on Investment Income for Canadian Controlled Private Corporations Watch Video

Allan Madan, CPA, CA
 Jul 9, 2018

The Liberal Government of Canada recently introduced new tax rules Read More…


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  1. Thank you
    Thank you, great post i understand it now.
    I love this blog

    Quick question in general about passive income / stocks.

    I bought a bunch of dividend paying stocks ( Td bank , Sunlife etc). Through my corporate direct investing account.

    Do i add the total amount i get in dividends for my corporations year to year (Aug to Aug) ? or calender year for tax purposes.

    And what about capital gains.? Some stocks i have sold. Others like TD bank i dont plan on selling anytime soon.


    1. Hi Russ,

      Include the dividend income earned and capital gains realized during the fiscal period (August to August) of your company in your company’s taxable income. Canadian portfolio dividends (like the ones that your company is receiving) are tax deductible under Section 112 of the Canadian Income Tax Act. However, they will be subject to Part 4 tax.

      Note that for capital gains, only 1/2 of the gain is included in your company’s taxable income.

  2. Are there any implications of this change on a Corp that has no active income and only has passive income?

    1. Hi Eric,
      Thank you for your positive feedback. Yes, there have been other changes. Please see this link for a webinar that I hosted on 2019 tax changes for Canadian corporations: http://madanca.com/blog/webinar-tax-changes-for-2019-small-business-corporations-in-canada/

  3. Great info.

    So it makes no sense anymore investing for passive income through corporation. Is that a reasonable statement?

    1. Not necessarily. If your available cash is trapped in your corporate bank account, then it still makes sense to purchase real estate through a corporation. Otherwise, you will have to withdraw your corporate cash and pay personal taxes on it.

  4. Hello Allan,

    What if you sell real estate owned by your corporation?
    What would be the tax treatment on the capital gain for the corporation and then to you when you draw the profits?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Stan,
      When your corporation sells an investment property for profit, the following will occur:

      (1) One half of the capital gain will be included in the corporation’s taxable income for the year
      (2) The corporation will pay tax at an approximate rate of 50% on the taxable portion of the gain
      (3) The non-taxable portion of the gain will be added to the corporation’s capital dividend account
      (4) A capital dividend can be paid tax-free to the shareholder(s) from the capital dividend account
      (5) A taxable dividend can be paid from the after-tax profits of the corporation to the shareholder

      Once you factor all of the corporate taxes and personal taxes payable, the end result is that the total tax burden will be approximately 25% of the total gain.

  5. The deduction is from the $500,000 original maximum small business cap. So $90,000 in passive income reduces $200,000 from the maximum $500,000 and NOT the ACTUAL active income of $300,000, which is $500k-200k=$300k will be taxed under the low 13.5% tax bracket, so the actual active business income of $300,000 is ALL taxed under the lower tax rate and is still 13.5%

    1. Hi,
      The SBD limit is the lower of (A) the ABI earned in the year and (B) $500,000. In this example, the ABI earned in the year is $300,000, which means that the SBD limit before the reduction is $300,000. Since the investment income earned in the year is $90,000, the SBD limit of $300,000 will be reduced by $200,000. As a result, $100,000 of ABI will be taxed at a lower rate of 12.5%, and the remaining $200,000 of taxable income will be taxed at approximately 26%.

  6. Hi,
    My wife and I own all shares of a CC corporation. In 2019 our revenue will be about $340,000 with income before tax of about $160,000. We are thinking of selling the business as an asset sale in 2019 for $500,000. How much tax will the company have to pay? Thanks

    1. Hi Terry,
      Your corporation will have to pay a tax of 25% on the profits made on the sale of its assets, including capital assets and goodwill. For a more accurate tax estimate, I will need a copy of the financial statements and most recent corporate tax return filed. My email address is amadan@madanca.com


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