My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humour/sarcasm. You've been warned. Please note the blog posts are time sensitive and subject to changes in legislation or law.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Transferring the Family Cottage-There is no Panacea-Part 2

In the second blog, of my three blog guest post for the Canadian Capitalist; I discuss the income tax implications of transferring or gifting a cottage to your children. Many people are unaware these gifts or sales, often create an immediate income tax liability.

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  1. What happens when three siblings own a cottage and one of the siblings wants to be bought out because they are dying and they need the money but the other two refuse ? The dying sibling has no will and is married with one daughter age 21. What tax implications are there for the surviving spouse and the siblings?

    1. Hi McPhado

      They(you?)need to get a will urgently. In Canada,if you die without a Will you are considered to have died "intestate." Simply put, this means that your provincial government decides how your assets will be divided—and not you. Get a will or tell them to get a will ASAP.