• Inheritance Tax Unlikely to Benefit Income Inequality
  • August 23, 2018 | Author: Marlin J. Horst
  • Law Firm: Shibley Righton LLP - Toronto Office
  • “One of the problems with an inheritance tax is that the very wealthy will structure their finances in such a way that they don't have to pay it,” says Horst, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP. “People will transfer everything to their heirs before they die or they will set up family trusts — money that will likely go offshore.”

    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) report looked at inequalities in wealth between those on the extreme high end in Canada and everybody else. Economist David Macdonald told CBC News the 87 wealthiest families in the country owned a collective $259 billion at the end of last year.

    “He contrasted that with the numbers for the median Canadian family, which saw its net worth increase by just 15 per cent over the same time period — rising to $295,100 from $257,200,” the article states.