Précis: The subsection 160(1) reassessments under appeal all resulted from dividends paid by an operating company in which the Smith Family had a 50% interest:
 Each of the four appellants has appealed an assessment under section 160 of the Income Tax Act. The assessments of HLB Smith Holdings Limited (the “Holding Company”) and the Smith Family Trust (2001) relate to the payment of dividends in 2007 and 2008 by Power Electric Systems Limited (the “Operating Company”) to the Holding Company and, in the case of the Smith Family Trust (2001), the subsequent payment of dividends by the Holding Company to that trust. The assessments of Wayne Smith and Brenda Lee Brunelle relate to subsequent distributions by the Smith Family Trust (2001) to each of Mr. Smith and Ms. Brunelle.
The other 50% was owned by the Scott Family. The taxpayer argued that they were not dealing at less than arm’s length with the Operating Company since Mr. Smith was a passive director who accepted the decisions of Mr. Scott in terms of dividends and other corporate matters. The Tax Court rejected this argument holding that Mr. Smith and Mr. Scott acted in concert to control the Operating Company and therefore each of the appellants dealt at less than arm’s length with the Operating Company for the purposes of subsection 160(1). As a result all of the appeals were dismissed with costs.
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