Canada vs Miron and Frères Ltd, June 1955, Supreme Court, Case No. S.C.R. 679

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Miron and Frères Ltd acquired a farm from one of its shareholders, Gérard Miron, at a price ($600.000) far exceeding the original cost ($90.000) one year prior to the transaction. Miron and Frères Ltd claimed a capital cost allowance based on the price paid.

Considering that the purchase was not a transaction “at arm’s length” but was one between a corporation and a controlling shareholder, the tax authorities rejected the claim and based the allowance on the original cost to the shareholder.

Judgement of the Supreme Court

The appeal filed by Miron and Frères Ltd was dismissed with costs.

“Notwithstanding that an assessment is, by virtue of s. 42(6) deemed to be valid and binding, subject to appeal, the appellant saw fit to adduce no evidence with respect to the shares or the subject matter of control apart from the share-holdings as above set out. It is now argued on behalf of the appellant that it was for the respondent to support his decision by such evidence relative to control of the shares so held as he saw fit. In my view this is a misconception. The Minister, having concluded in the making of the assessment that the relevant transaction was not one between persons dealing at arm’s length, it was for the appellant to show error on the part of the Minister in this respect; Johnston v. Minister of National Revenue. This it did not attempt to do.


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1955 scr 679

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