Earlier this week, CPA Canada hosted a roundtable with CRA where some questions resulting from their October 26, 2020 session were addressed. CRA noted the following:
CEBA – Taxability of Loan Forgiveness
- CRA reaffirmed their comment that the forgivable portion of the CEBA loan is to be included in the year it was received.
- They noted that a loan is still considered a forgivable loan from the outset (and therefore subject to an income inclusion under Paragraph 12(1)(x)) even if there are conditions to be met.
CEWS – Elections and Choices
- CRA noted that there are some elections, and some choices (which don’t require elections), in respect of CEWS claims.
- A “choice” can be amended by filing an amended return but an election previously made currently cannot.
- However, if Bill C-9 passes as proposed, elections will be able to be revoked or amended.
CEWS – Normal Reassessment Period
- The normal reassessment period (three years for Canadian controlled private corporations, individuals and several others) would commence after the day that a CEWS Notice is issued.
- CRA did not specify what a CEWS Notice was.
- The period can be extended where a misrepresentation due to carelessness, neglect, or willful default or fraud has occurred.
CEWS – Work-in-Progress (WIP)
- CRA is still reviewing the appropriate treatment of WIP in respect of the revenue calculations.
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