Identical properties

Properties of a group are considered to be identical if each property in the group is the same as all the others. The most common examples of identical properties are shares of the same class of the capital stock of a corporation or units of a mutual fund trust.

You may buy and sell several identical properties at different prices over a period of time. If you do this, you have to calculate the average cost of each property in the group at the time of each purchase to determine your adjusted cost base (ACB) (dispositions of identical properties do not affect the ACB).

The T3 - Statement of Trust Income Allocations and Designations slip includes box 42, "Amount resulting in cost base adjustment". The amount in box 42 represents a change in the capital balance of the mutual fund trust identified on the slip.

If Box 42 contains a negative amount, add this amount to the ACB of the units of the trust identified on the slip.

If Box 42 contains a positive amount, subtract this amount from the adjusted cost base of the units of the trust identified on the slip.

If the ACB of the trust units is reduced below zero during the tax year, the negative amount is deemed to be a capital gain in the year. The ACB of the trust units is deemed to be zero. Enter the amount of the capital gain on line 132 of your Schedule 3 (place a zero on line 131 since there is no actual sale of units).

Note

Generally, the following properties are not considered identical properties:

  • securities acquired under an employee option agreement that are subject to the benefit deferral or are designated and disposed of within 30 days; and
  • certain employer shares received by an employee as part of a lump sum payment upon withdrawal from a deferred profit sharing plan.

As a result, the ACB averaging rule described above does not apply to these types of securities. Each of these securities will have its own ACB determined in the usual way.

A bond, debenture, or similar debt obligation that a debtor issues is considered to be identical to another if:
  • the same debtor issues both; and
  • all the attached rights are the same.

The principal amount of individual debt obligations being the same is not enough for such debts to be considered identical properties. They must still meet the two conditions listed above.

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