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Jon Newton of KPMG calls the proposed Canadian tax changes the “most significant” he’s seen during his career. Hear his expert explanation of the proposed changes, how they apply to the real estate sector, and arguments for and against the tax-reform proposals.

Topics covered include:

  • The evolution of taxes and what currently exists for businesses.
  • Arguments for and against the proposed tax changes.
  • Income sprinkling, income splitting, and interpreting what is reasonable.
  • Tax management and structure for property owners.
  • Curbing the tax-free capital gains on qualified property.
  • Conversion of dividends to capital gains and surplus stripping.
  • Holding passive investments in private corporations.
  • The fallacy of the tax loophole.
  • Refinancing as a tax effective way of acquiring capital.
  • “Grandfathering” existing investments and the brief window of opportunity.
  • Flaws and issues being talked about in the tax-reform debate.


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A bit about our guest…

Jon Newton, CPA, CA, has 18 years’ experience advising companies throughout the real estate sector, including REITs, public corporations, real estate private equity funds, and private entrepreneurial real estate enterprises. He’s a tax partner in the real estate group with KPMG.

His passion for client service has made him well known as a leading tax advisor to the real estate sector in the GTA.

Jon advises clients on taxation issues associated with the effective structuring of domestic and international real estate operations; tax-advantaged real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financing strategies; M&A transactions, initial public offerings; reorganizations; HST, land transfer tax, and other indirect taxes; and shareholder and estate planning.

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