Chapter History S4-F11-C1, Meaning of Farming and Farming Business

Introduction

The purpose of a Chapter History page is to highlight any amendments to the information contained in an interpretation bulletin that is now reflected in a chapter of an income tax folio as well as to identify any subsequent amendments to a folio chapter. It outlines amendments that have been made as a result of legislative changes and proposed legislative changes, precedential court decisions, as well as new or revised interpretations of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Except as otherwise noted, all statutory references herein are references to provisions of the Income Tax Act, R.S.C., 1985, c.1 (5th Supp.), as amended and all references to a Regulation are to the Income Tax Regulations, C.R.C., c. 945, as amended.

Update October 3, 2017

¶1.5 has been amended to delete producing peat moss based on Regulation 1104(3) and because the harvesting of peat, by itself, is not generally considered to be a farming activity.

¶1.13 has been amended to discuss certain sharing or custom work arrangements which may be considered a farming activity.

¶1.26 has been expanded to include a reference to Interpretation Bulletin IT-73R6, The Small Business Deduction.

Update November 8, 2016

General

Income Tax Folio S4-F11-C1, Meaning of Farming and Farming Business, replaces and cancels the following:

  • ¶4, ¶5 and ¶6 of Interpretation Bulletin IT-322R, Farm Losses;
  • ¶13 and ¶14 of Interpretation Bulletin IT-373R2 (Consolidated), Woodlots; and
  • ¶8 and ¶9 of Interpretation Bulletin IT-433R, Farming or Fishing - Use of Cash Method.

In addition to consolidating the content of the former paragraphs, general revisions have been made to improve readability. Any substantive technical and interpretive changes to the information outlined in the former interpretation bulletin paragraphs are described below.

Legislative and other changes

¶1.1 (formerly included in ¶13 of IT-373R2) has been expanded to discuss the concepts of appreciable contribution and the whole aspect of commercial production.

¶1.2 (formerly included in ¶6 of IT-322R) has been expanded to describe what is included in the tillage of the soil.

¶1.3 has been added to describe the common, ordinary and generally accepted meaning of farming for income tax purposes.

¶1.4 (formerly included in ¶4 of IT-322R) has been expanded to discuss guidance from other government agencies.

¶1.5 (formerly included in ¶6 of IT-322R and ¶8 of IT-433R) has been expanded to include a reference to tobacco, marijuana, a maple sugar bush, and peat moss.

¶1.6 (formerly included in ¶2 of IT-427R) has been revised to expand on what is considered to be livestock and to provide a reference to Sniderman v The M.N.R., 89 DTC 323 (TCC).

¶1.7 has been added to discuss a food source.

¶1.8 has been added to discuss raising poultry.

¶1.9 and ¶1.10 (formerly included in ¶6 of IT-322R) have been expanded to discuss fish and shellfish raising which may be considered farming.

¶1.13 (formerly included in ¶6 of IT-322R and ¶25 and ¶26 of IT-268R4) has been expanded to discuss more activities excluded from the definition of farming.

¶1.14 (formerly included in ¶10 of IT-433R) has been expanded to include examples of fishing activities.

¶1.15 has been added to explain that farming generally excludes manufacturing and processing.

¶1.16 has been added to discuss the processing of agricultural product and provides some examples.

¶1.17 (formerly included in ¶1 of IT-433R) has been expanded to mention the election to use the cash method to compute income from a farming business.

¶1.19 (formerly included in ¶13 of IT-349R3) has been expanded to include examples of general management and control of a farming operation.

¶1.20 and 1.21 have been added to discuss two Supreme Court of Canada cases (Stewart and Walls). It also describes how a particular operation must be carried out in a sufficiently commercial manner to be considered a business. The reasonable expectation of profit is no longer accepted as the test to determine whether a taxpayer’s activities constitute a source of business income. That test was formerly found in ¶5 of IT-322R.

¶1.22 has been added to discuss separate businesses.

¶1.23 (formerly included in ¶2 of IT-206R) has been expanded to include an example.

¶1.25 and ¶1.26 have been added to discuss incidental activities.

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