Mutual funds investment distributions

Taxable Canadian property gains distributions

Non-residents who invest in Canadian mutual fund investments may be taxable on capital gains distributions made by mutual fund trusts and on capital gains dividends paid by mutual fund corporations from the disposition of taxable Canadian property (TCP). TCP includes real property in Canada, Canadian resource properties, and Canadian timber resource properties.

This non-resident tax applicable to TCP gains distributions only applies if more than 5% of the total capital gains dividend paid by a mutual fund corporation and more than 5% of the total capital gains distribution paid by a mutual fund trust are paid or designated for non-resident persons. Mutual fund trusts and mutual fund corporations have to maintain a separate TCP gains distribution account to track all capital gains for the disposition of TCP. The mutual fund has to report these amounts and the withholding tax on an NR4 slip.

Assessable distributions

Non-residents who invest in Canadian property mutual fund investments taxable at a rate of 15% on any amount not otherwise taxed that mutual fund pays or credits them. A Canadian property mutual fund investment is an exchange-listed mutual fund that derives more than 50% of its unit or share value from real property in Canada, Canadian resource properties, or Canadian timber resource properties. The mutual fund has to report these amounts, called assessable distributions, and the withholding tax on an NR4 slip.

Generally, the 15% tax withheld on the assessable distributions is considered the final tax obligation to Canada on that income.

A non-resident investor may apply any loss realized on the disposition of a Canadian property mutual fund investment against assessable distributions received, up to the amount of the total assessable distributions paid or credited on the investment. The non-resident investor applies the loss and can claim any resulting refund by filing Form T1262, Part XIII.2 Tax Return for Non-Resident's Investments in Canadian Mutual Funds. Unused amounts of this special form of capital loss, which can be used only for this purpose, may be carried back three tax years or carried forward indefinitely.

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